SUMAC Premiere New Song “The Iron Chair”

SUMAC have premiered a new song titled “The Iron Chair.” This track is from the band’s new album “May You Be Held,“ which will be released on September 18. Vocalist/guitarist Aaron Turner commented:

“As an artist in this time of significant upheaval, society seemingly having reached the end of its current iteration, it’s of critical importance to absorb and interpret this process of dissolution – and of the transformation that hopefully follows it. While I don’t believe we’re on the brink of collective destruction precisely now, this is clearly a pivotal stage in the story of humankind – and there is something that feels right about this music at this exact and very uncertain moment.”

SUMAC To Release New Album “May You Be Held” in September

SUMAC will be releasing a new album titled “May You Be Held“ on September 18. You can find the cover art and track listing for that below:

“May You Be Held” Track Listing:

01. “A Prayer For Your Path”
02. “May You Be Held”
03. “The Iron Chair”
04. “Consumed”
05. “Laughter And Silence”

Aaron Turner commented:

“As an artist in this time of significant upheaval, society seemingly having reached the end of its current iteration, it’s of critical importance to absorb and interpret this process of dissolution – and of the transformation that hopefully follows it. While I don’t believe we’re on the brink of collective destruction precisely now, this is clearly a pivotal stage in the story of humankind – and there is something that feels right about this music at this exact and very uncertain moment.”

He also added:

“It’s clear humans have figured out many ways over the centuries to acclimate to adverse circumstances, and even to thrive in them. My hope for our family, humanity and future generations, is that we find our way by doing what we have always done—invent, adapt, band together, and ideally, hold each other up through love and kindness.”

SUMAC Release Live Album “St Vitus 09​/​07​/​2018”

SUMAC have released a new live album via Bandcamp. The effort was recorded at St. Vitus in Brooklyn, NY on September 7, 2018. The group commented:

“Here is a new release from SUMAC: St Vitus – 09/07/2018. It is out today via SIGE Records and benefits various mutual aid organizations. It was recorded live at Saint Vitus Bar by Greg Moss, mixed by Kurt Ballou and mastered by James Plotkin. The songs featured vary significantly from the studio versions. We hope you will enjoy and/or support if you are able. Thank you. ❤️”

SUMAC Begin Recording New Album

SUMAC have started the recording process for their new album at The Unknown in Anacortes, WA. The band confirmed the news in the below post:

SUMAC And Keiji Haino Share New Collaborative Song

SUMAC and Keiji Haino have shared a new collaborative track titled “Now I’ve Gone And Done It I Spilled Holy Water (Just Water) Over That Thing Called Healing Music……………………………. / There Was A Faint “Tsk” Noise.” This song is from their new collaborative album “Even For Just The Briefest Moment / Keep Charging This “expiation” / Plug In To Making It Slightly Better,“ which will be released on June 28 via Trost Records.

SUMAC Announce Announce European/UK Tour With Baptists, Endon, & Nordra

SUMAC have announced a European/UK tour with Baptists. Endon and Nordra will also perfom on select dates.

Tour Dates:

03/08 Aalborg, DEN – 1000fryd (with Nordra)
03/09 Copenhagen, DEN – Alice (with Nordra)
03/10 Gothenburg, SWE – Skjul Fyra Sex (with Nordra)
03/11 Oslo, NOR – Blä (with Nordra)
03/12 Stockholm, SWE – Kafe 44 (with Nordra)
03/14 Dortmund, NET – Junkyard (with Endon)
03/15 Brussels, BEL – Magasin 4 (with Endon)
03/16 Bristol, UK – The Exchange (with Endon)
03/17 Glasgow, UK – Stereo (with Endon)
03/18 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute (with Endon)
03/19 London, UK – The Underworld (with Endon)
03/20 Paris, FRA – Petit Bain (with Endon)
03/21 Karlsruhe, GER – Jubez (with Endon)
03/22 Leipzig, GER – Institut fur Zukunft (with Endon)
03/23 Berlin, GER – Zukunft Am Ostkreuz (with Endon)
04/13 Tilburg, NET – Roadburn Festival (feat. Cave In, Sleep, etc.)

SUMAC Announce West Coast Tour

SUMAC have announced a January West Coast tour. Divide And Dissolve and Tashi Dorji will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

01/11 Vancouver, BC – The Astoria
01/12 Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
01/13 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
01/15 Chico, CA – Naked Lounge
01/16 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
01/17 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
01/18 Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon
01/19 San Diego – Brick By Brick
01/20 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
01/22 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse
01/23 Austin, TX – Barracuda
01/24 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
01/26 Albuquerque, NM – Sister
01/27 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

SUMAC Stream New Song “Attis’ Blade”

SUMAC are streaming a new song titled “Attis’ Blade.” This track is from the band’s new album “Love In Shadow,” which will be released on September 21.

Aaron Turner commented:

“While all ‘Love In Shadow was written before our recording session with [Keiji Haino,] that experience further bolstered our confidence to travel further into territories free of preconceived structure and melody. Immediacy, intuition, and risk have become an increasingly important aspect of our music making.

Before SUMAC was even a fully-formed band there was a goal I had in mind for how to approach writing songs: marrying fully realized structures to freely improvised movements – and trying to find fluid passages between these worlds. ‘Attis’ Blade‘ is a breakthrough for us in that it comes closer to meeting that goal than anything else we’ve written previously.

It’s a song I’m happy with in its own right, and more importantly as a key to the next step in our evolutional process. In this song I hear the three of us learning to trust one another more fully, and collectively embracing a more expansive dimension of our existence.

Lyrically the song has to do with succumbing to base desires, the subsequent self-abuse/admonishment to atone for these perceived transgressions of moral code, and also the personal histories that can lead to this kind of behavioral dysfunction.”

SUMAC Announce North American Tour With Dälek & Infernal Coil

SUMAC have announced a headlining tour with Dälek and Infernal Coil. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Love In Shadow“ (out September 21).

Tour Dates:

09/01 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (‘Scorched Tundra X‘) (no Dälek & Infernal Coil)
09/02 Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing Company (with John Mueller & Infernal Coil) (no Dälek)
09/03 Detroit, MI – El Club
09/04 Toronto, ON – The Garrison
09/05 Montreal, QC – Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.
09/06 Allston, MA – Great Scott
09/07 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
09/08 Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust (with Lussuria) (no Infernal Coil)
09/09 Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA
09/11 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
09/12 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
09/14 Durham, NC – The Pinhook
09/15 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
09/16 Nashville, TN – The End

SUMAC To Release New Album “Love In Shadow” In September

SUMAC have announced that they will be releasing their new album “Love In Shadow” on September 21. The effort was recorded at Robert Lang Studios in Shoreline, WA and it was produced and mixed by Converge‘s Kurt Ballou. Aaron Turner commented:

“Since many of the surface level aspects of our being are often used as divisive tools to separate/alienate us from one another, the intent here is reveal that at our base level all humans desire and need to be loved and accepted for who they are, for just being.”

“Love In Shadow” Track Listing:

01. “The Task”
02. “Attis’ Blade”
03. “Arcing Silver”
04. “Ecstasy Of Unbecoming”