SUMAC Team Up With Keiji Haino For New Collaborative Album “Into This Juvenile Apocalypse Our Golden Blood To Pour Let Us Never”

SUMAC have joined forces with Keiji Haino for a new collaborative album titled “Into This Juvenile Apocalypse Our Golden Blood To Pour Let Us Never.” The effort will be available on October 7.

“Into This Juvenile Apocalypse Our Golden Blood To Pour Let Us Never” Track Listing:

01. “When logic rises morality falls Logic and morality in Japanese are but one character different”
02. “A shredded coiled cable within this cable sincerity could not be contained”
03. “Into this juvenile apocalypse our golden blood to pour let us never”
04. “Because the evidence of a fact is valued over the fact itself truth??? becomes fractured”
05. “That fuzz pedal you planted in your throat, its screw has started to come loose Your next effects pedal is up to you do you have it ready?”
06. “That “regularity” of yours, can you throw it further than me? And I don’t mean “discarding” it“

SUMAC commented:

“‘Into this juvenile apocalypse our golden blood to pour let us never‘ our third collaborative album with Keiji Haino will be released by Thrill Jockey on Oct 7th.

We are honored to have worked with Haino once again, and very excited to finally be able to share the music we made together this time around. Though we have enjoyed all of our experiences working with him, this iteration was the best yet and represents the most fluid melding of our creative spirits – resulting in a new whole rather than parallel streams.

Thanks to Haino for prying open our world to generate fresh perspectives, and Thrill Jockey for facilitating the physical manifestations of our efforts. Details, cover art, etc. can be found on our Bandcamp page. Thank you!”

SUMAC Announce European Tour

SUMAC have announced a European tour. The trek will take place this October.

Tour Dates:

10/01 Stockholm, SWE – Gloomy Days Fest
10/02 Helsinki, FIN – Tavastia (feat. Pharaoh Overlord)
10/03 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega (feat. Patrick Shiroishi)
10/05 Antwerp, BEL – Trix (feat. Patrick Shiroishi)
10/06 Tilburg, NET – Hall Of Fame (feat. Patrick Shiroishi)
10/07 Metz, FRA – Les Trinitaires (feat. Patrick Shiroishi)
10/08 Monthey, SWI – Pont Rouge (feat. Patrick Shiroishi)
10/09 Zurich, SWI – Rote Fabrik (feat. Patrick Shiroishi)
10/11 Barcelona, SPA – Sala Boveda (feat. Patrick Shiroishi)
10/12 Madrid, SPA – Mon Live (feat. Deafheaven)
10/13 Porto, POR – Amplifest

SUMAC commented:

“We are very happy to announce we are returning to Europe for the first time in a long while, and are grateful to be bringing our friend and excellent musician Patrick Shiroishi along with us. Though we’re not able to make stops in all the places we’d like to go, we’re covering as much ground as possible in the time allowed. Additionally, we’re performing at the Gloomy Days Festival in Stockholm for the first time, and returning to Porto (one of our favorite places), for another wonderful installment of Amplifest. Lastly, we’ll be sharing stages with Pharaoh Overlord and Deafheaven for special one off bills along the way. Thanks to all who helped facilitate these activities and looking forward to seeing you soon.”

SUMAC Announce East Coast Tour

SUMAC have announced an East Coast tour with Big Brave and Tashi Dorji. Here’s the dates for that run:

08/08 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
08/09 Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary
08/10 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
08/11 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
08/12 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
08/13 Brooklyn, NY – The Market Hotel
08/14 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
08/15 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
08/17 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle (feat. Manas)
08/18 Durham, NC – The Pinhook (feat. Manas)
08/19 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
08/20 Nashville, TN – DRKMTTR
08/21 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups

SUMAC Announce West Coast Tour

SUMAC have announced a March West Coast tour. Blood Spore, Zachary James Watkins, Patrick Shiroishi, and Degraved will open on select dates.

Tour Dates:

03/03 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (feat. Degraved & Zachary James Watkins)
03/04 Bellingham, WA – TBA (feat. Blood Spore & Zachary James Watkins)
03/05 Seattle, WA – Substation (feat. Blood Spore, Degraved & Zachary James Watkins)
03/06 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios (feat. Blood Spore & Zachary James Watkins)
03/08 Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club (feat. Blood Spore & Zachary James Watkins)
03/09 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex (feat. Blood Spore, Zachary James Watkins & Patrick Shiroishi)
03/11 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress (feat. Blood Spore & Patrick Shiroishi)
03/12 Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar (feat. Blood Spore & Patrick Shiroishi)
03/13 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater (feat. Blood Spore & Patrick Shiroishi)
03/14 Salt Lake City, UT – The DLC (feat. Blood Spore & Patrick Shiroishi)
03/15 Boise, ID – Neurolux (feat. Blood Spore & Patrick Shiroishi)

SUMAC commented:

“Very happy to announce our first tour in over 2 years:

West coast // March 2022 // with the inspiring musical entities: Blood Spore, Zachary James Watkins, Patrick Shiroishi, and on 2 NW dates, Degraved. Though of course we cannot predict the certainty of this tour actually happening given the current climate, we are none the less very excited by the prospect of it. We’re looking forward to spending time making music with one another for more that a couple hours, and to seeing you all out there. Much love to all involved, and hope to be in your presence shortly……”

SUMAC Release New Song “Two Beasts”

SUMAC have released a new song titled “Two Beasts.” The band commented:

“Out today: SUMAC “Two Beasts” 7″/DL via Sub Pop Records . One of our favorite songs we’ve made, and a piece of music we’re happy to be sharing with you during this very tumultuous year. Thank you for listening. Much love, A/B/N//SUMAC”⠀

Brian Cook On SUMAC Refusing To Release Their New Album On Spotify: “Spotify Is Great For The Consumer, But Their Pay Rate To Artists Is Dismal”

As previously reported, SUMAC have decided to keep their new album “May You Be Held” off of Spotify to protest the company. Now, while responding to a fan on Tumblr, bassist Brian Cook further discussed their decision, saying they took issue with CEO Daniel Ek treating “music as a commodity” and the service’s low payouts for artists.

Cook said the following:

“…It was a bit of a last minute decision.

I’m not anti-streaming. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a much bigger fan of streaming services than the old P2P platforms like Napster and Pirate’s Bay because there’s at least some accountability to artists and some artistic control that can be exercised on our end.

There was nothing more frustrating back in the ‘00s than finding out some shitty low grade rip of your unreleased album was up on some dude’s blog and having that dude talk about how you should be grateful for his help in spreading the word on your band. Ugh.

But it’s also pretty annoying to have a CEO of one of the largest streaming services talk about your music as a commodity and how you should be thankful for his streaming platform because it’s the only future for music.

Spotify is great for the consumer, but their pay rate to artists is dismal. And while I see Spotify as a great tool for investigating potential vinyl purchases and/or accessing my library when I’m away from home, I’m also aware that it’s become an easy way for folks to circumvent supporting the fragile economy of artists, labels, and record stores. Is Spotify convenient? Absolutely! Is it imperative that our music exists on their site? Absolutely not.

There’s also the factor of knowing May You Be Held is a difficult record to absorb as a cursory listen. I don’t want this record to be something you play on your phone’s speaker while you’re doing dishes. I want folks to actually sit down and listen to it on a quality set of speakers.

So by taking it off of Spotify, we’re reminding the CEOs of tech companies that we don’t need them and reminding listeners that our music isn’t meant to be some ephemera that you listen to once or twice and move on from… it’s something that you should take some time to ponder and develop an appreciation for.

And while I realize that’s a big ask in a time where there’s so much music vying for your attention, I also think it’s valid to try and shape the listener’s experience. Art isn’t always meant to be easy.

And if you’re a streaming-only kind of person, there’s always the lovely artist-friendly Bandcamp option here.”

[via The PRP]

SUMAC Keep “May You Be Held” Off Spotify To Protest The Service

SUMAC have decided to keep their new album “May You Be Held” off of Spotify in an effort to protest the service. Mike Boyd, director of publicity at Thrill Jockey Records, said the following about that:

“Apologies for the confusion y’all. The iron chair was up as a single before the decision was made to not have the album on Spotify. The album BEING on Spotify was a glitch, which I had to fix. After the pretty repugnant statements Spotify‘s CEO made earlier this year, the band asked that the album not be available on that platform.”

[via The PRP]

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.”