Michael Lessard (The Contortionist) Premieres “Use The Rest” Video

The Contortionist’s Michael Lessard has premiered a new video for his new song “Use The Rest.“ You can check that out below:

Lessard commented:

“I’m beyond excited to announce the release of my debut song to the world! I’ve worked very hard to make a song and video that I thought would be the best representation of what is to come.”

He also added:

“‘Use The Rest‘ is the first of many singles/videos to be released. I’ve been lucky enough to team up with Good Fight Music, who have allowed me to build on the idea of creating standalone pieces of music and video for now. I look forward to sharing more music very soon!”

JIA Premiere New Song “Become” Feat. Micheal Lessard (The Contortionist) & Eddie DeCesare (Monochromatic Black)

JIA have premiered a new song titled “Become.” The track, which features Micheal Lessard (The Contortionist) and Eddie DeCesare (Monochromatic Black), can be heard below. JIA commented:

“‘Become‘ is the second in a series of singles for which we collaborated with guest artists. This track blends rhythmic complexity and ominous harmony with haunting melodies that float above the industrial instrumental.”

[via MetalSucks]

Watch The Contortionist Perform “Reimagined” Live In-Studio

The Contortionist have shared footage of themselves playing “Reimagined” live at the Machine Shop Recording Studio in Weehawken, NJ. The performance was recorded as part of the “Machine Shop Live” series. If you missed it, you can also find “Early Grave” from that session HERE.

[via Revolver]

Devin Townsend Postpones Remaining North American Dates

Devin Townsend has postponed the remaining dates on his North American tour with Haken and The Contortionist due to the coronavirus pandemic. The shows will be rescheduled at a later date.

Townsend commented:

“It is with immense disappointment that I have been put in the position to announce the postponement of the remaining dates on my Empath Vol. 1 North American Tour due to Corona Virus.

With the travel ban In effect from Europe and the consequent chaos that has brought to travel plans, as well as the increasing social unrest, combined with the fact that half of this crew is either European or from the UK, it put us in a tenuous position. Several of the dates have been cancelled by the state, and I suspect many more to come.

This is a postponement, not a cancellation. And your support has been tremendous thus far. The best it’s been in North America. Thank you and immense apologies to those who were looking forward to it.

Also, apologies to our fantastic crew and incredible band for the loss of income.

Thank you for your patience and sorry for the short notice. This came up overnight in a chaotic flurry of new information.

Much love, till next time

Team Dev would very much appreciate your continued support by purchasing the leftover tour merch from Devin‘s official webstore (www.omerch.com). Plenty of the shirts, CDs, LPs and items that were sold during the tour will soon become available, hopefully, next week already.”

The Contortionist Premiere Music Video For Cover Of The Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979”

The Contortionist have premiered a new video for their cover of The Smashing Pumpkins‘ “1979.“ This track appears on the band’s 2019 EP “Our Bones.” Vocalist Michael Lessard commented:

“We’re very excited to release a video for our cover of The Smashing Pumpkins‘ timeless song ‘1979‘. It’s a song that we all grew up with and hold dear to our hearts. It felt only fitting to use footage from the growing years of the band for this one.”

[via Consequence Of Sound]

Devin Townsend Announces North American Tour With Haken & The Contortionist

Devin Townsend has announced a headlining North American tour. Haken and The Contortionist will open.

Tour Dates:

02/27 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/28 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
02/29 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
03/01 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
03/03 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
03/05 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
03/06 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
03/07 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
03/09 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
03/10 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
03/12 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
03/13 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
03/14 Chicago, IL – Metro
03/15 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
03/16 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
03/19 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03/20 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
03/21 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
03/23 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
03/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
03/25 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

Coheed And Cambria Announce October Dates With The Contortionist & Astronoid

Coheed And Cambria have announced some October headlining shows with The Contortionist and Astronoid. Here’s the dates:

10/11 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater (no The Contortionist)
10/14 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/15 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
10/17 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
10/18 Saint Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater
10/19 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues

The Contortionist To Release New EP “Our Bones” In August, Premiere “Early Grave” Music Video

The Contortionist have announced that they will be releasing a new EP titled “Our Bones“ on August 9. The effort will come with four tracks including: “Follow,” “Early Grave,” “All Grey,” and a cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979.” You can find an official video for “Early Grave” below. Michael Lessard said the following about the EP:

“We try to do something different with everything we create. With our albums, we tend to work with overarching interconnected themes. ‘Our Bones‘ is a departure. It offered an opportunity to dive into some things we haven’t had a chance to explore, and the shorter EP format allowed us to be hyper-focused on each song.”

The Contortionist Announce July Headlining Shows

The Contortionist have announced some July dates with Nick Johnston. These shows will take place around their tour with Between The Buried And Me. Here’s the dates:

07/18 Madison, WI – The Annex
07/19 Lafayette, IN – Lafayette Theater
07/27 Amityville, NY – Revolution Music Hall