Crack Cloud Announce New LP Red Mile

Crack Cloud, announce their new album, Red Mile, will arrive on July 26th, via their new label Jagjaguwar
Crack Cloud Photo Credit: Megan-Magdalena Bourne

Crack Cloud, announce their new album, Red Mile, will arrive on July 26th, via their new label Jagjaguwar, today they share lead single/video, “Blue Kite.” Additionally, the band have announced North American, UK, and European tour dates. After self-releasing their expansive and genreless first two EPs and two albums, the band — now composed of Zach Choy, Aleem Khan, Bryce Cloghesy, Will Choy, Emma Acs, Eve Adams, and Nathaniel Philips, and are joined by creative director Aidan Pontarini.

Red Mile is described as a departure from their 2020 album Pain Olympics, and their 2022 follow-up work, Tough Baby, Red Mile is the product of swift, group collaboration. Recorded predominantly between the outskirts of Joshua Tree, California, and Calgary, Alberta, the resulting album is informed by a bittersweet melange of new beginnings and familiar places. The sprawling, novelistic structures of their previous albums are condensed, but the group is unwilling as ever to deal in superficiality. Through playful melodies and elliptical guitar soliloquy, they deliver a record of exceptional depth and distinctly unprecious warmth. The record’s “lived-in” feel is less a comfy armchair and more a picture frame carefully mended with electrical tape.

From Zach Choy

When we were recording the album Red Mile in the Mojave Desert, I spent nights reading about 20th century China. My grandparents migrated to Canada during Mao’s Great Leap Forward, and besides the photo albums and childhood memories, I have little basis for understanding their experience.
Beginning in the late 80s there came to be a generation of Chinese filmmakers whose main subject was the depiction of life during the Cultural Revolution. The films from this time examine the growing pains of national identity, without the glorification that defined National cinema up until then.
As the viewer with a degree of generational and cultural separation, I found an unusual sense of reprieve in the nuance of it all. And as our time drifted by in the desert, I continued to look inward.

The music of Red Mile came naturally, and of its own volition.
The Mojave had an elemental effect.
The seemingly never-ending labyrinth of touring into exhaustion that characterized preceding years.
And the externalization of Crack Cloud’s mythology, displaced and dismantled as we’ve grown out of ourselves, constantly, creatively reborn, by virtue and design.
This is how I would describe Red Mile, and more generally, the group’s freefall, nearly a decade in the making.

So when close friend and collaborator Aidan Pontarini pitched the skydiving punk concept for the album cover, it resonated deeply.

Blue Kite was written with a cultural intersection in mind. In Canada in the early 00’s we grew up to Sum 41. Late night YTV. And the spectre of Woodstock 99. From the outside looking in: being in a punk band meant that you could be a jackass. Pick your nose on stage; play the drum like Energizer Bunny. My relationship to punk music as a teenager hinged on self-deprecation; an easy, destructive mode of confronting what I didn’t like about myself. And what I didn’t understand about the world around me.

There’s a film that came out of China in 1993 and was subsequently banned therein, called The Blue Kite. It’s told from the perspective of a boy growing up in 1950’s Beijing. His environment is one of social conformity and political correctness, and he relishes in escapism when flying his kite. Eventually the boy succumbs to the social climate, and the kite itself is swept away into the branches of a tree. I thought the imagery was striking and wanted to incorporate it into a video with Aidan’s skydiving punk, in a hypnagogic way.

We filmed the video in and around the Desert where the album was recorded, and the skydiving took place.

Crack Cloud
Red Mile
Track list

1. Crack Of Life
2. The Medium
3. Blue Kite
4. Lack Of Lack
5. Epitaph
6. I Am (I Was)
7. Ballad Of Billy
8. Lost On The Red Mile

Crack Cloud 2024 Tour Dates

Thu. Aug. 22 – Malaga, ESP @ Canela Party
Wed. Sep. 4 – Zürich, CH @ Bogen F
Thu. Sep. 5 – Brussels, BEL – Museum @ Botanique
Fri. Sep. 6 – Asten-Heusden, NL @ Misty Fields
Sat. Sep. 7 – Paris, FR @ Maroquinerie
Mon. Sep. 9 – Berlin, GER @ Lido
Tue. Sep. 10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Hotel Cecil
Wed. Sep. 11 – Malmö, SWE @ Plan B
Thu. Sep. 12 – Stockholm, SWE @ Hus 7
Fri. Sep. 13 – Oslo, NOR – By:Larm Festival @ Blå
Sat. Sep. 14 – Oslo, NOR – By:Larm Festival @ TBC
Mon. Sep. 16 – Cologne, GER @ Bumann & Sohn
Tue. Sep. 16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
Wed. Sep. 18 – Rouen, FR @ Le 106
Thu. Sep. 19 – La Rochelle, FR @ Sirene
Fri. Sep. 20 – Nantes, FR @ Lieu Unique
Wed. Sep. 25 – London, UK @ Koko
Thu. Sep. 26 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Fri. Sep. 27 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Sun. Sep. 29 – Dublin, IRE @ Whelans
Mon. Sep. 30 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
Tue. Oct. 1 – Bristol, UK @ Lost Horizon
Wed. Oct. 2 – Brighton, UK @ CHALK
Mon. Nov. 18 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Wed. Nov. 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Fri. Nov. 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room

Pre-order Red Mile by Crack Cloud HERE


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