July Talk announces North American tour

July Talk announce North American tour dates
Photo by Shalan and Paul

Today, Toronto’s indie-rockers, July Talk announce their headlining tour in Canada and supporting tour dates with Nothing But Thieves and Kongos in the U.S.

In addition to already announced key festival plays this summer which still includes, Festival D’éte, Rock The Shores, Area 506, Osheaga, XFest Sonic Boom and Austin City Limits, July Talk’s upcoming tour dates are set to hit Canadian markets in late October, including a two night run at The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, and take the band across the country into December. All new Canadian dates are included below and will be available for general on-sale as of tomorrow.

The band’s second album, TOUCH will be released on September 9, 2016 on Sleepless Records (Canada), Island (U.S) and Universal (UK/Europe) and Vertigo/Capitol (Germany). The new album will be available for pre-order from iTunes this Friday, July 15th. The pre-order includes two instant tracks – the dynamically soothing, somber and swaying album cut “Strange Habit” and the band’s previously released hit single, “Push + Pull”. Both tracks will also be available for streaming.

“Thematically, TOUCH has been inspired by our human experience over the past few years, just as much as our time spent as a band on the road,” notes songwriter and vocalist, Leah Fay. “Touring constantly provides a strange view of the world because you’re in transit more often than you’re still. We became sensitive to the varying reactions we’d get from any given audience depending on the cultural norms and politics of a place. Because humans love to categorize in an effort to understand, Peter and I were often perceived as these opposing forces, representing “light vs. darkness”, “female vs. male”, “sweet vs. scary” blah blah blah, with each of us just dying to get a word in edgewise. These types of assumptions had a massive influence on the way we wrote the lyrics for this album because we knew we didn’t want to feed into that sort of boring archetype. We became drawn to the idea of what it actually means to be a living breathing human. It’s messy and visceral and unpredictable.”

TOUCH’s debut single, Push + Pull has spent a month atop the Alt Radio Chart in Canada. The video for “Push + Pull”, in-keeping with the band’s black and white visual motif was shot by Nadia Tan and has received widespread praise and views. The band recently performed “Push + Pull” live at the iheartradio/MMVA broadcast in Toronto, with the group aligning solidarity, pre-Pride and post-Orlando, with the LGBT community in an electrifying performance that featured Leah in rainbow eye make up, weeping glitter tears, that Nylon claimed their as their favourite: “…came in the form of the very special LGBT pride tribute made by July Talk’s Leah Fay and her dancers.”

1. Picturing Love
2. Beck + Call
3. Now I Know
4. Johnny + Mary
5. Strange Habit
6. Push + Pull
7. Lola + Joseph
8. So Sorry
9. Jesus Said So
10. Touch

July 16 Festival D’Ete de Quebec – Quebec City, Canada
July 24 Rock The Shores – Colwood, Vancouver Island, Canada
July 29 Osheaga – Parc Jean-Drapeau – Montreal, Canada
July 31 Area 506 Festival – Saint John, Canada
August 18 Brooklyn, NYC – Rough Trade
August 28 Palmer, AK – Alaska State Fair $$
September 03 XFest – Calgary, Canada
September 04 Sonic Boom Festival – Edmonton, Canada
September 7 Paradiso (upstairs room) – Amsterdam, Netherlands
September 8 Vera – Groningen, Netherlands
September 9 Applepop – Tiel, Netherlands
September 10 Atak (Saxion Hall) – Enschede, Netherlands
September 11 Rotown – Rotterdamn, Netherlands
September 13 King Tuts – Glasgow, United Kingdom
September 14 Sound Control Bar – Manchester, United Kingdom
September 15 Barfly – London, United Kingdom
September 17 Gleis 22 – Munster, Germany
September 19 Lido – Berlin, Germany
September 20 Strom – Munich, Germany
September 21 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Germany
September 22 Underground – Cologne, Germany
September 23 Reeperbahn Festival – Hamburg, Germany
September 26 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda – &&
September 27 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar &&
September 29 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre &&
October 2 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
October 3 Dallas, TX – Cambridge Room
October 7 Houston, TX – Bronze Peacock
October 9 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits –
October 10 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar – &&
October 11 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line &&
October 12 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave &&
October 13 Grand Rapids, MI – Founders Brewing Co.
October 15 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe &&
October 17 Columbus, OH – A&R Bar &&
October 25 Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s
October 26 London, ON – London Music Hall
October 28 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
October 29 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
October 30 Montreal, QC – Café Campus
October 31 Ottawa, ON – Algonquin Theatre
November 25 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
December 6 Saskatoon, SK – Louis’
December 7 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
$$ w/ Kongos
&& w/ Nothing But Thieves