“Like Marty Robbins meets The Cramps, or a Goblin sountrack
to a spaghetti western, ranchero fantasy meets greased up
country in a magical reality.” – American Standard Time
“The Portland nine-piece’s new album,
BLISTER STEEL, is a runaway success.” – Portland Mercury
Portland, OR’s Roselit Bone is excited to share new U.S. tour dates for June and July behind their new album BLISTER STEEL. These dates start on June 23 at Governor’s Cup in Salem, OR and will take them through Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas,, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Chicago and more before concluding on July 22 at Mississippi Studios in their hometown of Portland. The full list of tour dates can be found below.
BLISTER STEEL was released on June 2nd, 2017 via Friendship Fever, a new Sacramento-based label distributed by House Arrest/Fat Possum.
If their 2014 self-released debut BLACKEN & CURL
set the tone, BLISTER STEEL
refines and expands it. Josh’s lyrics are crueler and darker, the arrangements bigger and more ambitious, the vision and scope blown up into a panoramic, foreboding landscape that looks disturbingly familiar. The grandeur of Mexican ranchera and the innocence of Hollywood’s singing cowboys belie a savage, dystopian take on hot-rod rockabilly, surf music, Tex-Mex, and post-punk. The ten-piece band moves deftly from seething minimalism, to lush countrypolitan walls of sound, to unhinged noise.
On the title track, nimble minor-key fingerpicking weaves through what sounds like a choir of Benedectine monks until horns break like a red sun over the song. Josh’s vocals throughout showcase his range: operatic keening, moaning, whispering, screaming – warning of a vaguely terrifying figure:
“What I saw down there, I do not know/but I know that it was real/the king came drifting through the snow/with eyes as blue as blister steel.”
The vision of Roselit Bone is not an easy one to stomach. It’s a world of abuse, violence, environmental and personal degradation. It’s a world that closely resembles our own, and if some of Joshua’s lyrics about nightmarish authority figures precede the current political catastrophe, it makes them all the more remarkable. If Blister Steel is the canary in our coal mine, it sings a dark and beautiful song.
Roselit Bone is: Josh McCaslin, Victor Franco, Barry A. Walker Jr., Valerie Osterberg, Andy Manla, Daniel Gruszka, Matt Miller, Ben Dahmes, Faith Grossnicklaus.
– Governor’s Cup – Salem, OR (LINK
– Lofi – Seattle, WA (LINK
– Ritval Tattoo, Eugene, OR (LINK
– Siren’s Song Tavern – Eureka, CA (LINK
– Café du Nord – San Francisco, CA (LINK
– The Crepe Place – Santa Cruz, CA (LINK
– HM157 – Los Angeles, CA (LINK
– The Golden Tiki – Las Vegas, NV (LINK
– Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ (LINK
– Owls Club – Tucson, AZ (LINK
– The Farm – Las Cruces, NM (LINK
– Cactus Cafe – Austin, TX (LINK
– Super Happy Fun Land – Houston, TX (LINK
– Circle Bar – New Orleans, LA (matinee) (LINK
– One Eyed Jack’s – New Orleans, LA (evening) (LINK
– The Earl – Atlanta, GA (LINK
– Hill Country DC – Washington, DC (LINK
Jul 12 – Ortlieb’s – Philadelphia, PA
– Hill Country – New York, NY (LINK
Jul 14 – Steel City Coffeehouse – Phoenixville, PA
– Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA (LINK
– Subterranean – Chicago, IL (LINK
Jul 19 – Reverb – Omaha, NE
Jul 20 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO (LINK)
– The Olympic – Boise, ID (LINK
– Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR (LINK