On top of counting down the days before the launch of their New Damage Records debut Taiga, Edmonton punk unit Slates are bracing themselves for a batch of Canadian tour dates.
While the band have a few previously announced dates in Alberta coming up this month, with a hometown show coming a few days after the album's February 25 street date, the group's road trip kicks off in late March.
The trek starts off in Jasper, AB, and heads out as far west as Victoria, but then has the band bringing their Taiga tracks out to the Prairies before capping the tour in Calgary. You can check out the slingshot schedule down below.
As previously reported, Taiga is Slates' third LP, and it was recorded with iconic record engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) at his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. Thematically, the album is said to explore "the concepts of nature vs. man, the refusal to exist within expectations, heroes and being on the road."
You can check out the scrappy, scratchily sung title track in the new, mostly practice space-set video beneath the tour info, courtesy of AUX.
02/16 Hinton, AB - The Woodcutter
02/28 Edmonton, AB - Grovenor Community League
03/01 Edmonton, AB - Barber HA
03/28 Jasper, AB - TBA
03/29 Vancouver, BC - Funky Winkerbeans
03/30 Victoria, BC - The Grid
03/31 Abbotsford, BC - O'Neil's
04/01 Nelson, BC - Kootenay Co-op Radio
04/02 Lethbridge, AB - The Slice
04/03 Regina, SK - German Club
04/04 Winnipeg, MB - The Windsor
04/05 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's
04/19 Calgary, AB - The Palomino