Fans of Montreal's Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra might still be processing the band's latest album, Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything, but according to lead vocalist/guitarist Efrim Menuck, more new music is on the way.
"We just finished recording a Record Store Day 12-inch, and that'll be out through Constellation," Menuck tells Exclaim! "We recorded it over the holidays. And then, probably in the springtime, there's a long EP that we just finished recording. We've actually been writing a lot of stuff."
Between SMZ and his other band, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Menuck has indeed been keeping busy, touring the world over and seemingly only interrupting his travels to release new recordings. He says he doesn't anticipate a real break because "too much work is a good problem to have," but also refutes the idea that his artistic life might be born of restlessness.
"I get the thing when I first get home from tour where I feel like I can't function in the human world," he says with a chuckle. "Then that gradually falls away and I really enjoy being at home. And then, inevitably, when I reach that level of comfort, I have to leave again. But I don't get restless, no."
He adds, "I feel like the band is in a good place. I feel good about things."
That "good place" will become many when the band hit the road on their extensive North American tour this spring.
Find the dates below and hear more from this interview on the Kreative Kontrol with Vish Khanna podcast. Also, read Exclaim!'s review of the band's recent Montreal show here.
04/06 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
04/07 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04/08 Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
04/09 Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
04/10 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
04/11 Washington, DC - Black Cat
04/12 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
04/13 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
04/15 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
04/16 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern
04/17 Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
04/18 Nashville, TN - Exit In
04/19 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
04/20 New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
04/22 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
04/24 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
04/25 San Diego, CA - Casbah
04/27 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
04/28 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04/30 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
05/01 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
05/02 Vancouver, BC - The Rio Theatre
05/04 Calgary, AB - The Republik
05/05 Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern
05/06 Winnipeg, MB - Union Sound Hall
05/07 Saint Paul, MN - Turf Club
05/08 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05/09 Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom (Pike Room)
05/10 Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre