Freak Heat Waves Return with 'Beyond XXXL'

You can hear the new album track "Self Vortex" now

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Jan 31, 2018

Ending a few brief years of silence, rock experimenters Freak Heat Waves are returning with a new album. Titled Beyond XXXL, the Montreal-via-Victoria group's third full-length arrives April 6 via Telephone Explosion.

The band last hit us up with 2015's Bonnie's State of Mind, with its follow-up now promising to beam the band into uncharted territory — and apparently one that amplifies their melodic sensibilities.

"In the past we were happy to use identifiable instruments, but this time we were set on creating our own sounds," singer and multi-instrumentalist Steven Lind said in a statement. "We processed everything, blended drum machines with real drums, and re-amped our synths and guitars to get into a mutant futuristic zone. New territory was the goal."

For a taste of that, Freak Heat Waves have shared the new song "Self Vortex," which you can stream at the bottom of the page.

As previously reported, the band will also be heading out on tour with Preoccupations, hitting up several Canadian cities along the way. You can see Freak Heat Waves' full schedule down below.

Tour dates:

04/13 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
04/17 Burlington, VT - Monkey Bar
04/18 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
04/19 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade *
04/20 Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere (Zone One) ^
04/21/04 Brooklyn, NY - Park Co-op Church
04/23 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts *
04/24 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
04/25 Pittsburgh, PA - Funhouse
04/26 Columbus, OH - The A&R Music Bar *
04/27 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
04/29 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
05/01 Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret *
04/30 Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
05/01 Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid *
05/02 Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern
05/03 Edmonton, AB - Starlite *
05/04 Calgary, AB - Palomino *
05/05 Calgary, AB - Palomino *
05/06 Victoria, BC - Upstairs
05/09 Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt *
05/10 Portland, OR - High Water Mark
05/11 Boise, ID - The Olympic
05/12 Salt Lake City, UT - Diabolical Records
05/14 Kansas City, MI - Minibar
05/15 Indianapolis, IN - Pionner
05/16 Detroit, MI - Marble Bar

* with Preoccupations

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