Norwegian Progsters Leprous continue to support their latest, much acclaimed album release "Coal" with worldwide touring. After Europe and Japan, their new target is North America, where the band will not only perform at the legendary, sold-out ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta (More details here but also play a string of shows that will also take the band into Canada).
North American Coal Tour 2014:
12.09.2014 Atlanta (USA) - Progpower USA
16.09.2014 Detroit (USA) - The Token Lounge
17.09.2014 Chicago (USA) - Reggie's
18.09.2014 Toronto (Canada) - El Mocambo
19.09.2014 Ottawa (Canada) - Mavericks
20.09.2014 New York (USA) - Webster Hall
21.09.2014 Springfield (USA) - Empire
Leprous comment the North American tour as follows:
"We're over-excited to announce that we'll finally do some shows in the USA and Canada in September! It has always been a dream for us to do a US/Canada tour, and to start the tour in one of the coolest festivals in the country is an honor! Even though the tour is rather short we get to visit many great places. We promise to give everything we have to give, so we recommend you to attend a show near you!"
And here is a list of upcoming Leprous dates in Europe and the UK.
08.08.2014 Murcia (Spain) - Leyendas del Rock festival
07.09.2014 Veruno (Italy) - 2 days prog festival
02.10.2014 Köln (Germany) - Euroblast festival
Haken, Leprous & Maschine - UK & Ireland Tour:
23.10.2014 London (UK) - The Garage
24.10.2014 Leamington (UK) - Assembly
26.10.2014 Bristol (UK) - The Fleece
27.10.2014 Wolverhampton (UK) - Robin 2
29.10.2014 Dublin (Ireland) - The Village
30.10.2014 Liverpool (UK) - O2 Academy 2
31.10.2014 Manchester (UK) - Academy 3
01.11.2014 Edinburgh (UK) - The Liquid Rooms
02.11.2014 York (UK) - The Duchess
In related news, Leprous are currently working heavily on the follow-up album for "Coal".
Leprous' Einar Solberg checked in with the following update:
“It's been a very intense spring, where we've had the goal to write two song sketches every week. The purpose was that we did not want to spend lots of time perfecting ideas that were never that good in the first place, thus being able to choose between the ones with the most potential before starting making proper songs out of it. The way we work now allows us to maximize the potential instead of spending lots of time trying to save a poor sketch.
In May we had 30 sketches, and after a lot of talk back and forth we've selected approximately half of them for further development. I still don't know how many songs we will end up with on the final album, but now we will have the luxury of putting together the "perfect" combination.
I have been twisting and turning my creativity to the point of the extremely tiring, but you can't sit there and wait for the inspiration to magically fall into your lap. Some of the best sketches were written when I least expected to be creative, which is a good proof that you just have to keep on writing no matter what. I'm very happy about those months with hard work now”.
Leprous' latest release, "Coal", is available as standard CD, as limited edition Mediabook CD (with expanded booklet and two bonus tracks), as 2LP on 180 gr. vinyl or as digital download.
All European formats of "Coal" can be ordered from the IOM webshop here.
"Coal" entered the national sales charts in Norway on position # 65 upon release and was also voted "album of the month" by the magazines Aardschok (The Netherlands), Scream (Norway) and Rock Hard (France).
"Coal" was produced with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan of Mnemosyne and Jens Bogren & Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator) mixed/mastered the album. The album's cover artwork was once again provided by American artist Jeff Jordan, who already painted for the previous Leprous album "Bilateral" and bands like The Mars Volta.