Blessed Share “Headache” via Stereogum – Announce “II” EP + North American Tour Dates

April 2, 2017

Jaimi Wainwright

Blessed Share “Headache” with Stereogum

II out April 28th via Kingfisher Bluez (CA) and Cointoss Records (US)

Announce North American Tour Dates for May through July

Blessed could just be Western Canada’s hardest working band. The Abbotsford (a suburb of Vancouver) based quartet are getting ready to release their phenomenal new EP II on April 28th via Kingfisher Bluez (Canada) and Cointoss Records (US) and they are sharing first single “Headache” today with Stereogum. Blessed’s artful post-punk and twitchy indie rock sound has earned the band comparisons to everyone from Radiohead and Television to This Heat and Ought. The band’s songwriting is brilliantly locked in and carefully constructed. “Headache” is vibrant, angular, and incredibly focused, blending together influences from krautrock and post-punk to progressive rock and agitated art-pop.

Stereogum called the single, “a fidgety post-punk jamboree with chord strums that cut like sharp-edged corners and mimic the sound of angrily joggling a locked or jammed door. “Headache” also contains clear, jarring guitar lines, arpeggiated sequences convey euphoric urgency, and sporadic articulations of short phrases like “poor circulation” and “mass incorporation,” which could very well be the cause of the Vancouver quartet’s cranium irritation.”

Speaking about “Headache,” Drew Riekman (guitar/vocals) shared:

“I remember we were driving somewhere in Ontario when I was writing the lyrics on my phone. We had been driving for an immense amount of time, it may have been coming out of Northern Ontario which in my opinion is the worst drive in Canada, despite it’s beauty. If you’re not in the mood to be doing it, it can be grating. I was dealing with a general anxiety, a small headache, not enough water, passing by a bunch of identical houses and new developments entering southern Ontario. It was just sentence fragments that encapsulated a million tiny outside forces creating a single anxious feeling.”

Blessed’s self-titled debut earned praise from Stereogum, Noisey, Exclaim, and more, and the band played a whopping 91 shows throughout Canada and the US (which would have been 111 if not for visa troubles that derailed an East Coast tour). The band are showing no signs of slowing down either with a string of North American tour dates this Spring/Summer that stretches from May 5th to July 15th. Blessed are the type of band to play the road may lead them and the band are amazing audiences one show at a time


Tour Dates:

May 5th – Mission, British Columbia @ Captains Cabin W/ Loans, Western Jaguar, Jenny Banai
May 6th – Vancouver, British Columbia @ 333 W/ Mi’ens, jo passed, Dead Soft
May 10th – Seattle, Washington
May 11th – Portland, Oregon @ High Water Mark Lounge W/ U SCO, Hang The Old Year
May 12th – Oakland, California – The Night Light
May 16th – Fullerton, California @ Republic
May 17th – San Diego, California @ Che Café Collective
May 18th – Long Beach, California @ The Prospector
May 19th – Los Angeles, California @ The Smell
May 20th – Tuscon, Arizona @ The Flycatcher
May 21st – Phoenix, Arizona @ The Lunchbox
May 23rd – Albuquerque, New Mexico @ The Fly Honey Warehouse
May 24th – El Paso, Texas @ Boomtown
May 25th – San Antonio, Texas
May 26th – Austin, Texas @ Beerland
May 27th – Denton, Texas @ Lions Den
May 28th – Houston, Texas
May 30th – New Orleans, Louisiana @ Poor Boys
May 31st – Little Rock, Arkansas
June 1st – Fayetteville, Arkansas @ Backspace
June 3rd – Nashville, Tennessee
June 4th – Birmingham, Alabama @ The Nick Rocks
June 6th – Atlanta, Georgia @ 529
June 7th – Durham, North Carolina @ The Cave
June 8th – Raleigh, North Carolina @ Slim’s Distillery
June 9th – Richmond, Virginia @ 25 Watt
June 10th – Washington, DC
June 11th – Baltimore, Maryland
June 13th -Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Kung Fu Necktie
June 14th – Newark, New Jersey
June 15th – New York, New York
June 16th – Boston, Mass. @ O’Briens
June 17th – Montreal, Quebec @ Turbo Haüs
June 20th – Ottawa, Ontario @ Pressed w/ Dead Soft
June 21st – Windsor, Ontario @ Phog Lounge w/ Baby Labour
June 22nd – Guelph, Ontario w/ Baby Labour
June 23rd – Toronto, Ontario @ Smiling Buddha Cabaret w/ Baby Labour
June 24th – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
June 25th – Akron, Ohio
June 26th – Cleveland, Ohio @ Now That’s Class
June 27th – Detroit, Michigan
June 28th – Kalamazoo, Michigan @ Headquarters
June 29th – Bloomington, Indiana
June 30th – Champaign, Illinois
July 1st – Chicago, Illinois
July 2nd – Milwaukee, Wisconsin @ HIGH DIVE MKE
July 4th – Madison, Wisconsin @ The Wisco
July 5th – Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 7th – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ The Handsome Daughter
July 8th – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ Vangelis Tavern
July 9th – Edmonton, Alberta @ The Buckingham w/ Gary Debussy
July 12th – Lethbridge, Alberta
July 13th – Calgary, Alberta @ The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club
July 15th – Victoria, British Columbia @ Logan’s Pub

April 28, 2017
Kingfisher Bluez (CA) + Cointoss Records (US)
Pre-Order: Canada | US

1. Phase
2. Headache
3. Body
4. Endure


Blessed is a band based on uncompromising work ethic, a commitment to democratic involvement between members, striving never to repeat itself. Comprised of members from the Fraser Valley, the off-to-the-side Vancouver suburb the group resides in, Drew Riekman, Jake Holmes, Reuben Houweling, and Mitchell Trainor came together to create something they had been looking for in their previous projects. Between the four, their projects have toured internationally (US, EU), recorded with Corin Roddick (Purity Ring), and played many esteemed festivals (Sled Island, Rifflandia, NXNE, SXSW). Blessed has, in its short existence, been fortunate enough to play alongside Garrett Klahn (Texas Is The Reason), The Courtneys, Preoccupations, Chastity, and Fucked Up. After a winter in Montreal, guitarist/vocalist Drew Riekman approached the three other members about a project designed to fulfill a desire wherein they could create music with no boundaries in it’s creative process, and tour as relentlessly as they pleased. After touring North America once and Canada three times on the strength of their first four song EP, Blessed is releasing a new four song 12” EP on April 28th through Kingfisher Bluez (Allison Crutchfield, Xui Xui) and Coin Toss Records (Drug Control, Edgewise) and cassette via Double Lunch from Edmonton.

Recorded over 7 days at Vancouver’s Rain City, the new EP finds the group exploring territory akin to Television, Wire, Deerhoof, and Liars. Experimenting with the addition of programmed drums, synthesizers, and no limits on how short or long a song could be. Mixed by Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung) and mastered by Paul Gold (Akron/Family, The War On Drugs), Blessed has crafted a four song EP that clocks in at 26 minutes spanning an even vaster sonic landscape than their previous EP. Frantic yet calculated, wiry yet groove oriented, the group are expanding the definition of what band can create and still maintain its core sound.

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