Zeus announces full North American tour dates to support the release of its aptly titled new album, Classic Zeus, out September 2 on Arts & Crafts. Watch the new video for the “fun, funky, airy, and sunny” first single “Miss My Friends” which shows off the band’s pop sensibility and shines a little light on the making of the Zeus zeppelin. Classic Zeus is available for pre-order today via GalleryAC. People who pre-order the album can bundle their purchase with concert tickets and exclusive merchandise items. All purchasers will receive a free download of “Miss My Friends”. Tour dates commence September 10 and are listed below.
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “MISS MY FRIENDS”
Recorded at Zeus’ own Ill Eagle Studios in Toronto, the eleven tracks on Classic Zeus find the band expanding its sonic palette beyond fuzzed-out 70’s rock into heartfelt pop as the band maintains its razor-sharp wit and airtight harmonies, always landing on something shining and unforgettable. The band will embark on a country-crossing North American tour with stops in twelve cities throughout western and central Canada.
Classic Zeus was written after a lengthy tour that concluded at a crossroads, with the band feeling frayed and uncertain about their future. Bowed but not broken, Zeus pushed its craft, embraced a hunger for exploration, and produced a testament to its own resilience. Its most concise and collaborative album to date, Classic Zeus finds all four members — songwriting trio of guitarists Mike O’Brien and Neil Quin and bassist Carlin Nicholson, along with drummer Rob Drake — freely swapping instrumental and vocal duties.
In 2012, Zeus released Busting Visions, which earned the group raves for its “muscular, Big Star-sized guitar riffs” (NPR) and “’70s-groove-infused” (NY Times) sound. KCRW praised it as an “ode to Southern rock jams and T Rex glam,” while Esquire said it’s “as fun as 21st-century classic rock gets,” and SPIN proclaimed that “Zeus ain’t nothing to eff with.” The band’s debut album, Say Us, topped the CBC radio charts, garnering a Polaris Music Prize nomination, rave reviews and national cover features, leading to dates with Belle & Sebastian, Broken Social Scene, Metric, and others.
ZEUS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Sept 10 — Portland, OR — Dante’s %
Sept 11 — Seattle, WA — Chop Suey
Sept 12 — Spokane, WA — Bartlett
Sept 13 — Vancouver, BC — Electric Owl
Sept 14 — Victoria, BC — Rifflandia Festival
Sept 17 — Calgary, AB — Republik
Sept 18 — Edmonton, AB — Pawn Shop
Sept 19 — Saskatoon, SK — Amigo’s
Sept 20 — Winnipeg, MB — Park Theatre
Sept 23 — Minneapolis, MN — 7th Street Entry
Sept 24 — Chicago, IL — Schubas
Sept 25 — Pontiac, MI — The Pike Room
Sept 27 — Toronto, ON — Lee’s Palace
Oct 2 — Montreal, QC — Cabaret Mile End
Oct 3 — Ottawa, ON — Beau’s October Fest
Oct 4 — Kingston, ON — Grad Club
Oct 9 — Hamilton, ON — Casbah
Oct 10 — St. Catharines, ON — Detour
Oct 15 — Burlington, VT — Higher Ground
Oct 16 — Portland, ME — SPACE
Oct 18 — New York City, NY — Mercury Lounge
Oct 19 — Philadelphia, PA — Ortliebs
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