Today is the day! Our brand new album, MASS, is out everywhere, at last! We're incredibly proud of this work and hope it fills your hearts with loud, fuzzy melodies. We recorded the project in Salem, Massachusetts with Kurt Ballou, who also acted as co-producer. Best time ever.
MASS is an autobiographical concept record about memory, language, and the state of Massachusetts. I (Buick Audra) was moved to the Boston area several times as a younger person, and my experiences there still contribute to how I move through the world today. My memories of that time and place were buried for years, but following the death of my friend Marc Orleans, I began to recover them and wrote this body of work. Jerry Roe and I brought the songs to life together. The album examines friendship, belonging, and finally putting words to what was once confusing. We hope the themes and songs resonate!
I also wrote an accompanying memoir, MASS: Essays on Memory, Language, & the State of Massachusetts. The book expands on the stories told within the music. We recommend consuming them together for maximum impact!
Our tour dates supporting MASS start tomorrow, September 30th—a day earlier than the last time we wrote! We're kicking things off in Knoxville and then we're out for six whole weeks! The Nashville album release show is at the very end of everything, on December 8th, at beloved DRKMTTR. Check our dates to see if we're coming to your town! We haven't been to the West Coast since before the pandemic, so we hope to see as many new and familiar faces as possible!
09.30 - Knoxville, TN @ Brickyard
10.01 - Gainesville, GA @ Blackstrap Rock Hall
10.05 - Asheville, NC @ The Odd
10.06 - Raleigh, NC @ Ruby Deluxe
10.07 - Richmond, VA @ Get Tight Lounge
10.08 - Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof
10.11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Century
10.12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Squirrel Hill Sports Bar
10.13 - Baltimore, MD @ The Undercroft
10.14 - West Akron, OH @ Buzzbin
10.15 - Kalamazoo, MI @ The Run Off
10.20 - Catskill, NY @ The Avalon Lounge
10.21 - Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s
10.23 - Detroit, MI @ The Old Miami
10.25 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11.01 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The DLC
11.02 - Reno, NV @ Alturas Bar
11.03 - Portland, OR @ Azoth Space
11.05 - Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
11.08 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
11.09 - Petaluma, CA @ The Big Easy
11.10 - Long Beach, CA @ Supply & Demand
11.11 - Palmdale, CA @ Transplants Brewing Co.
11.12 - San Diego, CA @ Til-Two Club
11.14 - Santa Fe, NM @ Tumbleroot
11.15 - Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
11.17 - Houston, TX @ Kickback Bar
11.25 - Youngstown, OH @ Westside Bowl
12.08 - Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR
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Jerry made a new lyric video for the sixth track on the album, WE WERE HERE! It's a beautiful collage of ALL of our videos so far, a fitting approach for the song.
Thank you so much for being here, for being part of what we do, and for listening. We offer you MASS, the best thing we've ever done, and we hope you love it!
If you don't yet have the language for what you want to say, you will,
Buick & Jerry, FC