Frog Eyes is set to tour North America in support of the physical release of the acclaimed Carey's Cold Spring. Only a few months ago it appeared that Carey Mercer would not be touring any longer when he was diagnosed with throat cancer. Recently, Mercer was given a clean bill of health and was cleared to begin touring. A full list of dates can be found below.
Paper Bag Records will release Carey's Cold Spring on vinyl and compact disc worldwide on June 17th. The label will also be releasing Carey Mercer's book called Clouds of Evil, a collection of essays compiled for his son Ivan. Essay titles include:"A Story about the Time I Broke Up Wolf Parade, a Popular Independent Rock Band, by Starring in Their music Video and accepting One Thousand of Their Dollars"and"A Few recollections of the Time my Band FrogEyes Went to Moscow."
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Pre-order the vinyl or CD from Paper Bag Records here.
Just two days after Carey Mercer completed the final mixes for the record, he received a call from his doctor telling him that he had throat cancer. He had been working on the album since 2010 and chose to self-release the record through Bandcamp.
News like this has a way of understandably overshadowing the music itself, and, thankfully, Mercer's cancer seems to be departed, leaving us the opportunity to appreciate the record without such a dire context. The joy here is tripled: he's not going to die, and, as a bonus, the record is awesome. And these victories are made even sweeter with the addition of tour dates.
Mercer explains that Carey's Cold Spring is not only built from personal experiences but also from what he saw over the last three years of recording: riots, storms, mass protests, the dissolution of any collective faith in our political and economic institutions. But it's not all doom and gloom: He describes the record's duality: "deeply fearful, almost paranoid, the sound of a person grinding his or her teeth in the night. But just a part of it. It's also the sound of the birds in the morning, I hope."
August 14 Victoria, BC. Centennial Square
August 18 Detroit, MI. The Pike Room*
August 19 Toronto, ON. The Drake*
August 20 Ottawa, ON. Mavericks*
August 21 Montreal, QC. II Motore*
August 22 Boston, MA. Cafe 939*
August 23 New York, NY. Rough Trade*
August 25 Washington, DC. DC9*
August 26 Columbus, OH. Rumba Cafe*
August 27 Chicago, IL. Schubas*
* = w/ PS I Love You