Dredg Announces "The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion" For June

posted March 17, 2009

Dredg Announces "The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion" For June

Dredg are set to release their highly anticipated release, "The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion," on their own Ohlone Recordings through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group on June 9, 2009. The album will be available online and in stores with a limited edition disc featuring alternate artwork and a vinyl recording also to be offered. In support of The Pariah, Dredg will headline a special North American club tour with Torche, kicking off March 15th in Iowa City before taking the country by storm this summer.

Produced by Matt Radosevich, "The Pariah" marks the Bay Area band's fourth full-length studio album. On this release, Gavin Hayes (vocals, guitar), Drew Roulette (bass, moog, speak & spell, samples), Mark Engles (guitar) and Dino Campanella (drums, keys) combine to create equal parts punk aggression and metallic complexity - a sound that brings together the artistic instrumentation, haunting vocals and emotional intensity that is Dredg.

Though driven by rhythms and guitars, The Pariah is far from a typical rock album with the band finding their inspiration, in part, from Salman Rushdie's essay "Imagine There's No Heaven: A Letter to the 6 Billionth Citizen." Fittingly, "The Pariah" is packaged and constructed like a letter, its songs and instrumental interludes connected by eerie, evocative Wurlitzer piano-and-voice segments. Diverse and textured, these intentional imperfections allow some of Dredg's mellowest recorded moments to mingle with some of their harshest.

After forming in 1993 and self-releasing two EPs, Dredg's independent 1998 debut "Leitmotif" threaded melody into their heavy sound. "Leitmotif" was re-released in 2001 on Interscope, followed by 2002's "El Cielo," which was more ambitious in its concept and instrumentation. Inspired by a Salvador Dali painting depicting sleep paralysis, the album was dark and atmospheric. Dredg responded to the density of "El Cielo" by focusing on songwriting over concept for 2005's "Catch Without Arms."

Dredg's members have artistic wings that span beyond the band. Engles and Campanella scored the 2005 independent film Waterborne, while Campanella scored the '06 comedy Carbabes on his own. Hayes also collaborated with founding Queensryche guitarist Chris DeGarmo to create music for the '06 film Expiration Date and has toured numerous times as a vocalist for Dan the Automator. In addition, Hayes and Roulette are accomplished painters whose work has graced Dredg's records and merchandise. Roulette has also designed album art for many other bands, and he and Hayes have contributed lyrics to the experimental rockers The Sounds of Animals Fighting.

UPCOMING SHOWS:

  • March 15, 2009 - The Picador - Iowa City, IA
  • March 16, 2009 - Riot Room - Kansas City, KS
  • March 17, 2009 - The Marquee - Tulsa, OK
  • March 18, 2009 - Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
  • March 20, 2009 - Buffalo Billiards (SxSW - ILG Showcase) - Austin TX
  • March 21, 2009 - Emo's (SxSW) - Austin, TX
  • April 3, 2009 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
  • April 4, 2009 - Nightlight - Bellingham, WA
  • April 5, 2009 - Neumo's - Seattle, WA
  • April 7, 2009 - Avalon Theater - Salt Lake City, UT
  • April 8, 2009 - The Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
  • April 10, 2009 - Varsity Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
  • April 11, 2009 - Vaudville Mews - Des Moines, IA
  • April 12, 2009 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
  • April 13, 2009 - Eagle Theater - Pontiac, MI
  • April 15, 2009 - Middle East Downstairs - Boston, MA
  • April 16, 2009 - Theater of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
  • April 17, 2009 - Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
  • April 18, 2009 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
  • April 19, 2009 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
  • April 21, 2009 - The Brewery - Raleigh, NC
  • April 22, 2009 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
  • April 24, 2009 - Social - Orlando, FL
  • April 25, 2009 - Culture Club - Ft Lauderdale, FL
  • April 26, 2009 - State Theater - Tampa, FL
  • April 30, 2009 - Meridian - Houston, TX
  • May 1, 2009 - Grenada - Dallas, TX
  • May 2, 2009 - Emo's - Austin, TX
  • May 4, 2009 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
  • May 5, 2009 - Martini Ranch - Phoenix, AZ
  • May 6, 2009 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
  • May 8, 2009 - Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
  • May 9, 2009 - Velvet Jones - Santa Barbara, CA
  • May 10, 2009 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
  • May 12, 2009 - Starlite - Fresno, CA
  • May 13, 2009 - Downtown Brew - San Luis Obispo, CA
  • May 15, 2009 - The Underground - Reno, NV
  • May 16, 2009 - Senator Theatre - Chico, CA
  • May 19, 2009 - Great American - San Francisco, CA
  • May 20, 2009 - Bimbo's 365 - San Francisco, CA
  • May 21, 2009 - Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
  • May 22, 2009 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA
  • May 23, 2009 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA

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