The Constellations are set to release their EMI's Virgin Records debut studio album ‘Southern Gothic’ on June 8th. To support the release, the band will hit the road for tour that will keep them crossing the country from February to April. There are also plans to head to the UK for a five night residency in London in March.
Coming out of the Atlanta music scene, the band’s first studio album was produced by Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley), and features guest appearances by Cee-Lo and Asher Roth. Fans can get a free sneak peek of what to expect through a free mp3 download of the album's opening track "Setback" that the band is giving away at their website.
‘Southern Gothic’ is described as the story of what happens in The Constellations' Atlanta stomping grounds afterhours - a spectacle rife with seedy scenes and eccentric personalities, and propelled by a manic energy that hustles the audience deeper into the unexpected.
The band’s frontman and singer Elijah Jones serves as the album’s tour guide and leader of the twisted circus that is The Constellations - who spent two years writing and recording the album with producer Ben H. Allen.
In a press release, Jones stated: "Atlanta is strange because we're all basically pushed together."
The album reflects the way Atlanta’s music scene blends hip-hop, punk rock, and indie musical genres. The band's name refers to the myriad musicians from the regional scene who either contributed to making the album or have since played in The Constellations live band.
Guest on the album includes Cee-Lo (who added a verse to "Love Is A Murder"), and rapper Asher Roth (who provides rhymes to "We're Here To Save The Day"). The album also features a bit of the funk sound on "Felicia" and the track "Step Right Up (A Tribute To Tom Waits)."
THE CONSTELLATIONS - 2010 TOUR DATES include:
Feb. 2 The Note West Chester, PA
Feb. 3 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY
Feb. 4 Great Scott Allston, MA
Feb. 5 Snow Barn West Dover, VT
Feb. 10 529 Atlanta, GA
Mar. 1 Barfly London, UK
Mar. 2 The Flowerpot London, UK
Mar. 3 Hoxton Square London, UK
Mar. 4 Underbelly London, UK
Mar. 5 Club NME @ Koko London, UK
Mar. 11 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN w/ Hockey
Mar. 12 Schuba's Tavern Chicago, IL w/ Hockey
Mar. 13 Outland on Liberty Columbus, OH w/ Hockey
Mar 15 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY w/ Hockey
Mar. 16 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA w/ Hockey
Mar. 17 Rock n Roll Hotel Washington, DC w/ Hockey
Mar. 18-21 SXSW Austin, TX
Mar. 22 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC w/ Hockey
Mar. 23 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN w/ Hockey
Mar. 24 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA w/ Hockey
Mar. 25 Café 11 St. Augustine, FL w/ Hockey
Mar. 26 Club Downunder Tallahassee, FL w/ Hockey
Mar. 27 Bottle Tree Birmingham, AL w/ Hockey
Mar. 29 Thirsty Hippo Hattiesburg, MS w/ Hockey
Mar. 30 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA w/ Hockey
Apr. 1 Warehouse Live Houston, TX w/ Hockey
Apr. 2 Emo's Austin, TX w/ Hockey
Apr. 3 The Loft Dallas, TX w/ Hockey
Apr. 6 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO w/ Hockey
Apr. 7 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT w/ Hockey
Apr. 8 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR w/ Hockey