15 DATE US BICYCLE TOUR BEGINS MARCH 23 WITH 100% OF PROCEEDS DONATED TO THE CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION AND MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA
CANADIAN WINTER TOUR DATES BEGIN FEBRUARY 20
NEW EP, HOLD, SET FOR RELEASE ON MARCH 16
"Stomping dance-punk ... packed into a fever-pitched three minutes" – Noisey
“Part Daft Punk-inflected Dan Deacon, part DIY-driven Flaming Lips as filtered through Girl Talk” – Austin Chronicle
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Rich Aucoin announces his fifteen-date PRESS ON tour in support of the upcoming Hold EP, set for release on March 16. Unlike a traditional tour, Aucoin will be bicycling from city to city, raising awareness for mental health by donating 100% of tour proceeds to Mental Health America and The Canadian Mental Health Association.
Aucoin will be joined by bandmates in each city as he pedals alone across the deserts, mountains, and forests of America. At each show, fans can expect a joyous celebratory event – his positive life-affirming shows have often been described as a natural antidepressant. The tour kicks off on March 23 in Los Angeles and will conclude on June 30 in New York. Fans who are unable to attend are encouraged to donate to Aucoin’s GoFundMe campaign. Before heading south, Aucoin will make stops throughout Canada in February and March. See below for a full date listing.
Alongside the tour announce, Aucoin shares new single “The Fear”. He comments, “this song's single lyric is a mantra for the importance of overcoming our fears fostering the evolution and improvement of our lives. Fear is important but, left unchecked, can dominate our behaviour and hold us back from experiences just outside our reach. If our fears are of failure or rejection, the fears are moot as those are some of the most important tools we have to learn from. What would we be without our mistakes?"
“The Fear” follows the release of previous singles “Release” and “The Middle”, all of which will be featured on the upcoming Hold EP. The dreamy four-track collection is a stark contrast to the short high-tempo songs from his previous release, hinting toward a rebirth for Aucoin. Recorded in twelve studios across Canada from Vancouver’s REC Room to Halifax’s Sonic Temple, the EP features Broken Social Scene’s Justin Peroff as well as unique instrumentals and vocal sampling techniques.
PRESS ON TOUR DATES
Feb 20 - Montreal, QC - The Ritz
Feb 21 - Ottawa, ON - House Of Targ
Feb 22 - Guelph, ON - The eBar
Feb 23 - Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware
Feb 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere
Mar 1 - Toronto, ON - The Drake
Mar 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Bardot
Apr 6 - Phoenix, AZ - TBA
Apr 11 - Flagstaff, NM - The Hive
Apr 19 - Albuquerque, NM - Burt’s Tiki Lounge
Apr 26 - Amarillo, TX - The 806
May 3 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Root
May 4 - Norman, OK - Opolis
May 11 - Little Rock, AR - The Rev Room
May 16 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
May 23 - Nashville, TN - ACME
May 31 - Knoxville, TN - Birdhouse
Jun 20 - Washington, DC - DC9
Jun 23 - Baltimore, MD - The Crown
Jun 26 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA