AUSTRA SHARE FUTURE POLITICS B-SIDE

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AUSTRA WRAPS SUCCESSFUL YEAR WITH HOMETOWN SHOW IN TORONTO ON DEC 14

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“[Future Politics is] as catchy as it is affecting, driven by Stelmanis’ crystalline vocals and intricate synth work.” - NYLON

“It’s music to be escaped into, whether on dance floors or alone somewhere…” - Pitchfork

“...a bracing, coolly tuneful vision of tomorrow that refuses to submit to inertia. In an era when simply resisting dystopia can seem idealistic, Future Politics dares to hope big.” - NPR Music

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In January of this year, Austra released Future Politics, the critically lauded fourth album from the Canadian synth-pop group. Before the year is out, Austra have one more track to share, “Change The Paradigm”, a Future Politics B-side.

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Singer Katie Stelmanis on “Change The Paradigm”:

“I wish Change the Paradigm had made it onto the record because it directly embodies what I wanted to express on Future Politics - that the most powerful tool we possess for creating a better world is our own imagination.

Future Politics was written in a much different climate than what we have today. It's been difficult to stay positive, but for me the possibility of what lies ahead is not only a weapon of potential, but a source of comfort and faith. We have to believe in the future and our own power to invent it now more than ever!”

To wrap up the year, Austra are playing one final show in their hometown Toronto at the Velvet Underground this Thursday, December 14. Tickets are on sale and available for purchase here.

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MORE PRAISE FOR FUTURE POLITICS

“it's her most personal, political and confident album to date — not to mention a stunning show of optimism in the face of certain doom.” - CLRVYNT

“...Austra's music offers hope for a better tomorrow.” - Lenny Letter

“There’s always been this intimate urgency to Katie Stelmanis’ voice. When her operatic gift to hit multiple notes with a single word fuses with Austra’s icy darkwave production, warmth imposes itself on the sterile and her human prowess refuses to be buried in the mix.” - New York Observer

“Austra’s third full-length, Future Politics, lives up to its name, setting ruminations on religion and economic disparity to dark, propulsive beats.” - OUT

“...an exciting talent.” - People Magazine

“[Austra] has always communicated — stylistically and thematically — that it takes a thoughtful, but no less compelling, approach to dance music and pop.” - The FADER

"the record is built for both dancefloors and headphones, with galvanizing, minimalist beats and contemplative, piercing lyrics." - THUMP

Future Politics is available for purchase now on vinyl, CD, and digital download. Get it here: Dom Mart / iTunes

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AUSTRA ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR DATES

CANADIAN TOUR DATES BEGIN AUGUST 18

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM, FUTURE POLITICS, OUT NOW

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"Music to be escaped into" - Pitchfork

"Like cold, clean water, Austra’s ‘Future Politics’ washes clear the mental muck, leaving you feeling alive again. "- NME

"Sculpted beats and soaring melodies...more immersive than ever" - NPR

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Beginning August 18, Austra will return to Canada for a run of tour dates across Canada including festival dates at Pop Montreal, Ponderosa Music Festival, and stops throughout the prairies. Full tour dates can be found below.

Austra’s third LP, Future Politics, is the Montreal band’s most ambitious record to date and calls for radical hope: “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia,” says Katie Stelmanis, who leads Austra with the support of Maya Postepski (Princess Century, TR/ST), Dorian Wolf, and Ryan Wonsiak.

Future Politics is a collection of urgent, disciplined anthems for dancefloors and headphones alike, that asks each of us to remember that apocalypse is not an inevitability, but the product of human decision-making. It aims for a world without borders, where human compassion and curiosity drive technological innovation rather than profit, where the necessity of labour is replaced with time for creativity and personal growth, and the terror and destruction wrought by colonialism and white supremacy is recognized as a dark age in human history. The album is radicalism distilled: to galvanic beats, gorgeous, kinetic melodies, and the vulnerable majesty of Stelmanis’s voice. 

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Inspired by her time living in two cities – Montreal and Mexico City – and propelled by economic and philosophical texts she was reading throughout the album’s creation, Stelmanis was driven to face the world’s ailments with positivity, purpose, and engagement, rather than detachment or despair. Inspiration also came from European club culture - Objekt, Peter Van Hoesen, Lena Willikens as well as the likes of Massive Attack; in all, artists who understand the dancefloor as a source of radical ideas and radical joy.

Change, Rebecca Solnit (author, activist, environmentalist and editor at Harper’s Magazine) writes, comes from “writers, scholars, public intellectuals, social activists, and participants in social media”. Stelmanis adds “artists, club scenes, parties, teenagers, ghettoes” to that list -“every single person’s idea about the future is valid and relevant, especially the freaks and the queers and the outsiders.”

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AUSTRA TOUR DATES
Jun 23 - Evreux, FR - Rock In Evreux
Jun 25 - Meath, IR - Body & Soul Festival
Jul 6 - Bilbao, ES - Bilbao BBK Live
Jul 7 - Trencin, SK - Pohoda Festival
Jul 8 - Duesseldorf, DE - Open Source Festival
Jul 9 - Siena, IT - Lars Rock Fest
Jul 10 - Sesto al Reghena, IT - Piazza Castello
Jul 11 - Bologna, IT - Covo Club
Jul 14 - Salacgriva, LV - Positivus
Jul 19 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Jul 20 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Jul 21 - Seattle, WA - The Capitol Hill Block Party
Aug 18 - Rock Creek, BC - Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival (Tickets)
Aug 19 - Toronto, ON - Harbourfront Centre
Aug 20 - Elora, ON - RiverFest (Tickets)
Sep 14 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal (Tickets)
Sep 15 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
Sep 16 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
Sep 17 - Waterloo, ON - Starlight
Sep 18 - London, ON - London Music Hall
Sep 22 - Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
Sep 23 - Saskatoon, SK - The Capitol Music Club
Sep 26 - Edmonton, AB - The Needle Vinyl Tavern
Sep 27 - Calgary, AB - Commonwealth
Sep 29 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial
Sep 30 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub

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