Charlotte, NC’s HRVRD will release From The Bird’s Cage, their sophomore full-length album, on February 19.
The five-piece band has also revealed that their first tour of 2013 will be a North American run as direct support to Los Angeles, CA’s letlive. The first leg of the tour has been announced and will also feature support from This Is Hell, Conditions and Rescuer. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, December 14. Additional dates, including west coast shows, will be announced soon.
From The Bird’s Cage will be HRVRD’s Equal Vision Records debut, and will be released in partnership with Enjoy The Ride Records. The album was recorded at Salad Days Studios in Baltimore, MD with producer Brian McTernan (Circa Survive, Senses Fail). HRVRD released their first full-length album, The Inevitable and I, in 2009 and Interpretations, a five-track EP of reimagined versions of songs off of The Inevitable…, in 2010.
Effortlessly encompassing the impressive technical qualities of underground progressive-rock and experimental outfits, HRVRD creates haunting orchestrations of sound through a flawless balance of intricate and cinematic guitar riffs, over dark, passionate lyrics and powerful, driving rhythms; A seamless fusion of dreamlike ambience and catchy, yet sonically sinister melodies.
“The most important thing we kept in mind [on the new album] was a strict ‘less is more’ rule,” notes HRVRD guitarist Lee Herrera. “In the end, I think the songs are more mature, more heartfelt and more honest; We used all of our experiences from the first record and tried to learn from them to make it better, shorter and more focused.”
In regards to meeting the expectations presented as a follow up album to the critically acclaimed The Ineveitable and I, Herrera explains, “All of our lives took strange turns…some for the best and some for the worst, but significant changes that marked the difference between being kids and adults. Once life kicks you down and you have real issues to worry about like money, jobs, rent, relationships, etc…living up to the expectations came to be the least of our concerns, and that’s how the record came to be. I stopped caring about what people thought and just wrote songs to deal with other issues that were drowning me, and once again music and this band became a saving grace.”
Earlier this year HRVRD released a two-song digital single featuring “Cardboard Houses” and “Parts & Labor”. The songs are available now via iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers and will also be available for the first time on vinyl, at the band’s two shows in North Carolina this weekend. The 7″, as well as pre-order bundles for From The Bird’s Cage, will also be available in their online merch store soon.
HRVRD has shared the stage with the likes of Minus The Bear, Fun., Glassjaw, Cursive, The Felix Culpa, Eisley and more. All currently announced tour dates for HRVRD can be found below.
From The Bird’s Cage
1. Black Creme
2. Timid Scripts
4. Flaming Creatures
5. Kids with Fake Guns
6. New Information
7. Cardboard Houses
8. We Never Shut Up About You
9. Old Nature
10. Eva Brücke
Trioscapes w/ HRVRD
Dec 15 Winston-Salem, NC @ Krankies Coffee
Dec 16 Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
letlive. w/ HRVRD, This Is Hell, Conditions, Rescuer
Jan 27 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Jan 28 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
Jan 29 Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox Laundrolounge
Jan 30 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
Jan 31 West Springfield, VA @ Empire
Feb 01 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Feb 02 Amityville, NY @ The Spotlight
Feb 04 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Feb 05 Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
Feb 06 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
Feb 07 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Feb 08 London, ON @ Call The Office
Feb 09 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Feb 10 Toledo, OH @ Frankies