POLYPHIA ANNOUNCES ‘RENAISSANCE’; PREMIERES “EUPHORIA” MUSIC VIDEO
Dallas, TX-based instrumental outfit Polyphia will release their highly anticipated sophomore full-length Renaissance, on March 11. Today, the band is also premiering a new music video for “Euphoria”, which was filmed at Circuit 12 Contemporary’s “Mysterious Muck” gallery exhibit, and can be seen at polyphia.merchnow.com.
The album can be pre-ordered now via polyphia.merchnow.com and through digital retailers such as iTunes. All pre-orders include an instant digital download of “Euphoria”. The first pressing of vinyl for Renaissance is limited to 1000, with two color variants: 500 of black with white splatter [pre-order / retail exclusive] and 500 of white with black splatter [tour exclusive].
Renaissance was recorded with Nick Sampson (Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men) who co-produced the album with Polyphia guitarists Tim Henson and Scott LePage. Renaissance introduces a new conceptual and artistic direction for the trio’s sound, vibe and visual aesthetic, that sees the band embracing their eclectic musical tastes (which include EDM, hip hop, pop and classical music) to create their own innovative blend of technical, yet melodic instrumental arrangements.
“As a band, we’ve been pretty clear and up front about our love affair with culturally mainstream music. Arranging the actual sound of the record was somewhat tricky, seeing as how the Justin Bieber and Drake records we’ve been blasting nonstop don’t exactly fit right in with the thematic elements of Renaissance culture,” shares bassist Clay Gober. “At the end of the day it was actually quite a blast to see what sort of “hybrid” music we could birth between various genres in a tasteful way. It feels really good to know that the internet won’t be able to label this album with a sub-genre quite as easily as it might expect.”
“We want people to recognize the new creative direction we’re going with our music: an almost electronic type of genre merged with instrumental songwriting. One thing we like to experiment with is jamming on hip hop tracks just to see where it takes us, and doing that has helped us come up with some fresh new ideas for song structure, melody, and other things that we haven’t really ever experimented with before. We find that this is a really good way of opening our ears to new realms of music writing. Coming up with catchy, memorable hooks is something we’ve been working hard to implement in our music. It feels good to be giving our fans and friends a new album that’s so emotionally charged and intellectually stimulating. It’s going to make people think things they’ve never thought, feel things they’ve never felt, and hopefully see that Polyphia is expanding in a way that we’re extremely passionate about.”
Renaissance is the follow up to Muse, the band’s debut full-length that has sold over 10k copies to date and which landed on several Billboard Charts including: No. 5 on Internet Albums, No. 6 on Hard Rock Albums, No. 13 on Independent Albums, No. 22 on Top Rock Albums, No. 71 on Top Current Albums, and No. 76 on Top 200. Through Muse, the band also found early supporters in the likes of Dunlop, Ibanez and Guitar World.
Polyphia recently wrapped up a full US tour with August Burns Red, Every Time I Die, Stick To Your Guns and Wage War, and will next head out on a full US run with CHON and Strawberry Girls. The band has previously toured and shared stages with the likes of Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Between The Buried and Me, The Contortionist, Intervals and more. All upcoming tour dates can be found below.
CHON w/Polyphia and Strawberry Girls
Mar 11 Pomona, CA @ Glass House
Mar 12 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
Mar 13 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Mar 15 Portland, OR @ Analog Theater
Mar 16 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Mar 18 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Mar 19 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Mar 20 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
Mar 22 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Mar 23 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Mar 24 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
Mar 25 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Mar 26 Grand Rapid, MI @ Stache at Intersection
Mar 28 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
Mar 29 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Mar 30 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Apr 01 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Apr 02 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Apr 03 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Apr 05 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Apr 06 Orlando, FL @ The Social
Apr 07 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr 08 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Apr 09 Houston, TX @ House of Blues: Bronze Peacock
Apr 10 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
Apr 11 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
Apr 12 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Apr 14 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
Apr 15 West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour