KILLS BIRDS TO PLAY SEVERAL TOUR DATES WITH FOO FIGHTERS
& CONFIRMED FOR THE GREAT ESCAPE’S FIRST FIFTY
2021 + 2022 TOUR DATES WITH SLEIGH BELLS + FOO FIGHTERS
photo credit to Cheryl Georgette
LA-based incendiary rock band Kills Birds are sharing their introspective and impassioned new single “Cough Up Cherries,” the third offering from their upcoming, sophomore album Married, out via their new label home Royal Mountain Records and KRO Records on November 12th. The band have recently confirmed several tour dates with Foo Fighters and Sleigh Bells for 2021 and 2022 and have also been confirmed to perform as part of The Great Escape’s First Fifty, the first round of the freshest and most exciting talent across the globe.
The new album was recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 by invitation of the man himself, and produced by Yves Rothman. The newest single “Cough Up Cherries” arrives with an official video, directed by Brandon Somerhalder, that speaks directly to the forthcoming album, Married, as vocalist Nina Ljeti wears a wedding dress and veil. We see home movies being filmed, and a very domestic, isolated life — literally being put in a box (a TV screen) — juxtaposed with ferocious live performance scenes, where guitarist Jacob Loeb flawlessly pulls off the full-body guitar spin.
Vocalist Nina Ljeti explains “Cough Up Cherries” and says, “There are a lot of themes to Cherries, as it was written during the height of the pandemic in 2020. The song touches on feelings of loneliness, paranoia, and hopelessness that we all experienced. In addition, Cherries also addresses the identity crisis we all face in the digital age. What our performative personas are vs. who we really are when we’re left alone, and if in the midst of great injustice, we are actually able to hold our own selves accountable.”
Guitarist Jacob Loeb adds, “This song’s instrumentation reflects some of the layers of confusion and chaos that were felt by so many at the height of the pandemic. It’s music that we found at the apex of isolation and outrage. This song has a deeply ominous kick drum heartbeat that drives through the unnervingly twisted and interwoven guitar and bass parts that crescendo to a chorus that feels like an authentic expression of our collective rage at that height of that chaotic time. Bosh Rothman, who drummed on the record, brought some serious fire to the drum fills that close out the song.”
WATCH: Kills Birds’ “Cough Up Cherries” video on YouTube
“Glisten,” the intense second single, was recently released, complete with a visualizer that pools the emotion and ever-climbing energetic fuzz that echos the insecurity that comes with expectations in a relationship. The confusion of love is embodied here — love for others, and love for oneself.
WATCH: Kills Birds’ “Glisten” video on YouTube
“Rabbit,” the ferocious first single and opening track on Married is a storming and immediate declaration of intent from the LA-based band, a brutal and intense account of an abusive relationship struggling with power dynamics, oscillating between quiet and loud dynamics – both beautiful and aggressive, devastating and cathartic.
WATCH: Kills Birds’ “Rabbit” video on YouTube
Led by LA-based and Canada-raised Nina Ljeti (who The LA Times deemed “L.A.’s most electrifying new rock singer”) and rounded out guitarist Jacob Loeb and bassist Fielder Thomas, it’s the first track from Kills Birds since their debut self-titled won fans at outlets like NPR, NYLON, The FADER, The New York Times, Paste Magazine, Chicago Tribune, as well as musicians like Kim Gordon, Hayley Williams of Paramore and Dave Grohl, the latter of which recently invited the band to join Foo Fighters in Mexico City two days before the album’s release. The band will also be opening for Sleigh Bells on a nationwide US tour in October.Full dates are below.
Kills Birds’ Married is out on November 12th via Royal Mountain Records and KRO Records. You can pre-order it here.
Kills Birds 2021 + 2022 Tour Dates
Tour dates with Sleigh Bells:
10/05 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
10/06 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
10/08 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
10/09 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
10/10 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
10/12 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/13 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
10/15 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10/17 – Denver, CO – Gothic
10/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
10/20 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
10/23 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish
10/26 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
10/27 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
10/28 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
11/13 – Monterrey, Mexico – Pal Norte Festival
Tour Dates with Foo Fighters:
11/13 – Hidalgo, MX – Tecate Pal Norte
12/02 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater
12/04 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater
12/07 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
12/09 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
03/15/22 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol (new date)