Roman Remains Tour + Album "Zeal" out 3/4/14

Written by Josh Snider

Sayers Club LA Residency and National Tour through SXSW with Gary Numan and Big Black Delta Announced

New Single 'This Stone is Starting to Bleed' Out Now

Roman Remains, the duo comprised of The Duke Spirit's Liela Moss and Toby Butler, will release their album Zeal on H.O.T Records Ltd on 4th March. The Marcus McSweeney-directed video for the album's first single, 'This Stone Is Starting To Bleed,' premiered at Rolling Stone and was deemed by KCRW as a "fiery mix of energetic pop."

Ahead of the release of Zeal, Roman Remains will play their first live dates in the US, starting with a Thursday Residency at Los Angeles' Sayers Club. The North London natives, currently resident in Los Angeles, embark on a tour with Gary Numan and Big Black Delta, alongside SXSW shows in Austin, in March. UK dates will follow later in the spring.

Recorded during a break in The Duke Spirit's touring schedule and mixed by Damian Taylor (Bjork/Austra/UNKLE) during an extraordinarily cold expedition to Montreal, Zeal sees Roman Remains feverishly cross the line between Electro, Industrial and Dance music. Liela Moss's spiritual, earthy and sometimes tongue-in-cheek lyrics and inimitable vocal style give the album a tantalising, alluring feel that draws it's audience into another realm, while the music's unpredictable swerves and skittishness give a quick slap to the listener's face just before they fall too far into the psychedelic rabbit hole. Roman Remains' quests are simple - to make music bassy enough to shatter your own bones and trippy enough to read your own aura. As Butler says, "it's a living, breathing, digital being."

"I'd been wanting to experiment with different writing methods, specifically on electronic instruments, for some time but wasn't sure where to begin" explains Butler. "Then I bumped into friend Simon Byrt (the album's co-producer) and talked about what I wanted to do. Working on ideas together at his London studio pretty much gave me an immediate method and direction...and limitless freedom. I felt like I'd busted open a hundred doors that I'd been curious to see what was behind."

Moss's lyrics, meanwhile, create an obscure, uncanny yet beautiful tableau with changing narrative perspectives. 'The words are born out of my favourite experiences of the last two years or so, many spent travelling and outside, with me in a pretty observant and aware frame of mind. From Los Angeles where you see all that orange and purple bougainvillea caress the sharp edges of those crooked cement sidewalks, to steep glossy mountainsides in the Himalayas where I spent a month last monsoon. Those are places I've had headphones on, listening to Toby's instrumentals. Banging electronic vignettes, heard in random places - that's where you suck in harder at the vitality billowing around you and try to seed it back into the songs. You can't miss out on the metaphors that all the terrain and colour provide, the cornucopia but the BARNICLE and glorious untamedness of it too! I've fallen out of love with the city and just want to cut loose over some open spaces. I wanted to go FERAL and I can with this new record"

Zeal Tracklisting

1.This Stone Is Starting To Bleed
2. Tachycardia
3. Nest In Your Room
4. Agrimony
5. Apoidea
6. Thirsty As A Truck
7. Gazebo
8. Influence And Atlas
9. Animals
10. Vulture Beat
11. It Ends In Other Ways

Roman Remains Tour Dates

2/6 Los Angeles, CA - Sayers Club (Residency)
2/13 Los Angeles, CA - Sayers Club (Residency)
2/20 Los Angeles, CA - Sayers Club (Residency)
2/27 Los Angeles, CA - Sayers Club (Residency)
3/5 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
3/6 Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater
3/7 Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Live
3/8 Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
3/9 Tucson, AZ - The Rialto Theatre
3/11 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
3/12-3/16 - SXSW
3/17 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
3/19 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
3/20 Pittsburgh, PA - The Altar Bar
3/22 New York, NY - Webster Hall
3/23 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre
3/24 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
3/25 Montreal, QC - Cafe Campus
3/27 Toronto, ON - Phoneix Concert Theatre
3/28 Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
3/29 Chicago, IL - Metro
3/30 Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
4/1 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
4/2 St. Louis, MO - Firebird
4/4 Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
4/6 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

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