Progressive rock band Blessed hit the road this week with Stuck in support of their latest, avant-rock gem Circuitous – which is available now via Flemish Eye. This time around Blessed bring their jaw-dropping live experience across Canada, down the West Coast, Texas, Chicago and more.
Circuitous, the band’s second full-length is a rich, moving and committed piece of work that expands on their eclectic discography. Blessed have sharpened their strengths, bringing everchanging depth and expansion to their song craft. The result is a sweeping, hyperreal, industrial art-rock tragedy, rendered in walls of noise, controlled drums, meandering ambience, and staccato syncopation.
The album’s artwork is the band’s most ambitious step into the visual world to date. They teamed up with longtime collaborator, digital artist Nathan Donovan and Jacob Dutton, to direct and design all original art and videos for the record, centering on a nameless, childlike robot that embodies very specific, subtle and uncanny expressions. The robot appears on the record’s cover and in their recent video / visuals for acclaimed singles “Redefine” and “Anything”.
Today Blessed announce their photo and art book, Anything, which gives fans a high quality look at the imagery and process behind Donovan and Dutton’s creation of Circuitous’s artwork. Anything is a 9×12, 58 page collection with a moving forward by Ariel Esteban Cayer titled “Do Androids Dream Of Greener Pastures?”. The book comes accompanied with a digital copy of the album.
BLESSED LIVE DATES:
All Dates w/ Stuck
Nov 17th – Winnipeg, MB – The GoodWill
Nov 18th – Saskatoon, SK – The Black Cat
Nov 19th – Calgary, AB – Palomino
Nov 20th – Edmonton, AB – The Aviary
Nov 23rd – Vancouver, BC – The Red Gate
Nov 25th – Seattle, WA – Clock Out
Nov 26th – Portland, OR – High Water Mark
Nov 28th – Sacramento, CA – The Starlet Room
Nov 29th – San Francisco, CA – The Knockout
Nov 30th – Los Angeles, CA – Gold Diggers
Dec 1st – Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar
Dec 2nd – San Diego – The Comet
Dec 3rd – Phoenix – Valley Bar
Dec 4th – El Paso, TX – Mona
Dec 6th – Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas
Dec 7th – Denton, TX – Andy’s Bar
Dec 8th – Fayetteville, AR – Smoke And Barrel
Dec 9th – St Louis, MO – Heavy Anchor
Dec 10th – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle