Biography

For a band that titled its first LP Farmer’s Almanac, East Of The Wall offers little to fans of predictability. The group’s catalog is a slap in the face to any would-be prognosticator. Each album has varied wildly in identity and scope. The debut was a purely instrumental sojourn that ranged from majestic to frantic. Sophomore release Ressentiment added vocals and an increased focus on aggression and dissonance. Tertiary album The Apologist split the difference and garnered widespread acclaim in doing so.

Now East Of The Wall have released Redaction Artifacts, perhaps the most dense record the band has yet created. Although the band has upped the intensity in scope and musicianship, Redaction Artifacts may be most immediately rewarding to the casual listener. In part this accessibility is due to the confidence of band’s new melodic vocalist/guitarist Greg Kuter, as well as the growth of screamed vocalist/bassist Chis Alfano (formerly screams and guitar on previous releases). Particularly impactful is the melodic interplay of Kuter with guitarist/vocalist Matt Lupo, who has taken a more active role as a singer after having performed only a few parts on The Apologist. With each album East Of The Wall has upped its vocal game, but never before has the group succeeded so thoroughly.

What’s most impressive is that East Of The Wall has increased its immediacy without dumbing the music down. Redaction Artifacts sees the members pushing their playing and composition beyond past boundaries. New lead guitarist Ray Suhy is a brilliant addition, and drummer Seth Rheam turns in his most inspired performance to date. East Of The Wall‘s guitar acrobatics remain as creative as ever, and the signature bass growl thunders and weaves through the mix. Redaction Artifacts retains the band’s usual powerful yet natural recording fidelity, devoid of drum samples, auto-tune, and brick wall compression.

Redaction Artifacts was tracked by Eric Rachel (Municipal Waste, God Forbid, Burnt By The Sun, Skid Row) at Trax East and Todd Hutchinsen (Zud, The Baltic Sea) at Acadia Recording, and was mixed by Eric Rachel at Trax East. It will be released October 29th via Translation Loss. Vinyl licensed in the US by Science Of Silence.

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OPUL: “Levels” EP – The Ripple Effect

“Gorgeous vocals ethereally soar over some rather weighty instrumentation. Mirroring an aspect of the cover art they sound as if they are being broadcast through the upper reaches of the atmosphere. […] Powerful, bombastic, and assured are all adjectives that come to mind when I think about the instrumental elements on this EP. Hefty guitar riffs whirl out of the speakers, only dialed back when the songs call for a more relaxed, dream-like ambience.” – The Ripple Effect

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OPUL: “Levels” – Sweet Bread Productions

“Marking a bit of a return to form to the style of his first EP, Personnel, the three tracks that make up Levels showcase Lupo’s ear for captivating melodies and lean, effective arrangements. Levels stands as [OPUL‘s] most complete and realized solo effort this far, and deserves repeated spins by any fan of catchy but adventurous music.” – Sweet Bread Productions

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OPUL: The Lightness of Being – Interview with Osprey Music Magazine

Lindsay O’Connor picks Matt Lupo’s brain about his latest solo effort, Levels:

Upon hearing the opening refrain on Matt Lupo’s Levels, I experienced immediate relief of all burdens—those most apparent, as well as ones I didn’t even know I had.

It’s likely because the music on Levels simply transcends; its aural atmosphere frees. And it’s also likely because Matt Lupo, guitarist of East of the Wall, masterfully created the EP’s sonic landscape with pitch-perfect, devastatingly sweet vocals and insightful songwriting. As a result, Levels may stand as his most profound work to date.

Head over to Osprey Music Magazine for the complete interview.

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OPUL Streaming New EP “Levels” – American Aftermath

“Fans of the spacey alternative rock of Hum and Failure, or the driving post-hardcore grooves of Quicksand will likely be enamored with these three tracks.” – American Aftermath

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OPUL “Levels” – Osprey Music Magazine

Levels is a truly satiating aural experience, where […] unapologetically beautiful harmonies, shapes, and textures arrange themselves into three well-composed, inexhaustibly lush songs.” – Osprey Music Magazine

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OPUL: MetalSucks Streams New Solo EP By East Of The Wall Guitarist; “Levels” Out Today Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

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Levels, the fourth solo recording from OPUL — a.k.a. Matt Lupo of East Of The Wall — is now streaming via MetalSucks, as Nefarious Industries releases the layered three-song EP today.

The fourth chapter under the OPUL banner to see release in three years, Levels takes the multi-instrumentalist’s work to new realms, the EP full of guitar-driven, super-melodious, heavy rock riffage that aims for the stratosphere, offering something substantial and infectious, combining elements of progressive/post-hardcore experimentation, modern progressive crossover and soulful folk/indie rock. With all songwriting, instrumentation, vocals, recording and mixing handled by Lupo, and mastering courtesy of Steven Alexander, fans of Quicksand, Sensefield, Shift, A Perfect Circle, Radiohead, Dredg, East Of The Wall, Maid Myriad and more will enjoy the layered and ambitious twenty-minute voyage showcasing a variety of beautifully-layered vocal arrangements atop both crunching and crystal clear guitar tones and an incredible range of musical diversity.

MetalSucks today streams Levels, including in their write-up alongside the exclusive premiere, “Fully written, performed, recorded and mixed by Lupo himself, OPUL is a wholly different beast from East of the Wall — the two projects have little in common besides a sense of creative adventurousness sorely missing from music today — but we’re still confident you’re gonna love it. Lupo’s spacey, soulful vocals, psychedelic, dreamy guitars, and surprisingly swing-infused drumming makes for an achingly beautiful, wholly unique aural experience. If the Star Child from 2001: A Space Odyssey were wearing headphones in that amniotic sac of his while he float through space, he would almost certainly be listening to OPUL’s Levels.”

Discover all of Levels at MetalSucks RIGHT HERE.

Levels is out today through Nefarious Industries digitally, available for purchase HERE.

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Exclusive EP Stream: OPUL’s “Levels” – MetalSucks

“Fully written, performed, recorded and mixed by Lupo himself, OPUL is a wholly different beast from East of the Wall — the two projects have little in common besides a sense of creative adventurousness sorely missing from music today — but we’re still confident you’re gonna love it. Lupo’s spacey, soulful vocals, psychedelic, dreamy guitars, and surprisingly swing-infused drumming makes for an achingly beautiful, wholly unique aural experience. If the Star Child from 2001: A Space Odyssey were wearing headphones in that amniotic sac of his while he float through space, he would almost certainly be listening to OPUL‘s Levels.” – MetalSucks

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Hey! Listen to OPUL’s “Levels” EP! – Heavy Blog is Heavy

“The immediate surprise here is the heavy shoegaze wash across Levels‘ 3 tracks. Reverb-laden production and bright, clean tones are front-and-center throughout, which serve as a fitting compliment to Lupo’s very tuneful and melodic vocals. The least surprising thing about these tracks is simply how huge these vocal hooks and choruses are, particularly on opener ‘Presence’ and closer ‘Clarity.’ Lupo has such an incredible knack for these pleasure-centers of melody that always manage to sound fresh and different from one another, and that talent is showcased here from beginning to end. […] At 19 minutes, Levels is a lovely and tight package of ear-worm melodies and powerful songwriting that should leave a lot of listeners looking for more.” – Heavy Blog is Heavy

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OPUL: Stereokiller Premieres Track From New Solo EP By East Of The Wall Guitarist Matt Lupo – Earsplit Compound

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Next week, East Of The Wall guitarist Matt Lupo will release the most ambitious recordings to date from his solo outfit, OPUL, through his latest EP, Levels, and in advance, Stereokiller.com has released the track “Presence.”

The fourth chapter Lupo will release under the OPUL banner in less than three years, Levels takes the multi-instrumentalists’ work to new realms, both in exploration and delivery. The EP is full of guitar-driven, super-melodious, heavy rock riffage that aims for the stratosphere. Something tangible is here offered to fans of progressive/post-hardcore experimentation, modern progressive crossover and soulful folk/indie rock. All of these attributes can be felt in the infectious nearly five-and-a-half minute opening rocker, “Presence,” and only continues to unfold through the remainder of the witty recording. Nefarious Industries will release Levels digitally on January 13th.

Experience “Presence” for yourself through Stereokiller at THIS LOCATION.

Having been a main part of the morphing entity which transformed from The Postman Syndrome in the early 2000s, and into what is East of The Wall Today, through OPUL, Matt Lupo delivers plenty of the guitar and vocals he is known for providing for his other musical acts in addition to bass, drums and all other instrumentation and songwriting. On his fourth solo excursion, the layered and ambitious Levels is a twenty-minute voyage showcasing a variety of beautifully-layered vocal arrangements atop both crunching and crystal clear guitar tones and an incredible range of musical diversity, fully written, performed, recorded and mixed by Lupo himself, and mastered by Steven Alexander. Fragments of everything from Quicksand, Sensefield, Shift, A Perfect Circle, Radiohead, Dredg, East Of The Wall, Maid Myriad and more can be discovered within Levels, while the EP stands tall on its own merit in every way.

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OPUL Releases Three Song “Levels” EP – Covering the Scene

“Think of it as an experiment of what Pink Floyd, Sting/The Police, Radiohead, heavy indie rock with bits of folk and The Beach Boys gone dark would sound like spread across three distinctive songs.” – Covering the Scene

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OPUL: New Solo EP From East Of The Wall Guitarist Matt Lupo To See Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

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This winter, Nefarious Industries will proudly release the latest EP from solo act OPUL, the solo outing by Matt Lupo of East Of The Wall.

Having been a main part of the morphing entity which transformed from The Postman Syndrome in the early 2000s, and into what is East of The Wall Today, guitarist and vocalist Matt Lupo has stepped outside of all previous and current band entities, to organically formulate this expansive solo EP under the moniker OPUL, entitled Levels.

On his fourth solo excursion as OPUL, Lupo delivers plenty of the guitar and melodic vocals he is known for providing for his other musical acts, yet on this expansive and reflexive three-song EP, the multi-instrumentalist supplies all instruments including bass and drums. A layered and ambitious excursion, this twenty-minute recording showcases a variety of beautifully-layered vocal arrangements, atop both crunching and crystal clear guitar tones, and an incredible range of musical exploration, fully written, performed, recorded and mixed by Lupo himself, and mastered by Steven Alexander. OPUL’s newest offering is guitar-driven, super-melodious, heavy rock riffage that aims for the stratosphere. Something tangible is here offered to fans of 90s progressive/post-hardcore experimentation, modern progressive crossover and soulful folk/indie rock, with fragments of everything from Quicksand, Sensefield, Shift, A Perfect Circle, Radiohead, Dredg and labelmates Maid Myriad cohesively found within these Levels.

Nefarious Industries will release Levels digitally on January 13th with a physical version to follow shortly after. Stand by for samples of the album, preorder links and further updates at the beginning of the year.

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Levels Track Listing:
1. Presence
2. Velocity & Saturation
3. Clarity

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EL DRUGSTORE Exposes New Instrumental Perversion At Noisey – Earsplit Compound

As EL DRUGSTORE gets ready to pump their mangled instrumental chaos into your holiday shrimp cocktail on New Year’s Eve, with the release of their debut full-length, Plague Ship, today Noisey gets down with the sickness and busts out a pulverizing new jam from the record.

The second of ten brainbanging EL DRUGSTORE rippers on the record, “Hipster Tits” is one of the album’s most extensive, smacking you right in the face with over five minutes of nonstop hyper-jam dementia, supplying some of the most schizophrenically-inclined tension-builders to be found within the confines of the Plague Ship. When our thugs approached Noisey’s people about deploying a different track from the record, their response was, “How can you have a song called ‘Hipster Tits’ and not premiere it on VICE?”

Get in on the unharnessed action with Noisey/VICE whenever you have a free hand AT THIS LOCATION.

MetalSucks is crazy for these dudes too; they recently dropped “The Natives Are Getting Useless” from the record RIGHT HERE.

Plague Ship will see digital release on Nefarious Industries — EL DRUGSTORE’s independent label founded with their cohorts in A Fucking Elephant in 2011 — on New Year’s Eve, with a physical pressing to follow.

Comprised of guitarist Kevin Conway (ex-East of the Wall), drummer Seth Rheam (East of the Wall) and bassist Rolando Alvarado, EL DRUGSTORE’s jacked-up delivery is at full-mast on Plague Ship, the record bearing over forty-five minutes of their belligerent, instrumental bombast. On the dizzying array of head-scratching jam-outs, amplification runs rampant, propelling the massive array of effect/pedal-laden spazz-riffery through the pummeling percussive whiplash without a whiff of spitty breath to be found. Plague Ship was tracked at parts unknown by the band and their cohort Chris Alfano (East of the Wall, Argonauts), and mixed and mastered by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios.

EL DRUGSTORE Live:
2/01/2014 Paradise Lost – New Brunswick, NJ w/ Zevious, Fond Han

“The music is hyperactive, disjunctive and jarring. It will enthrall you as well as pummel you with its tornadoes of complex riffing and eccentricities. Instrumental technical metal has been done before but El Drugstore have a style all their own and Plague Ship can attest to that. 9/10″ – American Aftermath

“The Jersey instrumental trio makes a fuckload of noise… 45 minutes of brain-busting, off-timed scatterrock.” – Noisey/Vice

“…a winding and twisting instrumental act with a capital ‘mental’… Delightfully non-linear…” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“In places Plague Ship soundtracks a cyclone carnival ride, all dizzying tempos and blurring sights, and follows riders as they disembark to stagger down the midway, dodge fest-goers and barfpiles, then come to a stop facedown behind the toilets. It’s wild!” – MetalSucks

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Heavy Blog Is Heavy reviews “Plague Ship” – East Of The Wall Is El Drugstore, Es Muy Bueno

EL DRUGSTORE is “a winding and twisting instrumental act with a capital ‘mental’. Delightfully non-linear and coming across like the half-way point between East Of The Wall and the all-too-quiet Keelhaul.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

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EL DRUGSTORE: MetalSucks Drops Single From NJ Instrumental/Prog Mutants’ Debut Full-Length – Earsplit Compound

El Drugstore

As New Jersey’s mutant trio of the progressive metal scene, EL DRUGSTORE, prepares to sail their Plague Ship debut full-length, the first bait traps have been set with the release of the album’s maiden single.

Now streaming at MetalSucks, the sixth of the ten riff-torpedos loaded into Plague Ship’s cannons is a prime example of the deranged but dexterous and over-amplified, instrumental professionally-imbalanced craftsmanship these three deckhands mop the place up with. In just over four-and-a-half minutes on the pummeling “The Natives Are Getting Useless,” EL DRUGSTORE unloads more metallic commotion in this solitary anthem than many so-called progressive practitioners perform all year, the album a vast three year-long writing and pre-production process. The cover art for the band’s kinky new voyage forged by the hand of Jolil Ula from Vacant Eye Photography and the roster of deranged sea shanties on board this diseased vessel have also been released from the cargo bay.

Get seasick but keep your chum overboard as “The Natives Are Getting Useless” courtesy of MetalSucks RIGHT HERE.

EL DRUGSTORE’s virgin romp on full-length turf, Plague Ship will see digital release on Nefarious Industries — their own conjoined independent label founded with their cohorts in A Fucking Elephant in 2011 — on the last day of the year, December 31st, with a physical pressing to follow.

Devised by the corrupted intellect of guitarist Kevin Conway (ex-East of the Wall), drummer Seth Rheam (East of the Wall) and bassist Rolando Alvarado, Keyport, New Jersey-based EL DRUGSTORE has been discharging their mangled, aggro-technical metallic racket since 2008. The band’s debut recording, a split full-length with cohorts A Fucking Elephant, marked the inauguration of their conjoined independent label, Nefarious Industries in 2011. But the swagger of their jacked-up anti-capella songcraft is at full-mast with their debut full-length, Plague Ship, bearing over forty-five minutes of EL DRUGSTORE’s belligerent bombast. On the dizzying array of head-scratching jam-outs, amplification runs rampant, propelling the massive array of effect/pedal-laden spazz-riffery through the pummeling percussive whiplash without a whiff of spitty breath to be found. Plague Ship was tracked at parts unknown by the band and their cohort Chris Alfano (East of the Wall, Argonauts), and mixed and mastered by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios.

Plague Ship

Plague Ship Track Listing:
1. Tell Them I Said Something
2. Hipster Tits
3. Enthusiastic Corruption of the Public Good
4. Fascinating Underpants
5. By What Ill-Begotten Means Have You Procured This Meat?
6. The Natives Are Getting Useless
7. Tokyo Assault
8. Wheel of Sadness
9. Pandemonium in the Bronx
10. Steakback

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MetalSucks – Exclusive Premiere: El Drugstore’s Post-EOTW Madness

“[EL DRUGSTORE] pumps sideways instru-metal that’s confrontational like Don Caballero and forceful like Mastodon — and sometimes deft like Mahavishnu Orchestra and gritty like Botch. In places Plague Ship soundtracks a cyclone carnival ride, all dizzying tempos and blurring sights, and follows riders as they disembark to stagger down the midway, dodge fest-goers and barfpiles, then come to a stop facedown behind the toilets. It’s wild! Check out our exclusive track ‘The Natives Are Getting Useless,’ which mimics the stream-of-consciousness sketch show weirdness of Mr. Show: one punchline acts as set up for the next and riffs aren’t exhausted so much as rent in half and stomped on.” – MetalSucks

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EAST OF THE WALL: Farmer’s Almanac vinyl reissue record release show

EAST OF THE WALL To Infiltrate Trax East This Month; Tour Starts This Week – Earsplit Compound

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EAST OF THE WALL will be entering the renowned New Brunswick, New Jersey recording studio Trax East on May 27th to begin tracking the band’s next album, Redaction Artifacts, with engineer Eric Rachel (Burnt By The Sun, God Forbid, The Red Chord, Municipal Waste). Mixing is scheduled for mid-July and the album will be released in late October via Translation Loss Records.

Those wishing to hear new material from Redaction Artifacts right now can do so by purchasing the benefit single for the band’s new song, “I’m Always Fighting Drago.” All proceeds go to producer Andrew Schneider, to help him rebuild his studio Translator Audio — the point of conception for previous East Of The Wall albums as well as Made Out Of Babies, Keelhaul, Cave In, Unsane, and more have recorded — which was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. In addition to the new demo for “…Drago” and an acoustic version of the band’s song “Century Of Excellence,” anyone who purchases the benefit single this April will receive links to download two free albums. The first is the new Personnel EP from EOTW guitarist/vocalist Matt Lupo’s solo project Opul. The second is the full-length Understanding Consequences from Day Without Dawn, the short-lived group formed by members of EOTW in 2006 after their previous band The Postman Syndrome disbanded. Purchase the Benefit For Translator Audio single and receive the complimentary albums RIGHT HERE.

One last way to hear new EAST OF THE WALL music in advance is to see them live. This April, the band — with Carmine Laietta of Hull in tow as a touring third guitarist — will be road testing new material on a two week tour. Also available at these shows is the new vinyl edition of the band’s out-of-print first album, Farmer’s Almanac, released today via Nefarious Industries.

EAST OF THE WALL April Tour Dates:
4/12/2013 Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ A Fucking Elephant
4/13/2013 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ Meek Is Murder, Family
4/14/2013 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Heikousen, Meek Is Murder
4/16/2013 The Depot – York, PA
4/17/2013 Howlers Coyote Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
4/18/2013 V Club – Huntington, WV
4/19/2013 Cheers – South Bend, IN w/ Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
4/20/2013 Planet Rock – Battle Creek, MI w/ Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
4/21/2013 Ultra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
4/22/2013 The Rockery – Wyandotte, MI
4/23/2013 Annabell’s – Akron, OH
4/24/2013 Gorham Brothers Music – Syracuse, NY

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East of the Wall: Pre-order Farmer’s Almanac 2013 Edition LP

Farmer's Almanac 2013 Edition LP

Limited edition vinyl reissue of Farmer’s Almanac, remastered and pressed on 180 gram heavy weight vinyl, with full color gatefold jacket. Available on Black or Transparent Green vinyl.

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EAST OF THE WALL Announces April East Coast/Midwest Tour; Deluxe LP Reissue Of Debut Album Slated – Earsplit Compound

East of the Wall

Tech/prog metal squad EAST OF THE WALL this week transmits the details for their upcoming stateside April tour. Beginning with a home state kickoff show on April 12th, the tour will hit eleven cities across the East Coast and Midwestern U.S. Sponsored by long-running webzine Metal Underground, the trek will see EOTW teamed up with LA-based stoner/groove metal outfit All Hail The Yeti for all shows, with Indiana’s math/experimental metal outfit Exotic Animal Petting Zoo also joining the melee on three dates.

In conjunction with the new tour, EAST OF THE WALL will also issue a high-quality LP pressing of their previously out-of-print debut full-length, Farmer’s Almanac. Initially released on CD through Forgotten Empire Records in 2008, this 2013 edition of the Farmer’s Almanac broadcasts the entire maiden album performed by the band’s earliest lineup and is hitting the streets via EOTW’s cohorts at Nefarious Industries. It has been remastered at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves by Colin Marston, who originally recorded and mixed the album, and supplied guest guitar tracks during the recording sessions. The release will see limited pressings on 180-gram vinyl, with 250 copies on black and 250 on transparent blue, and will include an MP3 download coupon, all housed in a full-color gatefold jacket. Preorders can be placed here.

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Recently EAST OF THE WALL posted a new digital single to benefit Translator Audio, the renowned NYC-based studio where the band and many others including Keelhaul, Unsane, Pelican, Cave In and Rosetta recorded some of their prime albums. Stream the track “I’m Always Fighting Drago” and purchase the two-song download to help rebuild Translator Audio RIGHT HERE.

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EAST OF THE WALL will enter the studio in late Spring to construct their next massive LP for Translation Loss. More info will be announced in the coming weeks. Contact Earsplit PR for all EOTW press inquiries including previews and live coverage of the upcoming tour.

EAST OF THE WALL April Tour:
4/12/2013 Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ All Hail The Yeti, A Fucking Elephant
4/13/2013 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ All Hail The Yeti, Meek Is Murder, Family
4/14/2013 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ All Hail The Yeti
4/16/2013 The Depot – York, PA w/ All Hail The Yeti
4/17/2013 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA w/ All Hail The Yeti
4/18/2013 V Club – Huntington, WV w/ All Hail The Yeti
4/19/2013 Cheers – South Bend, IN w/ All Hail The Yeti, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
4/20/2013 Planet Rock – Battle Creek, MI w/ All Hail The Yeti, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
4/21/2013 Ultra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ All Hail The Yeti, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
4/22/2013 The Rockery – Detroit, MI w/ All Hail The Yeti
4/23/2013 Annabell’s – Akron, OH w/ All Hail The Yeti
4/24/2013 TBA – NY

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