Published Feb 19, 2020After wrapping up a long stretch of Canadian tour dates, including a performance at M for Montreal, WHOOP-Szo have announced plans for a North American tour in support of their 2019 record Warrior Down.
The tour includes numerous stops in Canada, as well as the U.S., with everything kicking off in Toronto on March 5. They'll make 33 stops along the way, heading all the way west to Victoria in early April, before making their way back to Ontario for their final show with ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead in Ottawa on April 25.
Alongside the tour announcement, the band have also shared a brand new video for their Warrior Down lead single "Amaruq."
Calling the video a "visual summation of the themes conveyed on Warrior Down," here's what songwriter/frontman Adam Sturgeon had to say about the new visuals:
It presents a vision of an Indigenous Future, one that defies being molded into the usual narrative of Indigenous identity. The 'Noble Indian' looks into the mirror of his past and/or present.
In a statement, video director Ross Millar said the song "has a lot of energy, and it immediately gave us the impression that there was an adventurous story to be told visually. The challenge with miniatures is making small characters, structures and landscapes appear much bigger than they are. A lot of it comes down to tricky camera angles, lighting, and various scales to achieve depth and create an interesting cinematic environment for the viewer."
WHOOP-Szo released Warrior Down back in November via You've Changed Records. The album made it on Exclaim!'s 10 Most Underrated Albums of 2019.
Watch their new video for "Amaruq" below, where you can also find the band's upcoming tour dates.
03/05 Toronto, ON - Baby G
03/12 Cincinnati, OH - Mockbee
03/13 St. Louis, MO - Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center
03/15 Louisville, KY - Wet Basement
03/16 Fort Worth, TX - Lola's
03/17 Denton, TX - Fannin
03/18-20 Austin, TX - SXSW
03/21 Hot Springs National Park, AK - Valley of the Vapors Festival
03/25 Seattle, WA - Substation
03/26 Portland, OR - No Fun Bar
03/27 Boise, ID - Neurolux / Treefort Music Festival
03/28 Boise, ID - The Hideout / Treefort Festival
03/29 Boise, ID - Tom Grainey's Basement / Treefort Festival
04/1 Abbotsford, BC - Carport Manor
04/2 Vancouver, BC - TBD
04/3 Victoria, BC - Rubber Boots Club
04/4 Seattle, WA - Victory Lounge
04/5 Portland, OR - Firkin Pub
04/8 Regina, SK - T & A Vinyl
04/9 Calgary, AB - Palomino
04/10 Edmonton, ON - Aviary / Mad Galaxy Festival
04/11 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's
04/14 Winnipeg, MB - Good Will Social Club
04/15 Thunder Bay, ON - Apollo
04/16 Sault Ste Marie, ON - Sault Ste Marie Museum
04/17 Port Huron, MI - Schwonk Homestead
04/18 Toronto, ON - Tiny Record Store (Record Store Day)
04/18 London, ON - Grooves Records (Record Store Day)
04/21 Quebec City, QC - La Source De La Martiniere %
04/22 Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz %
04/23 Peterborough, ON - TBD
04/24 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern %
04/25 Ottawa, ON - 27 Club %
% with ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead