The Constellations will release their debut album Southern Gothic on EMIâ€™s Virgin Records on June 8. Rising stars of the Atlanta scene, the bandâ€”which is fronted by charismatic vocalist Elijah Jonesâ€”is set for a breakout year in 2010. Southern Gothic was produced by Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley), and features guest appearances by Cee-Lo and Asher Roth. The band is currently giving away a free mp3 of the albumâ€™s opening track â€œSetbackâ€ at www.theconstellationsmusic.com.
Following recent tours with the Greyboy Allstars and RJD2, The Constellationsâ€™ upcoming touring plans will include a run of headlining dates with opening dates with Hockey (March 11-April 8), and their SXSW debut (March 18-21).
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Southern Gothic is all about what happens in The Constellationsâ€™ Atlanta stomping grounds afterhours, a spectacle rife with seedy scenes and eccentric personalities, and propelled by a manic energy that hustles the audience deeper into the unexpected. Your tour guide on this madcap adventure is the magnetic frontman and vocalist Elijah Jonesâ€”the ringleader of the twisted circus that is The Constellationsâ€”who spent two years writing and recording the album with producer Ben H. Allen.
â€œAtlanta is strange,â€ says Jones, â€œbecause weâ€™re all basically pushed together.â€ The hip-hop heads, punk rockers, and indie kids all rub shoulders and mix it up. Southern Gothic reflects that inclusive diversity in its far-reaching sound. One expects nothing less from a singer who cites Tom Waits and Cee-Lo of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley as his musical heroes, working with a producer who name-checks Fela Kuti and Gorillaz among their recordâ€™s key influences.
The bandâ€™s name refers to the myriad musicians from the regional scene who either contributed to making the album or have since played in The Constellations live band. One luminary who drops in is Cee-Lo, who added a verse to the electro-rocker â€œLove Is A Murder.â€ Another guest is suburban rapper Asher Roth, lending his playful rhymes to â€œWeâ€™re Here To Save The Day.â€ Other highlights include the funk number â€œFelicia,â€ for which Jones drew inspiration from the laidback â€˜70s vignettes of Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, and the albumâ€™s centerpiece, â€œStep Right Up (A Tribute To Tom Waits).â€
THE CONSTELLATIONS â€“ 2010 TOUR DATES
Mar. 11 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN w/ Hockey
Mar. 12 Schubaâ€™s Tavern Chicago, IL w/ Hockey
Mar. 13 Outland on Liberty Columbus, OH w/ Hockey
Mar 15 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY w/ Hockey
Mar. 16 Johnny Brendaâ€™s Philadelphia, PA w/ Hockey
Mar. 17 Rock n Roll Hotel Washington, DC w/ Hockey
Mar. 18-21 SXSW Austin, TX
Mar. 22 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC w/ Hockey
Mar. 23 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN w/ Hockey
Mar. 24 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA w/ Hockey
Mar. 25 CafÃ© 11 St. Augustine, FL w/ Hockey
Mar. 26 Club Downunder Tallahassee, FL w/ Hockey
Mar. 27 Bottle Tree Birmingham, AL w/ Hockey
Mar. 29 Thirsty Hippo Hattiesburg, MS w/ Hockey
Mar. 30 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA w/ Hockey
Apr. 1 Warehouse Live Houston, TX w/ Hockey
Apr. 2 Emoâ€™s Austin, TX w/ Hockey
Apr. 3 The Loft Dallas, TX w/ Hockey
Apr. 6 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO w/ Hockey
Apr. 7 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT w/ Hockey
Apr. 8 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR w/ Hockey