TWITCH THE RIPPER Announces Tourdates with The Funeral Party

In support of their critically-hailed debut BODILESS, Connecticut’s own genre-bending electronic band TWITCH THE RIPPER (TTR) will be hitting the road this Spring and Summer with dark luminaries such as Ego Likeness with The Ludovico Technique, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult with 16 Volt, and a one-off with current buzz band The Funeral Party (tour dates below). “For our first US tour, we couldn’t be more excited,” says Jon Dobyns (vocals, synth, guitar), one half of the electronic duo along with Lonn Bologna (programming, synth, drums).

Kicking off their US trek in NYC supporting The Funeral Party on March 30th, TTR will first embark on the Darkfest tour with Ego Likeness and The Ludovico Technique before joining up with Thrill Kill Kult (TKK). “We’ve been fans of TKK for years, so it’s always an honor to share the stage with acts that have helped create and mold the current scene,” he continues. “Like TTR, TKK is a group that has melded genres to create something new and has not been abled to be pigeonholed. From synth-pop, to industrial, to goth-rock, fans of all sub-genres are in for a treat.”

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With impressive opening slots already on their resumé, TTR have played a number of live performances but this will be their first national tour. “We were able to support The Birthday Massacre on their Northeast run, along with supporting Nitzer Ebb, Xiu Xiu and Combichrist regionally, but we now have the opportunity to take Bodiless nationally,” Jon says excitedly. The band will be adding a third member to the live line-up to add additional synths and samplers to create the best possible live performance. “We wanted to make sure we recreated the music and vibe from Bodiless as organically as possible.”

Mixed by Grammy winner Phil Magnotti and mastered by Emily Lazar of The Lodge (Vampire Weekend, Depeche Mode), Bodiless is an album that is as organic as it is synthetic. Fueled by electronics and synths but made of viscerally human emotions, it embraces both and mixes them inextricably. From the moody percussiveness of the title track to the midnight groove of “Never Got You Anywhere” to the soaringly propulsive “Eternity,” Bodiless travels effortlessly and fluidly between synth grooves and human emotions. Fearnet hails,”it’s their moody, ’80s-influenced melodies and vocals that tie the whole package together, and that element has led many listeners to compare them favorably with the post-punk icons of that decade, including New Order and Depeche Mode. Not too shabby for a band that’s only been on the scene for a couple of years.” Their hometown daily newspaper, The Hartford Courant says the band “builds moody soundscapes around gauzy, textured synthesizer parts, subdued, chittering rhythms and ghostly murmured vocals… calling to mind Trent Reznor on some of the darker Nine Inch Nails tunes circa Pretty Hate Machine.”

Twitch the Ripper is Jon Dobyns (vocals, synth, guitar) and Lonn Bologna (programming, synth, drums).

Supporting The Funeral Party
3/30 New York, NY Mercury Lounge

DARKFEST with Ego Likeness, The Ludovico Technique
4/7 Savannah, GA ClubOne
4/9 Jacksonville, FL Factory
4/10 Nashville, TN The Rutledge
4/11 St. Louis, MO Crack Fox
4/13 Raleigh, NC Legends
4/14 Baltimore, MD The Hexagon
4/15 Pittsburgh, PA 31st St Pub
4/16 New York City STIMULATE
4/17 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall

Supporting My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and 16 Volt
4/28- Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
4/29- Toledo, OH Headliner’s
4/30- Indianapolis, IN Tru Nightclub
5/1- Nashville, TN Exit In
5/2- Atlanta, GA Masquerade
5/4- Savannah, GA Wormhole

5/5- Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit’s
5/6- West Palm Beach, FL Respectable Street
5/9- Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
5/11- Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
5/12- Richmond, VA Fallout
5/13- Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street
5/14- New York, NY Santo’s Party House
5/18 -Pittsburgh, PA Diesel
5/19- Cincinnati, OH The 20th Century Theatre
6/17- Detroit, MI Token Lounge
6/18- Chicago, IL Reggie’s
6/19- St. Louis, MO Firebird
6/20- Tulsa, OK The Marquee
6/22- New Orleans, LA Howlin’ Wolf
6/23- San Antonio, TX Click’s Live
6/24- Austin, TX Elysium
6/25- Houston, TX Numbers
6/26- Dallas, TX The Church

*More Dates Will Be Announced*

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