Releasing one of the year’s premier electronic-music albums, pursuing an epic tour schedule spanning 2 nationwide tours including Coachella, Lollapalooza and Ultra, plus tours of the U.K. and Australia– apparently all that wasn’t enough for The Glitch Mob. If anything, it’s just proven to be the beginning… The Los Angeles-based trio comprising Justin Boreta, Ed Ma, and Joshua Mayer continues their movement into 2011, gearing up to embark on a 35 date tour June 23rd in North Plains, Oregon at the Re:Generation Festival. There they will perform alongside acts such as Phantogram and Com Truise who join the tour on select dates. The tour ends with a triumphant return for the Mob at this summer’s Lollapalooza.
Other highlights include Sasquatch Festival, NYC’s Terminal 5 and Red Rocks.
This tour will be one of the group’s most involved tours ever, debuting some of their most innovative new music yet. It’s all a triumphant extension of the excitement that followed upon last year’s release of Drink The Sea, the Mob’s debut artist album, which rose to unexpected heights amidst already heightened expectations, with fans following as the band pushed into uncharted boundaries, yet still emerging victorious.
“After writing Drink The Sea, we spent a lot of time touring -” Boreta says. “While on the road, we were bursting with inspiration and ideas for the next phase in the evolution of our sound.” This summer finds them preparing to release some of their most groundbreaking new music with a double sided single due out on July 12th and commence on yet another tour that, in its multimedia production and sonic gambits, takes everything that the band has done onstage to new levels. This time around, they tapped stage designers Martin Phillips and John McGuire to help produce the display of lights and images. Phillips and McGuire are widely known for their work with Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails, and Kanye West and countless others. Boreta notes “We were so inspired from spending so much time on stage last year that this will be our first attempt to materialize everything we learned.”
The Glitch Mob also tweaked expectations in mixtape mode with the follow-up to their beloved 2009 Crush Mode. New Yorker critic Sasha Frere-Jones raved, “Grab the Crush Mode mixtape. It’s one of the first things to really get my blood going.” Last year saw the The Mob collaborating with clothing line Mishka to present Drink the Sea Part II featuring familiar acapella raps and vocals from top-of-the-chart musicians such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Drake, Dr. Dre, Young Jeezy, La Roux, M.I.A., and Daft Punk meshed well with the group’s already-impressive beats. “We explored a lot of new techniques musically and technically,” Boreta says of the post-Drink The Sea projects. “They also effectively served as a creative exercise in envisioning where the next album will go.”
After all this banner activity, The Glitch Mob is gearing up yet again, and this upcoming summer tour will prove to be the best of both worlds: finding communion with its strongest following while venturing into untapped zones to reach newer, fresher audiences. “We love performing,” Boreta notes.
America and beyond, prepare yourselves. You have been warned.