News for Mass Gothic

NEWS : WED, JUN 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Watch Mass Gothic’s Official Video For “J.Z.O.K.” The New Single From ‘I’ve Tortured You Long Enough,’ Their Forthcoming Second Album

I’ve Tortured You Long Enough will be available worldwide August 31st through Sub Pop

Mass Gothic have shared the official video for “J.Z.O.K.,” a new single and standout from I’ve Tortured You Long Enough, the group’s forthcoming second album.

The “J.Z.O.K.” visual captures both the optimistic and romantic nature of the song and finds members Noel Heroux and Jessica Zambri cavorting through city streets in the wee hours of the night. The video was helmed by returning director Addison Post of Loroto Productions (who also helmed Mass Gothic’s “Every Night…” & “Nice Night” visuals).

Even when you’re married and you’re best friends and you’ve spent a lifetime collaborating with each other, it’s not often obvious what’s staring you right in the face. I’ve Tortured You Long Enough is the tongue-in-cheek title of Mass Gothic’s second album for this reason, among several others. Husband/Wife duo Heroux and Zambri have always dipped in and out of each other’s creative spaces, advising on their respective outputs and supporting one another. But never had they before completely committed to doing an entire album as a duo, sharing an equal load. The time had come. And thank goodness. They have dreamed up a record packed with the tension, chaos and beauty of a fluid and cathartic two-way conversation. In a universe increasingly threatening our abilities to work hard on communication and coexistence, their creative union isn’t just inspired but important. “Why did it take us so long?” laughs Heroux.
 
Live, Mass Gothic expands to a four-piece
with  multi-instrumentalistCristi Jo Zambri and drummer Joe Stickney, who also play on the album. ITYLE was co-produced by the band and Josh Ascalon, mixed by Chris Coady and mastered by Heba Kadry.  


 
I’ve Tortured You Long Enough features the aforementioned “J.Z.O.K.,” and the previously released lyric video for “Dark Window” [see here], and will be available on CD/LP/DL/CS worldwide August 31st through Sub Pop [buy here]. Preorders of the album through megamart.subpop.com, select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on marbled black and white vinyl (while supplies last)

I’ve Tortured You Long Enough 
Tracklisting

1. Dark Window
2. Call Me
3. J.Z.O.K.
4. Keep On Dying
5. How I Love You
6. I’ve Tortured You Long Enough
7. New Work
8. The Goad
9. Big Window


Mass Gothic Tour Dates

On Friday, August 10th, Mass Gothic will join labelmates The Afghan Whigs and Yuno to kick-off SPF30: Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary weekend with a show at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre.  Additional live dates will be announced soon.


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Even when you’re married and you’re best friends and you’ve spent a lifetime (18 years is a lifetime, right?) collaborating with each other, it’s not often obvious what’s staring you right in the face. I’ve Tortured You Long Enough is the tongue-in-cheek title of Mass Gothic’s second album for this reason, among several others. Husband/Wife duo Noel Heroux and Jessica Zambri have always dipped in and out of each other’s creative spaces, advising on their respective outputs and supporting one another. But never had they before completely committed to doing an entire album as a duo, sharing an equal load. The time had come. And thank goodness. They have dreamed up a record packed with the tension, chaos and beauty of a fluid and cathartic two-way conversation. In a universe increasingly threatening our abilities to work hard on communication and coexistence, their creative union isn’t just inspired but important. “Why did it take us so long?” laughs Heroux from their home in Queens, New York.
 
When Heroux put out 2016’s self-titled Mass Gothic record, he was necessarily doing so as a solo entity. Mass Gothic was born as a necessary project for his workings following the aftermath of Hooray For Earth’s end. Plagued by his own insecurities and anxieties, Heroux wasn’t yet ready to deal with putting his trust and confidence into another shared project. He wasn’t in a place to take on the burden of those responsibilities with another individual, especially not an individual so fundamental to his existence. So what changed? He can’t exactly pinpoint when the phrase I’ve Tortured You Long Enough came to him. It was before a single song of this record was written. But it became a mantra, almost a premonition. Says Heroux, “It just popped into my head,” explains Heroux. “You can say it to a loved one, or to a friend. Or you could wish someone say it to you. It covers so many bases but it’s taken on extra meaning in the past couple of years while everybody is at each other’s throats; frustrated and confused all the time.”
 
The most important application of the phrase, however, was upon Heroux himself. He had tortured his own psyche long enough, and was particularly in need of forcing himself out of his comfort zone and letting go of that prior stubbornness. “I’ve struggled greatly with telling myself that I can’t do things, or that things aren’t good enough.” he says. Then in the Fall of 2016 circumstances led him to face his biggest fears head on, because he physically had no other choice. “We rented a small tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere in upstate New York. We put ourselves away and worked on music all day, wondering what it would feel and sound like,” explains Zambri.
 
It began with Zambri penning the first iterations of ‘Keep On Dying’, a synth-laden call-to-arms that recalls the frantic energy of Animal Collective and the celestial torch-bearing of Bat For Lashes. Zambri had the melody and lyrics, and Noel arranged the chords to finish the song. Then things started snowballing. While the writing may have begun in New York, it relocated to LA while their lives became totally in flux. They threw caution to the wind last January and got rid of their Brooklyn apartment. Not only that, they also purged all their belongings, except the bare bones for making an album: instruments and recording equipment.
 
They bought a car and lived out of a duffle bag of clothes for an entire year. They drove to LA, lived with their co-producer Josh Ascalon, and wrote and wrote and wrote. “The entire record from start to finish was done without having our own place to live,” marvels Heroux now. “Maybe we wouldn’t have been able to do it if we were anchored at home. We were forced into it. Jess was trying to open me up and if we could have just sat on a couch and thrown on the TV it probably wouldn’t have worked.”
 
The partnership has distinctly evolved the project’s sound. “Mass Gothic” was a far more diverse debut, and as the most successful debuts do it was just Heroux by himself, throwing a hundred different ideas at the wall. He describes it now as “the hellish sounds” of his own brain. Its follow-up therefore is a far more intentional meeting-of-minds. Their openness to work with one another had to come without rules as neither of them could afford to hold back.
 
Last Spring, for instance, when they thought they’d done all the work and had a fully mixed album, they realized separately that it had way more potential. While they were preparing to go on tour with Zambri’s sister, Cristi Jo, and her sister’s boyfriend Joseph Stickney, Heroux woke up one morning, turned to Zambri and said: “Oh god, we have to fucking re-record the whole album.” The rehearsals were the equivalent of pre-records, and they knew the tracks could accomplish so much more. Although he was afraid to say it out loud, they both agreed it was what was required.
 
The final ten days took place in the studio in Brooklyn where they laid it down from start to finish with Rick Kwan (Chris Coady mixed the record and Heba Kadry mastered it). “It was too pristine before,” says Zambri. “We wanted it to be perfect but it wasn’t breathing. Even if there would be tension, we wanted it to flow like water.” On that front they’ve achieved a remarkable arc. Bookended by the tracks ‘Dark Window’ and ‘Big Window’, it begins from a place of uncertainty, overwhelming disquiet and self-doubt, and it works towards a feeling greater than the individual. Via an optimistic number of romantic love songs (‘Call Me’, ‘J.Z.O.K.’, ‘How I Love You’) the record basks in the acceptance of co-dependence. Even though the works are intensive, there’s an element of ease to their overall message. The chords and beats may feel squeezed and claustrophobic at times, but expansive guitar tones and electronics allow the listener to deep dive into a chasm of potential.
 
“Overall it’s a conversation between the two of us,” explains Zambri. It isn’t autobiographical to the point of alienating its listener though.  It’s important that the songs provoke. It’s a record that concludes with the comfort in knowing that you can be both independent and successful in a relationship, which speaks quite literally of the pairs’ experience giving in to this process with one another.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, MAY 1, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Mass Gothic Debuts New Single “Dark Window” - Currently On Tour in North America Supporting Modest Mouse

Mass Gothic have shared their new single, “Dark Window,” the first of more to come (!) this summer on Sub Pop. The accompanying lyric video (as seen above here) was directed by the band and filmmaker Nira Burstein.


 
“Dark Window” finds Mass Gothic complete as a duo, with band members Noel Heroux and Jessica Zambri sharing songwriting and vocal duties. The track also marks the band’s first new recorded material since the release of their self-titled debut and Sup Goth EP, both released on Sub Pop in 2016. Co-produced by the band and Josh Ascalon, mixed by Chris Coady, mastered by Heba Kadry, “Dark Window” is available now worldwide from Sub Pop.


 
Mass Gothic’s Jessica Zambri had this to say, “It was late at night, I started dancing around the studio singing the melody with “la la la’s” and Noel began throwing the chords together on guitar. It happened pretty quickly. There was wine, dancing, then a song.”


[Photo credit: Shawn Brackbill]

Mass Gothic Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Mass Gothic’s previously announced US tour dates are underway supporting Modest Mouse. The tour is in Cleveland tonight at the Agora Theatre and wraps up May 11th in Kansas City at the Starlight Amphitheatre. Mass Gothic is direct support on all of the dates.

May 01 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
May 02 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
May 03 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
May 05 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
May 06 - Mankato, MN - Verizon Wireless Center
May 08 - Cedar Rapids, IA - McGrath Amphitheatre
May 09 - Omaha, NE - Ralston Arena
May 10 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theatre
May 11 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Amphitheatre


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, MAR 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Mass Gothic Announce Spring US Tour Supporting Modest Mouse - April 18th through May 11th

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[Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill]

Their Self-titled debut and Sup Goth EP are available now worldwide from Sub Pop

Mass Gothic has just announced new US tour dates, supporting Modest Mouse’s spring tour for 2018. The dates begin April 18th in Birmingham at Sloss Furnace and wrap up May 11th in Kansas City at the Starlight Amphitheatre. Mass Gothic will be direct support on all of the dates. The group will release an album later this year, and will play new material on these dates. (see below for dates.)


Mass Gothic released their self-titled debut and the Sup Goth digital EP, both released in 2016.  The band’s debut, which was released February 4th, 2016, features the exuberant single “Every Night You’ve Got To Save Me” [see here] and the stark “Nice Night” [see here] and was produced by the group, mixed Chris Coady (Beach House, TV on the Radio) and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York. Hear the album in full right over here.


The Sup Goth EP, featuringthe single, “A Run,” was released August 5th, 2016. Where the group’s self-titled debut chronicled the depths of depression, Sup Goth is the resulting catharsis.  The EP is also a collaborative affair between Noel Heroux and partner / bandmate Jessica Zambri, as it is the first Mass Gothic recording the pair completed together. Hear the EP in full right over here.

Mass Gothic Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Apr. 18 - Birmingham, AL - Sloss Furnace
Apr. 20 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Apr. 21 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Apr. 23 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Apr. 24 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Apr. 26 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Apr. 27 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
Apr. 28 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
Apr. 30 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
May 1 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
May 2 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
May 3 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
May 5 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
May 6 - Mankato, MN - Verizon Wireless Center
May 8 - Cedar Rapids, IA - McGrath Amphitheatre
May 9 - Omaha, NE - Ralston Arena
May 10 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theatre
May 11 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Amphitheatre


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, NOV 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Mass Gothic + Kyle Craft x East Coast Tour = Sup Goth Doc

Sub Pop label mates (and BFFs for life) Mass Gothic and Kyle Craft toured the East Coast this past August, and the whole wild ride was documented by Co-Directors Addison Post and P. Nick Curran of Loroto Productions (who also directed Mass Gothic visuals for “Nice Night” and “Every Night You’ve Got To Save Me”). Watch the entire documentary now, right over here.

Both bands have been playing their music on the road this year; Mass Gothic in support of their self-titled debut, and Kyle Craft in support of his Sub Pop debut, ”Dolls of Highland.” 

Speaking of raucous good times… The time is now for you not to miss seeing Kyle Craft and his band play live; they’re currently on tour with Drive By Truckers through the end of November.


[Kyle Craft - Photo by Andrew Toups]


[Mass Gothic - Photo by Shawn Brackbill]



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, AUG 5, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Mass Gothic’s ‘Sup Goth’ Digital EP Is Out Today + They’ve Got Extended Tour Dates

Mass Gothic’s brand new 5-song Sup Goth digital EP is available today, and was recorded in New York this past spring, shortly after the release of their superb Sub Pop debut, Mass Gothic

Where the group’s self-titled debut chronicled the depths of depression, Sup Goth is the resulting catharsis.  The EP is a collaboration between Noel Heroux and partner / bandmate Jessica Zambri, and marks the first Mass Gothic recording the pair have completed together [Listen to the full EP here].


[Photo Credit : Shawn Brackbill]


Mass Gothic have extended their 2016 tour schedule supporting Sup Goth and their self-titled LP.  The dates begin August 10th in Allston, MA at Great Scott and now end September 24th in Brooklyn, NY at Baby’s All Right. Along the way, Mass Gothic will support label mates Kyle Craft (August 10-13) and Morgan Delt (September 14th-24th). (Dates below.)

Mass Gothic also recently delivered a stark visual for the song “Nice Night,” (see here) from their self-titled debut, directed by returning director Addison Post (“Every Night You’ve Got To Save Me”).


Mass Gothic is currently available on CD / LP / DL / CASS everywhere fine records are sold, and right over here.
 


Tour Dates + Ticket Links
Aug. 10 - Allston, MA - Great Scott*
Aug. 11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge*
Aug. 12 - Washington, DC - DC9*
Aug. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle*
Sep. 14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle**
Sep. 15 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory**
Sep. 16 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar Room **
Sep. 17 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz **
Sep. 20 - Washington, DC - DC9**
Sep. 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle**
Sep. 23 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East **
Sep. 24 - Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY **
* w/ Kyle Craft
** w/ Morgan Delt


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, JUL 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Mass Gothic Share New Track “A Run” From ‘Sup Goth’ Digital EP (out 8/5) + Tour w/Kyle Craft

Mass Gothic will release their Sup Goth digital EP on August 5th worldwide through Sub Pop Records (that’s US!). The 5-song effort was recorded in New York this past spring, shortly after the release of Mass Gothic. Where the group’s self-titled debut chronicled the depths of depression, Sup Goth is the resulting catharsis.  The EP is also a collaborative affair between Noel Heroux and partner / bandmate Jessica Zambri, as it is the first Mass Gothic recording the pair have completed together.
 
Says Heroux, “I followed my previously usually-ignored instinct to allow the noise and color in my head to inform a specific, intentional sound as opposed to ‘throwing it all at the wall’ as I’ve done a thousand times before. It’s lyrically loose and conversational, informed by sonic landscape and stream of conscience. Jess approached her vocals similarly, although we hadn’t talked about it prior. We ended up with all these semi-hidden communications between us in the songs.”
 
Brooklyn Magazine says of “A Run“: “It’s expansive and positive and shimmering and anthemic, coming from a brave place populated by two people for whom love really does conquer all (see feature July 25th).”
 
Mass Gothic have also scheduled a short east coast tour in support of the EP and it’s self-titled debut, with label mate Kyle Craft. The trek begins August 9th in Montreal at La Vitrola and ends August 13th in Philadelphia at Boot & Saddle. There will be additional live dates announce soon, but for now… see below. 

[Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill]

ICYMI, watch Mass Gothic’s recently released, stark visual for the song “Nice Night,” from their self-titled debut, directed by returning Mass Gothic visuals director Addison Post (“Every Night You’ve Got To Save Me”).


Tour Dates
Aug. 09 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrola*
Aug. 10 - Allston, MA - Great Scott*
Aug. 11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge*
Aug. 12 - Washington, DC - DC9*
Aug. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle*
* w/ Kyle Craft

Go here for up-to-date ticket links.


Posted by Rachel White