Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH will return to North America this summer to celebrate their 25th year of musical deviance with festival appearances, Canadian dates, and clubs that will fill to capacity. Opening for them (on all but the two festival dates) will be North Carolina's BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME.
MESHUGGAH aims to play a very special 25th-anniversary set by performing selections from its entire discography and possibly include some rare songs that haven't been played live in many years. Fans have the opportunity to vote for the songs they want to hear via MESHUGGAH's lonline song poll. Voting ends April 2.
MESHUGGAH's "25 Years Of Deviance" tour dates:
June 06 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
June 07 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
June 09 - Ogden Theater - Denver, CO
June 11 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
June 13 - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN
June 14 - Pop's – Sauget, IL
June 15 - Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
June 17 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD
June 18 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
June 19 - Sound Academy - Toronto, ON, Canada
June 20 - Amnesia Rock Fest - Montebello, QC, Canada
June 21 - Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
In an interview with Australia's Loud magazine, guitarist Mårten Hagström was asked what the next step forward for MESHUGGAH is, creatively. "I have no idea, and I never do," he said. "And I think that's a good thing, 'cause people sometimes say that we're pretty unpredictable, but I don't really think we are, because we have a sound that's been with us since at least like the 'None' EP (from 1994), that's very us. [laughs] It doesn't really change all that much, but it's still a progression, and what I mean by taking a step forward is that we're still, we've been around now. We're veterans in this game [laughs], and we're still having fun with what we do, with experimenting with the music that we want to create. So as long as it feels like we're making it better, and as long as it feels like we're doing something that we can at least stand for and be proud of, that's all that we ask."
MESHUGGAH last year completed touring North America with ANIMALS AS LEADERS as direct support and INTRONAUT opening each evening.
A previously unreleased MESHUGGAH track, "Pitch Black", is available for free download as a two-track EP from Scion Audio/Visual, (a.k.a. Scion A/V), the in-house record label and lifestyle marketing division of the Scion marque produced by Toyota Motor Corporation for the North American market. In addition to the "Pitch Black" title cut, the EP includes a live recording of the "obZen" song "Dancers To A Discordant System".