Hip Hop Band Flobots New Album NOENEMIES Out Now

Today, alternative hip-hop band Flobots' release of their highly anticipated fourth album, NOENEMIES. Available now on all digital service providers, NOENEMIES can be purchased on CD and vinyl at www.flobots.com.

In celebration of the release of NOENEMIES Flobots' have unveiled a run of tour dates across the Midwest this June, as well as the exciting news of an encore weekend of their DIVISIONS collaboration with Denver's Wonderbound dance company, June 17-18 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. The June tour kicks off on June 1st in Pueblo, CO and continues on to hit ten cities throughout the Midwest, wrapping in Colorado Springs, CO on June 10th. The complete list of announced dates is available below and tickets are available to purchase at www.flobots.com

Last month, Flobots and Denver's Wonderbound dance company debuted their unique live performance collaboration, DIVISIONS, to audiences along Colorado's Front Range. Set to Flobots performing live renditions of songs from NOENEMIES, DIVISIONS delivered an intimate first encounter with Flobots' brand new music, and an immersive exploration of the power of collective movement. DIVISIONS opened to sold-out crowds and rave reviews. The DU Clarion describes the show as an "unique, inspiring and joyful experience," while 5280 Magazine states, "The immersive show pulses with energy and emotion. The rhythm of the Flobots' new, original music, performed live by Jamie "Jonny 5" Laurie and Stephen "Brer Rabbit" Brackett, pounds through the dancers as they jump and spin across the stage with extraordinary power. Backed by six Flobots band members and three Spirit of Grace singers, Divisions is gritty, honest, and truly unforgettable" The encore performances of DIVISIONS run June 17-18, 2017 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities (6901 Wadsworth Boulevard in Arvada, CO). To find complete details and purchase tickets visit wonderbound.com.

NOENEMIES is, without question, Flobots' most ambitious and sophisticated statement to date - both lyrically and musically. Funded entirely by a Kickstarter campaign that garnered $31,000 over its goal, the music on NOENEMIES is undeniably Flobots music, but it's also assuredly music made by artists who have matured and expanded their horizons.

Influenced by stories shared by Flobots' friend and longtime mentor and Southern Freedom Movement historian and professor - the late Dr. Vincent Harding, and inspired by the band's recent grassroots community work hosting workshops, classes and keynote speeches about using collective song to build social movements, NOENEMIES is a body of songs that speak to the urgency of the current moment.

Each of the tracks on NOENEMIES serves as a powerful, poignant new anthem, many packed with surprises both subtle and grand. Taken as a whole, the album is enormous in breadth, enveloping and electrically charged, befitting of the finely crafted, carefully chosen words. NOENEMIES virtually begs the listener to delve and to contemplate, to share and revel.

For the recording of NOENEMIES, Flobots' core trio - emcee's Brer Rabbit (Stephen Brackett) and Jonny 5 (Jamie Laurie) and drummer Kenny Ortiz - enlisted the help of trusted musical friends to bring their vision of the album into reality. Musician/Producer Gabriel Otto worked intimately with the band to craft a distinct sonic landscape, recruiting a string section, horn players, and a gospel quintet to layer recurring motifs over the band's signature grooves. They teamed up with founding Flobot Mackenzie Gault (viola) and longtime musical collaborator Serafin Sanchez (saxophone, keys) to co-write a number of songs. The band incorporated voices, melodies, and words from throughout their collaborations - both on and off stage - into the songs on NOENEMIES.

From the beginning, Flobots' sound defied categorization. Weaving conscious hip-hop lyrics and classical viola solos over live instrumentation, their anthems captured attention from all directions. When Flobots first catapulted onto the global scene in 2008 with their platinum single 'Handlebars' from their first album release Fight With Tools, it was the fastest charting song debut by a new artist in 10 years. Released during the frenzy of that year's election, the band's call to envision "another America" resonated with a generation experiencing a sense of profound political and social awakening. In a span of months, Flobots went from playing at local clubs to selling out tours internationally, performing on late-night television, signing a major label record deal, and receiving constant rotation on alternative radio.

Now, a decade later and with three critically acclaimed albums under their belt, Flobots are still dedicated to creating and performing anthems for a better world. And in 2017, amidst a nation taking to the streets, for Flobots that means delivering a unique brand of protest songs. Enter NOENEMIES - bringing the songs back to the people.

FLOBOTS ON TOUR:

6/1/17 Songbird Cellars Winery Pueblo, CO
6/2/17 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM
6/3/17 Leftwoods Amarillo, TX
6/4/17 89th Street Collective Oklahoma City, OK
6/6/17 Sundown at Granada Dallas, TX
6/7/17 George's Majestic Fayetteville, AR
6/8/17 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
6/9/17 Wichita Riverfest Wichita, KS
6/9/17 Barleycorn's - Riverfest After Party Wichita, KS
6/10/17 The Blacksheep Colorado Springs, CO
6/17-18/17 Arvada Center Arvada, CO

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