SOKO Announces 2015 North American Tour Dates
French multi-instrumentalist Soko has announced North American tour dates, starting March 28 with Burger Records' Burgerama at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA directly following her European tour.
Soko's second album My Dreams Dictate My Reality will be released on March 3rd, 2015. The album, produced by Ross Robinson (The Cure), will be released on Soko's own imprint, Babycat Records, through Because Music and features the hypnotic duet "Lovetrap" with friend and lo-fi wizard Ariel Pink.
Stereogum premiered My Dreams Dictate My Reality yesterday and Noisey premiered the video for "Temporary Mood Swings," directed by Soko and all filmed in VHS.
My Dreams Dictate My Reality brims with angst, shouts, and beautiful chaos. It is a requiem for past selves, inviting listeners to join Soko as she makes peace with her old demons. The tracks flow from her veins, and the experience is intoxicating to behold, and Soko's intensity expresses more of a need to revert than revolt.
Interview Magazine declares Soko a "volatile talent," while Nylon Magazine describes her new album as "a stripped-down tribute to old-school indie rock, with raw vocals, bruised guitar riffs, and chugging percussion." Buzzfeed agrees: "We can't get enough of Soko, and can't wait for My Dreams...expect many more people to declare 'I'm in love with Soko.'" Rookie magazine recently did a High 5 feature with her.
"Who Wears the Pants ??" the lead single from My Dreams Dictate My Reality is available. The song, originally inspired by a conversation between Soko and her friend about sexuality, is "her first ever protest song," she said. "I wrote it when I got fed up with all the crap I hear from homophobic demons."
Before Soko became a twenty-something punk, she was a self-assured adult at sixteen, courageously leaving her French village outside Bordeaux all on her own. She pursued an acting career and has appeared in more than a dozen French films including Augustine, which earned her César Award nomination and the Best Actress award at Mar Del Plata International Film Festival.
Her bold venture out into the world was the culmination of a childhood spent as an outsider and struggling to comprehend the losses she faced at an early age. Soko's upcoming album is as much a confrontation of that dark past, as a manifestation of a new reality.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
3/8 - Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
3/10 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Strand
3/11 - Aarhus, Denmark @ Atlas
3/12 - Berlin, Germany @ Bang Bang Club
3/13 - Vienna, Austria @ Flex
3/14 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Mascotte
3/15 - Lyon, France @ Club Transbo
3/17 - Lille, France @ Aeuroneuf Club
3/18 - Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
3/20 - Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
3/22 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet
3/23 - Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique Orangerie
3/25 - Manchester, UK @ Ruby Lounge
3/26 - London, UK @ St. John's Church Fulham
3/28 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory (Burgerama)
3/29 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
3/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg
3/31 - San Diego, CA @ The Loft, University of California - San Diego