IRATA will kick off an eight-day run of live dates later this month. Set to commence in Indianapolis, Indiana March 13th and conclude in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 21st, IRATA‘s 2020 March Madness Tour includes two performances at this year’s edition of South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. See all confirmed dates below.
3/13/2020 State St. Pub – Indianapolis, IN
3/14/2020 Westside Bowl – Youngstown, OH
3/15/2020 Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH
3/16/2020 Highlands Tap Room – Louisville, KY
3/17/2020 Growlers – Memphis, TN
3/19/2020 Stoner Jam 20 @ The Far Out Lounge – Austin, TX
3/20/2020 The SpiderHouse Ballroom – Austin, TX
3/21/2020 Boom Boom Room – Lafayette, LA
IRATA continues to tour in support of its critically adored Tower full-length, released last year via Small Stone. Since its 2007 genesis at the hands of founding members drummer Jason Ward and bassist Jon Case, IRATA has mutated restlessly, moving from its initial morphine-infused heavy fusion through math-y metal and finally to the soaring, technical heavy rock of its current approach. Over those dozen years, IRATA has made its presence known in metal and hard rock circles throughout the Southeast and beyond. With Tower, the band applies impressive musicianship and complex textures to increasingly approachable tunes that teeter between hard rock and prog-metal. It’s like the sports car version of Don Caballero. Fans of Jane’s Addiction, Mastodon, Kylesa, Helms Alee, Sandrider, All Them Witches, and King Buffalo, pay heed.
Tower is out now on CD, digital, and limited-edition vinyl formats. For orders, go to THIS LOCATION where the record can be streamed in its entirety.
View the band’s previously-released video for Tower‘s title track below.
“The album, continues to display the quartet’s dizzying waft of scuzz while maintaining musical elements that also appeal to the great washed masses who grew up listening to math rock, pre-grunge indie rock and Black Sabbath.” – PopMatters
“This Greensboro, North Carolina crew certainly knows how to ride a fuzztone riff to and beyond its obvious conclusions to build a mood. The band has experimented with a number of styles before settling on its present one, which is something like Mastodon-meets-early Fu Manchu. It’s heavy, driving and full of interesting math rock flourishes and sounds really good super loud.” – Vancouver Sun
“From the opening riffs, so reminiscent of Torche and their saccharine approach to fuzz, to the big choruses, this track oozes cool and groove.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“Tower is, quite simply, an astounding album, drawing on a wide range of prog and metal influences to deliver an intelligent, exciting album that repays repeat listens thanks to the deftly textured arrangements. By turns crushingly heavy and ethereal, Tower is a remarkable album and comes very highly recommended indeed.” – Sonic Abuse
“…a thrilling, complex and brilliant album from start to finish.” – Outlaws Of The Sun
“IRATA…show their penchant for bringing together intricate prog with crushing stoner riffing…Much more than just your normal stoner rock/metal album, Tower contains plenty of musical elements that cross a few different genres, and judging by this release, IRATA are going to be a band that I’d advise you to keep a close eye on for the foreseeable future.” – Sea Of Tranquility
“IRATA have climbed to spectacularly dizzying heights with Tower.” – Cosmic Rock
“IRATA creates powerful, sludge-tinged anthems. Early year end list contender.” – Inhale The Heavy
“…a refreshing album and could be our favorite of the three. There is a more patient feel as IRATA lets the music breathe. It’s not pure stoner or full on progressive metal; it carries a nice balance and Small Stone has yet another solid release within their massive library.” — Rotation 11
“…a prowling beast of a record, bristling with vigor yet remaining elusive with its capricious dynamics. IRATA have crafted a progressive heavy rocker that doesn’t overburden itself with complexity but surprises with its intensifying disposition.” – Crypt Guard
“…a fantastic record, one that is open, accessible and brings light, evolves and celebrates all that is good within the sound.” – Ninehertz