In an effort to unite instead of isolate, The Alliance of Sound plans on bringing the different flavors of electronic music together for an unforgettable tour. For perhaps the first time in the history of electronic music, two of the biggest and most disparate names in electronic-based music – SKINNY PUPPY and VNV NATION, are banding together for a 17-date tour of North America, with support from HAUJOBB and YOUTH CODE. Kicking off at the end of November at Toronto’s Sound Academy, the tour will circle the continent, and wrap up at Pomona, CA’s Fox Theater in December. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, July 25, 2014.
Vancouver’s Skinny Puppy have been major voices in issues that plague society, from vivisection to pollution to drugs to even the advent of AIDS. When news of the U.S. government’s usage of their music at Guantanamo Bay hit the news in the last year, media surrounding the band’s political and cultural impact resurfaced in NPR, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and hundreds of other outlets, reinforcing the band’s place in musical history. Their most recent album, Weapon, stands as an abstract commentary on that which it is named; reflecting that everyday and seemingly safe, inert technologies are actually killing us, thus becoming weapons.
With their unique and formidable ability to combine very melodic, danceable electronics with haunting and powerful lyrics, Irish/English duo VNV Nation have built a massive fanbase, playing to hundreds of thousands of fans at both their own sold-out shows and major rock festivals worldwide. Their massive hits “Chrome”, “Beloved” and “Illusion” are club staples that still pack dancefloors. Their latest two albums, Automatic and Transnational have thrust Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson to a wider audience seeking substance and meaning over mainstream superficiality and artifice with Top Ten albums for both in European charts .
More ambient and textural, Germany’s Haujobb have explored the electronic musical spectrum from electro-industrial to IDM (“Intelligent Dance Music”) to techno and created a soundscape all their own. Hailing from Los Angeles, hardcore-based Youth Code are a raw, punishing and hardcore-based electronic duo of Ryan William George and Sara Taylor who blends WaxTrax-styled chaos with catchy dance undertones.
THE ALLIANCE OF SOUND TOUR
Nov. 28 – The Sound Academy (Toronto, ON)
Nov 29 – Metropolis (Montreal, QC)
Nov. 30 – House of Blues (Boston, MA)
Dec. 2 – Best Buy Theater (NYC)
Dec. 3 – Trocadero Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)
Dec. 5 – Jannus Landing (Tampa, FL)
Dec. 6 – Buckhead Theatre (Atlanta, GA)
Dec. 8 – The Pageant (St. Louis, MO)
Dec. 9 – The Vic Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Dec. 10 – Mill City Nights (Minneapolis, MN)
Dec. 12 – Ogden Theatre (Denver, CO)
Dec. 13 – The Complex (SLC)
Dec. 15 – Showbox SODO (Seattle, WA)
Dec. 16 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Dec. 17 – Roseland Theater (Portland, OR)
Dec. 19 – Regency Ballroom (San Francisco, CA)
Dec. 20 – The Fox Theater (Pomona, CA)