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Comrades announce new album ‘Safekeeper’

Comrades announce new album ‘Safekeeper’
Salad Days

Comrades could just as easily be called adventurers as opposed to a band.

Since forming in 2009, the trio – with married couple Joe and Laura McElroy at their core – have traversed North America countless times, exploring many off the beaten path locales and playing their unique brand of mostly instrumental music for anyone willing to listen. In 2013 alone, COMRADES played an impressive 112 shows, mostly in DIY venues from one end of America to the other. Throughout all their travels, building relationships with those they encounter has been at the forefront, resulting in a large network of friends they hold dear.


Photo Credit: Callie Gajdica

With their latest musical creation, the band’s first proper full length ‘Safekeeper’, COMRADES revisit their trademark sound while breathing new life into their songwriting. The intricate and highly articulate guitar work that has previously served as their “voice” of sorts is now supplemented in greater part by Laura’s pristine vocals, as well as more aggressive vocal contributions by drummer Ben Trussell. The resulting sound serves as testimony to their merging of various influences, experiences, and ideals into one cohesive opus. ‘Safekeeper’ will be released on May 6th, 2014 via Blood & Ink Records.

04/11 Johnstown, PA @ Crucified Skate Park
04/12 New Philadelphia, OH @ Park Place
04/13 Akron, OH @ Annabells
04/14 Muskegon, MI @ Temple House
04/15 Chesterton, IN @ The Sound Cellar
04/16 La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse
04/17 Minneapolis, MN @ House show
04/18 Iowa City, IA @ Black Magic Rectory
04/20 Rapid City, SD @ The Llama Pen
04/21 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
04/22 Denver, CO @ The Rock House
04/23 Laramie, WY @ Babe House
04/24 Boise, ID @ The Shredder
04/25 Coeur d’Alene, ID @ The Hanging Duck
04/26 Everett, WA @ The Cut
04/28 Centralia, WA @ Quesadilla Factory
05/02 Fresno, CA @ Kuppajoe
05/07 Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks
05/10 Van Buren, AR @ Swad Shop
05/12 Tate, GA @ The Box
05/13 Greensboro, NC @ York Pizza
05/14 Richmond, VA @ The Spider Fortress
05/31 Panama City Beach, FL @ A&M Theatre (Panama City Summerfest)
06/05 Louisville, KY @ Ichthus Fest
06/07 Columbus, GA @ Summer Side Show
06/28 New Castle, VA @ Untitled Music Fest
07/03 – 07/06 Champaign, IL @ Audiofeed Fest

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