The 4onthefloor's new album, Spirit Of Minneapolis, evokes the spirit of American rebellion. That same pioneering spirit that brought us everything from modern aviation to rock & roll. Harnessing that spirit, the band is using it to break down modern music's barriers down to our basic musical traditions. That ageless sound of rock & roll isn't what it used to be, but the rumble of stomping feet emanating from Minneapolis is an omen of great things on the horizon.
The 4/4 beating of the bass drums recalls the American ideal of onward and upward, turning our prevailing spirits to the sky after a reaching the end of the land. The 4-barreled onslaught can be a train building up steam right behind you, the king of the jungle chasing you down, or your wheels on the highway. It's the soundtrack of America moving forward.
Delta blues, classic rock, and a lifetime of attentive listening have produced a sound whose time has come. The energetic and powerful delivery of this band cannot be overstated. Their huge, soulful anthems leave nothing on the floor as Gabriel Douglas' guttural howl soars through the ether.
There's a readiness to be found in listeners now. The fervor of discovery and innovation is coming back to the American masses and the excitement surrounding the birth of rock & roll is now roaring out of the doldrums with a fury. Let go. Take flight. Indulge in life's pleasures and stomp with them.
05.30 - Living Social - Washington, DC
05.31 - Wonder Bar - Asbury Park, NJ
06.01 - The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
06.02 - Club Metronome - Burlington, VT
06.04 - Cafe Nine - New Haven, CT
06.05 - T.T. The Bears - Cambridge, MA
06.06 - Mountain Jam Festival - Hunter, NY
06.07 - Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
06.08 - Woodlands Tavern - Columbus, OH
06.09 - Second Sunday - Cincinnati, OH
06.20 - Second Street Stage - Park Rapids, MN
06.21 - Grandma's Marathon - Duluth, MN
06.27 - Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI
06.28 - Black Cat Bar And Grill - Thief River Falls, MN
07.19 - Ed's No Name Bar - Winona, WI
07.20 - KAXE Amphitheater - Grand Rapids, MN
07.27 - Taste Of Lincoln - Chicago, IL
08.03 - 08.06 - Buffalo Chip Campground - Sturgis, SD
08.11 - Somerset Amphitheater - Somerset, WI
08.25 - House of Rock - Fargo, ND*
08.27 - The Railyard - Billings, MT*
08.28 - Top Hat - Missoula, MT*
08.29 - The Slice Bar & Grill - Lethbridge, AB*
08.30 - The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB*
08.31 - The Republik - Calgary, AB*
09.02 - Electric Owl - Vancouver, BC*
09.03 - The Crocodile - Seattle, WA*
09.06 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA*
09.07 - Casbah - San Diego, CA*
09.09 - The Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ*
09.10 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM*
09.13 - Crunchy Frog - Green Bay, WI
09.14 - House Of Rock - Eau Claire - WI
10.26 - The Shitty Barn - Spring Green, WI
*with Murder By Death
'Spirit Of Minneapolis' LP Tracklisting
01 King of the Jungle
03 Stand Off
05 Some Days
06 Engine No. 4
07 Hard Rain
08 Fear, Hope, Green, or Me
10 Off the Cuff
11 Toast to the Land of 10,000
12 Engine No. 4 Reprise
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