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Sydney’s WE LOST THE SEA have announced their first ever European tour for May and June 2017, in support of their third full-length album ‘Departure Songs.’
The six-piece instrumental post-rock group will perform the album in full at Belgium’s prestigious Dunk Festival, as well as co-headlining a series of club dates around Europe with Bird’s Robe labelmates Meniscus.
The news follows on from the band’s sold out ‘The Last Dive tour’ this year, packing rooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. It also continues a momentous 2015-6, which saw the act tour with Finnish classical-metal maestros Apocalyptica, American giants This Will Destroy You, Japan’s MONO and headline their own sold out club shows nationally.
If you’re not yet familiar with Departure Song, it is an elevated and emotionally charged record, released in 2015 and written during a time of rare and uneasy rest, devoid of the constant adrenaline of performing live and the heartbreaking loss of Chris Torpy. It offered a new space for We Lost The Sea to reflect on all their previous experiences and cradle them, deciding not to replace their fallen brother, however to continue on in his name. Inspired by failed, yet epic journeys and events, Departure Songs is the band’s first wholly instrumental release – their most experimental and emotional, by far.
However, to say it’s been an emotional journey is an understatement. The group’s sense of rediscovery as a creative whole is tangible throughout their album and live performances. It’s a journey that has taught us all, that you don’t have to be afraid of the past to move bravely into the future.
“The sextet have an incredible knack for creating a cinematic effect with their compositions, and as the heart-wrenching ‘A Gallant Gentleman’ illustrates, they can tell a story without words quite brilliantly. – Pop Matters
“This is a band that knows the art of subtlety; and band that, even in the most raucous moments of their music, remain cautious and attentive to the sounds they’re respectively creating.” – TheMusic