Posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Taylor

We Are The City Release "Violent"

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Vancouver, BC trio We Are The City released their already acclaimed at home sophomore album "Violent" today in the U.S. via Tooth & Nail and have offered up a video for each track on the record for viewing on YouTube via the links below.The trio of high-school friends Cayne McKenzie (vocals/keyboards), Andrew Huculiak (drums), and David Menzel (guitar) are onto the next phase of Violent, after a tremendous 2014.

1. Bottom of the Lake
2. Legs Give Out
3. King David
4. Passing of the Peace
5. Friends Hurt
6. I Am, Are You?
7. 20 Ft. Up
8. Everything Changes
9. Baptism
10. Punch My Face

The album Violent is also the score to the film of the same name, written by We Are the City and filmed by Vancouver's Amazing Factory Productions in Norway. With a script penned entirely in Norwegian despite the fact that the band members didn't speak the language, this subtitled film is a companion piece to the record, utilizing melodic motifs from the songs, while the story shares themes with the lyrics.

After wrapping the filming of "Violent", in Norway, earlier in the year, We Are The City went on to tour in Europe with Aidan Knight, showcased at SXSW, Reeperbahn Festival and the Toronto Independent Film Festival, performed at Squamish Festival as well as various shows throughout Canada and the U.S. Upon returning to British Columbia in late September they premiered "Violent" as part of the Vancouver International Film Fest, where they ended up taking home "Best BC Film" and "Best Canadian Film". The film was selected as one of Canada's "Top 10 Films" by the Toronto International Film Festival, and won the Signis Award at the Amiens International Film Festival in France. Most recently, it received "Best First Film" by a Canadian Director and "Best BC Film" from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.

Violent is an album of soaring highs and hushed comedowns, with dense syncopations going toe-to-toe with noise-soaked crescendos and delicate pop melodies. Produced by Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, The Zolas, Hey Ocean) at his Monarch Studios; "King David" moves from aggressive distortion to gentle acoustic plucking to swirling ambience, while "Bottom of the Lake" places marimba tinkles atop a gritty guitar backdrop, and the cerebral "Baptism" builds towards the album's most thunderous climax. We Are the City's restless sense of artistry has led the musicians through years of self-discovery as they have continued to strive for the next creative peak. There's no question that the journey has been worthwhile.

We Are The City head to Europe in June, with a U.S. tour in the works for this summer.

Tour Dates:
05/14 - Nanaimo, BC @ Port Theatre
06/03 - Nuremberg, DE @ MUZclub
06/04 - Munich, DE @ Milla
06/05 - Aflez, AT @ Subline
06/06 - Kleinfeifling, AT @ Seewiesen Festival
06/08 - Leipzig, DE @ NaTo
06/09 - Rostock, DE @ Peter Weiss Haus
06/10 - Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
06/11 - Jena, DE @ Café Wagner
06/12 - Brussels, BE @ Botanique
06/13 - Aachen, DE @ Musikbunker

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