Vancouver's atmospheric pop-rock quartet Welkin is currently gearing up to release their second full-length effort later this month. The 12-track album is being called "Strangers and Exiles", and will become available nationwide on March 29th through MapleMusic/Universal. To support the follow-up to 2002's "No Ordinary Elephant", the band will be heading out on their very first cross-Canada tour.
They'll start things off with a Vancouver gig on March 24th, to celebrate the release of "Strangers and Exiles" with a hometown crowd. From there Welkin will set out eastwards, stopping in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and heading all the way to Ontario to wrap up the jaunt on April 10th after two shows in Toronto. There's always a chance more shows will be announced, so go to www.welkinband.com for constant updates.
Those who wish to check out the extremely lovely cover-art for "Strangers and Exiles" can also wander over to Welkin's official web site. Once there, it's also possible to download four songs from the quartet's sophomore album, three of which were included on their 2004 EP. To read an interview with Welkin mastermind Geoff Birch, go to the "Features" section of Soul Shine.
Welkin's confirmed cross-Canada tour dates:
March 24 Vancouver, BC - The Media Club (CD Release Party)
March 26 Calgary, AB - The Night Gallery
March 28 Saskatoon, SK - The Roxy on Broadway
March 29 Edmonton, AB - The Sidetrack Caf»
March 31 Thunder Bay, ON - The Apollo
April 2 Sudbury, ON - The Townehouse Tavern
April 5 Hamilton, ON - Casbah
April 6 Kitchener, ON - The Circus Room
April 7 Toronto, ON - The El Mocambo
April 10 Toronto, ON - The Reverb
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt