In what is shaping up to be one of the more dynamic North American tours of the summer, Skinny Puppy has handpicked Tweaker for its first tour in almost a decade.
Both artists are on the road supporting new albums. Tweaker just released 2 a.m. Wakeup Call (Waxploitation / iMUSIC), the highly anticipated follow-up to The Attraction To All Things Uncertain. On May 24th, Skinny Puppy will release The Greater Wrong of the Right, their first studio album since 1996.
Tweaker is the alter-ego project of Chris Vrenna, a Grammy award-winning artist and founding member of Nine Inch Nails and record producer/remixer/collaborator for a ‘who’s who’ of artists including U2, Weezer, David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson amongst many others.
The tour begins June 11th in Portland, Oregon and will be a full circle of sorts for Tweaker. "Our first tour ever as NIN was opening for Skinny Puppy on their Vivisect Six tour,” says Chris Vrenna. “Seeing that this will be Tweaker's first tour as well, it's a huge honor that Skinny Puppy has asked us to be its opener.”
2 a.m wakeup call was produced and composed by Vrenna and collaborator Clint Walsh and features guests including Robert Smith (The Cure), David Sylvian, Will Oldham, Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields), Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Mellowdrone and Johnny Marr (The Smiths). The album has already received critical acclaim from a diverse group of publications including:
Entertainment Weekly --“Call it Eternal Darkness of the Spotted Mind.”
Rolling Stone.com -- “Tweaker's disquieting lullabies are uneasy listening at its finest.”
Alternative Press -- “…Emotionally resonant performances."
Wall Street Journal -- “A poignant, menacing piece of modern experimentation.”
Tweaker’s debut tour will feature Vrenna on drums and loops, Walsh on guitar and keyboards, Kevin Kipnis (Purr Machine) on treble bass and sound designer William Faith (Faith and the Muse) on standard bass. "I'm excited to finally get to play these songs live," says Walsh. "We worked long and hard on this record - and it's a record we're really proud of - so we can't wait to take it to the stage."
Tour dates are as follows:
6/11/04 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
6/12/04 Showbox Seattle, WA
6/15/04 Vic Theater Chicago, IL
6/16/04 Vic Theater Chicago, IL
6/19/04 Avalon Ballroom Boston, MA
6/20/04 Irving Plaza New York, NY
6/21/04 Irving Plaza New York, NY
6/22/04 9:30 Club Washington, DC
6/23/04 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
6/25/04 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
6/26/04 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
6/27/04 Verizon Theatre Houston, TX
6/29/04 Odgen Theatre Denver, CO
7/01/04 Grand Ballroom San Francisco, CA
7/02/04 Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
7/03/04 Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
More dates will be announced.