[Cover photo credit to David Astorga]

Vancouver, BC-based band Rare Americans have announced new album You’re Not A Bad Person, It’s Just a Bad World, due out July 21st, 2022 on EMPIRE. They’ve also shared the EP’s lead single “Love Is All I Bring” along with a post apocalyptic animated music video for the song. They have big tour plans, including embarking soon on a UK and European tour, and hitting the States this Fall for a large run.

Rare American’s James Priestner talks about the new single:

I live in Vancouver, and there is always rumblings of a catastrophic storm that is supposed to hit the west coast of Canada within the next 50 years. I live right near the water and have always wondered, what would it be like to live through such a storm? With that in mind, I just decided to try and write a song about from my perspective. The destruction, the helplessness, the willingness to doing anything to help others survive. It’s a scary thought, but a very real one, and that’s where this song came from. 

Rare Americans are known for their use of visual media to tell the stories behind their songs, resulting in the creation of an animated universe. Recently, Rare Americans announced an investment in this approach, launching Crooked City Studios in partnership with the award-winning Toronto based independent animation studio Solis Animation. The two parties had already collaborated on 16 animated narrative music videos for Rare Americans and have big plans for the future together, including two original animation projects “Crooked City” and “Brittle Bones Nicky”.

2022 Tour Dates:

JUNE

11 – Bratislava, SK @ Tehelne Pole Stadium (Lovestream Festival)

12 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub

13 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell (Low Ticket Warning)

15 – Munich, DE @ Orangehouse

16 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtpeicher

17 – Hradec Králové, CZ @ Rock For People

19 – Landgraaf, NL @ Pinkpop Festival

21 – Leuven, BE @ Het Depot

22 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie

24 – Manchester, UK @ Night & Day Café (SOLD OUT)

25 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute 3 (SOLD OUT)

27 – London, UK @ Camden Assembly (SOLD OUT)

28 – London, UK @ Camden Assembly (2nd Show Added! Low Ticket Warning)

29 – Dublin, IE @ Grand Social

SEPTEMBER

07 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos

08 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

10 – Sacramento, CA @ Goldfield Midtown

11 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop (Popscene)

14 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater

15 – San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room

17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

18 – Tucson, AZ @ Hotel Congress

20 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

21 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace

23 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger

24 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s

25 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

27 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Downstairs

28 – New Orleans, LA @ The Parish

29 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

30 – Orlando, FL @ The Social 

OCTOBER

01 – Miami, FL @ Gramps

04 – Durham, NC @ Motorco

07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

08 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage

09 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry

10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Music Hall

12 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

13 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement

15 – Detroit, MI @ El Club

16 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

18 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

20 – Omaha NE @ Slowdown

22 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

25 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory