French progressive metallers GOJIRA have announced details of a massive North American headline tour which will get underway this fall. The nationwide trek will see GOJIRA joined by TESSERACT and is set to kick-off September 21 at Silver Spring, Maryland's The Fillmore. From there, GOJIRA will traverse North America through October where the tour will eventually wrap up on October 23 at New York City's Terminal 5. Presale tickets and VIP packages for all dates will be available beginning Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. local time, with general onsale beginning Friday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. local time.
The dates are as follows:
Sep. 21 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Silver Spring Sep. 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory Sep. 24 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel Sep. 25 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle Sep. 26 - Orlando, FL - Plaza Live Sep. 27 - Tampa, FL - Ritz Ybor Sep. 29 - Austin, TX – Emo's Sep. 30 - Houston, TX - House of Blues Oct. 01 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live! Oct. 03 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre Oct. 04 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre Oct. 06 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern Oct. 07 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield Oct. 09 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre Oct. 10 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater Oct. 11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo Oct. 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex Oct. 14 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre Oct. 16 - Minneapolis, MN - Myth Live Oct. 17 - Milwaukee, WI -Turner Ballroom Oct. 19 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit Oct. 20 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy Oct. 21 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis Oct. 22 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium Oct. 23 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
GOJIRA's new studio album, "Magma", will be released on June 17 via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2012's "L'Enfant Sauvage" was recorded at GOJIRA frontman Joseph Duplantier's Silver Cord Studio in Queens, New York.
Joseph told RollingStone.com in a new interview that GOJIRA worked on twelve songs for the album before ultimately deciding on ten. "We want a short album," he said. "Something less epic than what we usually do. People's attentions are shorter now. So a lot of the songs are four minutes."
Joseph and his brother, GOJIRA drummer Mario Duplantier, who make up the band's songwriting core, were forced to put the sessions for the new album on hold when their mother got sick and eventually died last summer.
"I felt physically, mentally exhausted," Joseph told RollingStone.com. "At the same time, though, the way it happened was beautiful. We were all around her. We had to cancel a few shows when she died, but it was very enriching at the same time. We learned a lot about death."
"When you read Joe's lyrics, for me, I cry right away," Mario said. "They're very deep and to the point. No bullshit. We recycle our sadness and depression in the music."
"Mario was recording drums, and I was playing guitar with him, just trying to help him know where he's at in the song, and both of us would start crying at the same time," Joseph added.
"The songs were half-written while she was sick," he said. "After she died, I still had to finish them. So one song was like, 'You're going to make it,' but the second verse is 'You didn't make it.'"