After a run of successful headlining shows, as well as dates supporting Houndmouth earlier this year, indie icon Ben Kweller has announced a solo tour through the West Coast beginning with a festival appearance on April 13 in Dallas, TX, making his way through Phoenix, AZ, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, Denver, CO and more. Garage darlings The Technicolors will open in Arizona while LA's MainMan and NoiseCo comrades, Modern Love Child, will be opening all following dates. Tickets are on sale now. A complete list of tour datesare available below.
Touring in support of some of the strongest music of his career after an unintentional "hibernation," his new single "Heart Attack Kid" is available now along with a raucous video he made in collaboration with Robert Strange of Superorganism.
WATCH "HEART ATTACK KID" HERE
He didn't go away just because-he was fifteen minutes away from death. "We almost died," Kweller says. "Me, Lizzy, our two boys ... dead. We wouldn't be here if Liz hadn't woken us up that night."
Kweller is referring to an ill-fated trip to the mountains of New Mexico, back in 2013. The family went on what was meant to be a winter wonderland vacation and instead suffered acute carbon monoxide poisoning. As the months rolled on, Kweller began to battle depression as a result of the poisoning.
"I just didn't care-I didn't want to play music anymore," Kweller says. "I didn't want to leave my family's side, and for the first time in my life I was scared. When you almost die, everything changes, and all the unimportant sh*t disappears. Luckily, I kept writing songs and they got me through some really dark places. Eventually I had 50 ready to go but I was still reluctant to start the machine back up again. A close friend of mine called me up and said, 'Just come over and let's record something together. Even if it's just a demo, maybe it'll make you feel better.'"
That close friend was producer and songwriter, Dwight A. Baker (Misseo, Brandi Carlile). One thing led to another and the two ended up co-producing an entire album. The album is called, Circuit Boredom. News about the album's release will be coming soon.
Catch Ben Kweller at one of the following shows:
13 - Dallas, TX - HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival, Main Street Garden Park
16 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole
18 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
22 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
23 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre
24 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
26 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
28 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
1 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake