Reveal Alternate-Reality Video Companion to
Sophomore LP Supermoon Blackout Out NOW!
“…a bolder psychedelic touch marked by reverb-heavy swagger and searing, sawtoothed guitar solos.” – Consequence of Sound
“..pop sensibility and psychedelic harmonies..” – Creative Loafing
“..rock at its most transcending.” – Glide Magazine
Following their well-received self-titled debut album in 2014, Ancient Cities returns to bring us Supermoon Blackout, out now! After being invited to play Newport Folk Festival in 2015 by Converse, the band began recording at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in Boston and Sioux Sioux Studio before taking the record to frontman Stephen Warwick’s home studio to wrap up. What emerged is both raw and organic in the ways you’d expect and enjoy from and fuzzed out rock album like this.
Now, the band have unveiled the video for album highlight “Marmalade.” Dreamt up by Warwick and Justin Reid Tvedt, the video portrays an alternate reality where musical instruments are illegal. Of the more profound inspiration behind the video, Warwick says, “Somewhere in the brainstorming process Tvedt suggested we use an all female cast portraying men, which I was completely on board with explaining to him about a law that just passed in my home state of North Carolina called HB2. For those unfamiliar, it bans individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond with their biological sex as dictated by their birth certificates, as well as bars cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances to protect gay and transgender people. The video itself is fun and lighthearted, but this was our way of showing love to everyone no matter what gender they relate to.”
Check out the video for “Marmalade”
Warwick gained acclaim in 2010 with his solo album Talking Machine, receiving local notice, song-writer and landing on Shuffle Magazine’s top 10 list for albums of that year. Ancient Cities became his new musical outlet that gave him freedoms to break out from lofi alt-folk and pick up an electric guitar with no reservations or apologies. This shift in perspective brought about some foot-stomping rock n roll that comes from a thoughtful desire to move you. Supermoon Blackout is the kind of music that beckons you put down your cell phone to just dance, listen, or watch. With the kind of tunes that are even better in person, Ancient Cities are on the road now, check out all the dates below!
8/3: Winston-Salem, NC @ The Garage
8/5: Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
8/24: Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
8/26: Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof
8/28: Athens, GA @ Wildwood Revival