Montreal’s The City Gates announces a new music video for their song “Claiming Race”, off their Age of Resilience album (Velouria Recordz/Icy Cold Records). With nods to Jesus and Mary Chain, Love and Rockets, and The Chameleons, their sound hybridizes elements of post-punk, shoegaze, darkwave, and coldwave.
With its pulsating drums, fuzz-drenched bass line, and complex layers of hypnotic guitars, Claiming Race indulges in nostalgia for the glory days of MTV, lustful teenage angst, and the memory of the one that got away…albeit shrouded in a veil of overdriven expectations.
The band performs live in the video, produced and edited by drummer Jahanzaib Mirza, showcasing their camaraderie and shared energies as a quartet.
The City Gates has shared the stage with notable acts like Trisomie 21, Actors, Bootblacks, The Foreign Resort, Blood Blush, Nothing, The Veldt, Blushing, Deserta, New Canyons, Scene Noir, and The Stargazer Lilies. They’ve toured in the U.K, and North America. François and Maxime also run the DIY post-punk/shoegaze/coldwave label Velouria Recordz, and are the wizards behind the Montreal Velouria Festival.
Age of Resilience offers eleven tracks of melancholic soundscape, boasting plenty of reverb, fuzz, and delay. The new City Gates album is inspired by historical and social realities of the last few decades. Age of Resilience references the lyrics of the band’s own single Cape of Good Hope, as well as historian Eric Hobsbawm’s trilogy The Age of Revolution (1962), The Age of Empire (1987), and The Age of Extremes (1994).
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The City Gates are slated to play some interesting shows in 2022, including with Actors, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dark Spring Boston Festival, and a European tour. Dates are as follows:
North American Tour dates
- 04.20 Montreal, CA with ACTORS
- 05.04 Ottawa, CA
- 05.07 @Dark Spring Boston Festival
- 06.03 Montreal, CA with A Place to Bury Strangers
- 07.23 Toronto, CA
- 07.30 Québec, CA
European Tour dates
- 10.05 tba
- 10.06 Return to the Batcave Festival, PL
- 10.07 Berlin, DE
- 10.08 Cologne, DE
- 10.09 tba
- 10.10 tba
- 10.11 Paris, FR
More tour dates to be announced.
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