Published Jun 18, 2019Nearly two years removed from sharing her Hiss Spun album, Chelsea Wolfe has lifted the curtain on a full-length follow-up effort.
Titled Birth of Violence, Wolfe's latest arrives September 13 through Sargent House. Eleven tracks in length, the album was recorded in Wolfe's Northern California home and is said to be "a return to the reclusive nature of her earlier recordings," written primarily with only voice and acoustic guitar.
"I've been in a state of constant motion for the past eight years or so; touring, moving, playing new stages, exploring new places and meeting new people — an incredible time of learning and growing as a musician and performer," Wolfe explained in a statement. "But after awhile, I was beginning to lose a part of myself. I needed to take some time away from the road to get my head straight, to learn to take better care of myself, and to write and record as much as I can while I have 'Mercury in my hands,' as a wise friend put it."
Birth of Violence was recorded alongside longtime collaborator Ben Chisholm and features contributions from drummer Jess Gowrie and viola player Ezra Buchla. A first taste of the album can be heard below with opener "The Mother Road."
Wolfe has also mapped out an acoustic tour of North America, set to kick off in October. Canadian stops include shows in Toronto (October 26), Montreal (October 27) and Vancouver (November 21). All dates will feature support from Ioanna Gika.
Birth of Violence:
1. The Mother Road
2. American Darkness
3. Birth of Violence
4. Deranged for Rock & Roll
5. Be All Things
7. When Anger Turns to Honey
8. Dirt Universe
9. Little Grave
10. Preface to a Dream Play
10/18 San Diego, CA - Observatory North Park
10/19 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10/21 Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall
10/22 Estes Park, CO - Stanley Hotel
10/24 Chicago, IL - Metro
10/25 Detroit, MI - Senate Theater
10/26 Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/27 Montreal, QC - Le National
10/29 Boston, MA - Royale
10/31 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11/01 New York, NY - Brooklyn Steel
11/03 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11/04 Charlotte, NC - McGlohon Theater
11/05 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
11/06 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
11/08 Dallas, TX - Texas Theatre
11/09 Austin, TX - Levitation
11/10 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
11/12 Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
11/13 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
11/15 Los Angeles, CA - The Palace Theatre
11/16 San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
11/18 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
11/20 Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11/21 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre