To coincide with TesseracT starting their North America live dates with Megadeth and Meshuggah, today the band have released a brand new single and lyric video for the song “Smile.” Listen to the song here.
Vocalist Daniel Tompkins explains the lyrical concept and inspiration behind the song, saying, “Lyrically, ‘Smile’ carries a strong and forward sense of irony as we explore and darkest side of the human condition. The song will witness the manifestation of an ‘entity.’ Consciousness survives through constant manipulation only to propagate pessimism and hopelessness. Our entity observes, consumes and evolves, bearing witness to human existence, mimicking our presence in colossal form.”
Recorded at both 4D Sound Studios, Brighton and Celestial Sound Studios, Notts UK and produced by Acle Kahney during late spring this year “Smile,” described by the band as their most collaborative track of recent times, here, the vocals play a key part in shaping the structure of the song, the bass shaping the verses, so, allowing the band to explore new perspectives.
Bassist Amos Williams explains further, “We chose this track as although it is part of a greater theme, and is in fact towards the end of a story arc, it stands alone very well. We have a solid idea of where we would like to take this track on the next album as it is in no way finished. It is merely one step in a journey.
“The verses and choruses stand very far apart from each other. There is a tension we wished to build through a minimalist approach, with small phrases that repeat against accompanying parts of different lengths. These undulate, seemingly getting lost against the nonconventional phrasing of the drums. All this is nothing new to TesseracT fans, but this time we have looked to really align the lyrical and musical messages.”
After building up a rabid and loyal fanbase across North America with their previous tours with the Devin Townsend Project, Gojira and multiple headline runs the band are stateside again for a monumental tour with Megadeth and Meshuggah.
Guitarist James Monteith enthusiastically comments, “We couldn’t be more excited about going back to the US, the shows are always amazing out there and the fans are some of our most enthusiastic and loyal. There’s also the added bonus of touring with two of the most important metal bands ever! Megadeth and Meshuggah are major boundary pushers in the genre and we’re massive fans of them both, so it’s a real honour to share a stage with them. And not to forget Lilake who are doing some cool things too, so all in all, it’s going to be the highlight of our year.”
Beginning in Big Flats, New York on Friday, June 23, the tour takes the band through Massachusetts, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and ending in Pennsylvania on July 11. TesseracT will also be performing at Amnesia Festival, Montebello, Canada on June 24, as well as a series of headline shows in Indianapolis, Nashville, Memphis, Buffalo and Amityville. Dates are below.
WITH MEGADETH + MESHUGGAH
6/23 Big Flats, NY – Tags Summerstage
6/25 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
6/27 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
6/28 Portsmouth, VA – Portsmouth Pavillion
6/29 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
6/30 Columbus, OH – Express Live
7/07 Saint Charles, MO – Family Arena
7/08 Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
7/09 Houston, TX – Revention Music Centre
7/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
7/01/17 – Indianapolis IN – The Emerson Theater
7/05/17 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In
7/06/17 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
7/12/17 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room