Grieves Drops New Single & Video “Gutz” w/ Playboy + LP Out 8/25 On Rhymesayers + National Tour

In anticipation of his fifth studio album Running Wild slated for release August 25th on Rhymesayers Entertainment, Seattle rapper/producer Grieves returns with a new single and video today entitled Gutz.” Premiered via Playboy and directed by Maria Juranic, the video explores the intoxicating and often destructive nature of a love gone wrong. About the track and video Grieves (aka Benjamin Laub) comments:

“When it comes down to the matters of the heart, people can be just as addicting as any drug. We tell ourselves ‘never again’, then we wake up in the same bed we promised we’d never return to. It’s complicated and intoxicating. That’s why this video complements this song so well.”

Earlier this month, Grieves shared first single “RX” and its accompanying video alongside his North American tour announce. Set to kick off on August 31st, the tour will hit cities such as Los Angeles, New York, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Seattle. Grieves will be supported by Rhymesayers label mate deM atlaS for the first leg of the tour, and will later be joined by ProbCause. Full date listing below + tickets are available for purchase here.

Running Wild is a 15-track collection recorded in Seattle and Stockholm alongside Swedish producer Chords (Jens Eric Resch Thomason). Featuring guest appearances from Fearce Vill, Romaro Franceswa, Paris Alexa, and Davey Jones, the album features elements one might expect to find on a classic soul record, such as rich guitar tones and humming organs, mixed with modern and experimental components. The record balancesGrieves’ dueling impulses to have a good time while staying true to himself. It’s a kind of openness – both sonically and thematically – that Laub attributes to how and where the record was made.

A follow up to his 2014 Winter & The Wolves LP which hit #13 on Billboard’s Rap/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #57 on the Billboard Top 200Grieves emerges with a modernized sound that is lush and intoxicating, pairing punchy drums with thick layers of synths and warm bass lines, and penning verses that range from vulnerable and confessional to carefree.

WATCH “Gutz” Video

8.31 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre*
9.01 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s*
9.02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour*
9.03 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah*
9.04 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room*
9.05 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress*
9.06 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red*
9.08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue*
9.09 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater*
9.10 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater*
9.11 – Durango, CO @ Animas City Theatre*
9.12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad*
9.13 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls*
9.14 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s*
9.15 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
9.16 – Houston, TX @ HOB Bronze Peacock*
9.18 – New Orleans, LA @ Parish at HOB*
9.19 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Purgatory Stage)*
9.20 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade*
9.21 – Washington, DC @ DC9*
9.22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle*
9.23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory*
9.25 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
9.26 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa*
9.27 – Toronto, ON @ The Velvet Underground*
9.28 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig*
9.29 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern*
9.30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club*
10.02 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium*
10.04 – Billings, MT @ The Pub Station*
10.05 – Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge*
10.06 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett*
10.07 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett*
11.03 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile**
11.08 – Boise, ID @ The Reef**
11.09 – Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s**
11.10 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium**
11.11 – Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theater**
11.12 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers**
11.14 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones**
11.15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar**
11.16 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room**
11.20 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room**
11.21 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird**
11.22 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi**
11.24 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue**
11.25 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Event Hall & Lounge**

* = support by deM atlaS
** = support by ProbCause 

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