American Kerrang! readers may recognize Ruby the Hatchet as the Philadelphia band that ignited Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar on fire (figuratively speaking) earlier this week at Kerrang’s first ever U.S. show. Now, the heavy psych rock band have just announced their first European tour in support of their latest album, Planetary Space Child.
Recorded in a 19th century estate deep in the Pennsylvania woods, Ruby’s third album was the product of several weeks of self-imposed isolation. The record showcases seven richly layered songs that unite heavy, doomy psychedelia with acid-rock, proto-prog, and melodic, hypnotic songcraft, complete with looming organ flourishes and rolling vocal harmonies that imbue an infectious aura.
The band’s tour kicks off in the UK, as Ruby opens for San Diego psychedelic rock trio Earthless, and will include shows with melancholic doom outfit Pallbearer (also performing at a Kerrang! show in July) on the mainland.
“Our European fans have come out in a huge way supporting Planetary Space Child, and we cannot wait to bring this energetic and prog-tinged live trip their way,” the band says. ”It will be our first time in many of these places and a very happy return to Germany and the Netherlands. We thrive off of the crowd’s enthusiasm, and Europe does it right. “
Check out the full span of dates below:
RUBY THE HATCHET - EUROPEAN TOUR
27 July - Moth Club, London - UK*
28 July - The Louisian, Bristol - UK*
29 July - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham - UK*
30 July - Classic Grand, Glasgow UK*
31 July - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds - UK*
01 August - The Haunt, Brighton - UK*
02 August - Paradiso, Amsterdam - NL*
03 August - Krach am Bach Open-Air, Beelen - DE
04 August - Lake on Fire Festival, Waldhausen - AT
06 August - Kramladen, Wien - AT
07 August - Pizzini, Bamberg - DE
08 August - MTS, Oldenburg - DE
09 August - Zukunft am Ostkreuz - DE
10 August - Void Fest, Sinzendorf - DE
11 August - The Fast Open Air, Hinterschmiding - DE
14 August - Schlachthof, Wiesbaden - DE^
15 August - Gaswerk!, Winterthur - CH^
16 August - Frantic Festival, Pescara - ITA
17 August - BARATTO, Forli - ITA
18 August - Cascina Bellaria - Rural Music Club, Sezzadio - ITA
19 August - Rockthefrog Festival, Hugelshofen - CH
24 August - DOWN THE HILL Festival, Rillaar - BE
25 August - Volcano Sessions, Saillant - FRA
Whether they play heavy psych or black thrash, Philadelphia’s bands are hard-working, down to earth, and always in your face.
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