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Beams Unveils ‘’Heat Potential’’: A Prelude to ‘Requiem for a Planet’ & Announces North American Tour

  • April 8, 2024
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Beams Unveils ‘’Heat Potential’’: A Prelude to ‘Requiem for a Planet’ & Announces North American Tour

Beams, REQUIEM FOR A PLANET, indie rock, alternative rock, heat potential

Today, the Toronto-based sextet, Beams, unveiled their new single and accompanying music video, “Heat Potential,” from their soon-to-be-released album, Requiem for a Planet, which is set to drop on May 3rd. Anna Mērnieks-Duffield, the band’s lead vocalist and songwriter, characterized the song as an ode to the inherent resilience that enables us to overcome challenges. This release follows their dynamic lead single “A.W.I.L,” which has garnered acclaim from notable outlets such as Brooklyn Vegan, FLOOD Magazine, and Exclaim!. In celebration of their upcoming album, Beams has announced a North American tour kicking off in May, featuring performances at notable venues like the Bowery Electric in NYC on May 15th and The Hideout in Chicago on May 22nd, with a complete tour schedule available. Fans can pre-order “Requiem for a Planet” now.

“Requiem for a Planet” is metaphorically likened to an emotional journey across “Grief Mountain,” offering breathtaking views along the way. The album marks a bold exploration of new musical landscapes for the band, which has been praised for its enigmatic allure by American Songwriter. The album was recorded by Kevin S. McMahon, known for his work with Swans, Real Estate, and Titus Andronicus, at Marcata Recording. This venue, a historic barn located at the foot of the Shawangunk mountains in New Paltz, NY, provides a unique backdrop for the album’s creation. “Requiem” invites listeners into a captivating world, where the mesmerizing sounds of the vibraphone, the warmth of amplifiers, the shimmer of guitars, and the eerie melodies of violin strings blend together to forge an intimate and immersive auditory experience.

Beams Tour Dates:
05/03 – Owen Sound, ON – Heartwood Concert Hall
05/04 – Sarnia, ON – Maud’s
05/09 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
05/10 – Kingston, ON – Hotel Wolfe Island
05/11 – Wakefield, PQ – Kaffe
05/13 – Montreal, PQ – La Sotterenea
05/14 – Worcester, MA – Ralph’s Diner
05/15 – New York, NY – Bowery Electric
05/16 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMoca
05/17 – Youngstown, OH – Westside Bowl
05/18 – Louisville, KY – Cave Valley Kava
05/19 – Cincinnati, OH – Northside Tavern
05/22 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout
05/23 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
05/24 – Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge
05/25 – London, ON – Palasad Social Bowl

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