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Crumb Unveils New Single “The Bug” and Announces North American Tour!

  • April 24, 2024
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Crumb Unveils New Single “The Bug” and Announces North American Tour!

Crumb, indie rock, psychedelic rock, alt rock

Following last month’s announcement of their new album AMAMA, Crumb has unveiled a fresh preview with the single “The Bug.” Along with the new track, the band has released an engaging and playful music video directed by Haoyan of America.

Additionally, Crumb has announced a headline North American tour starting in mid-July. The tour will cover 30 cities, including stops in Chicago, Austin, Boston, Los Angeles, and a hometown concert in Brooklyn. L’Rain, Vagabon, and Discovery Zone will join Crumb on select dates. The full tour schedule is available below, with tickets going on sale this Friday, April 26th, at 10 AM local time.

Discussing the new single, Lila Ramani of Crumb explains: “‘The Bug’ has been part of our musical journey since the early days, before the Jinx era. It started in a motel in Nebraska where I woke up covered in bed bug bites. Unable to sleep, I roamed the motel humming what would eventually form the outro of the song. As we recorded it years later, it gained a deeper, more tender meaning—the ‘bug’ isn’t just an insect; it can be a friend, a lover, or a persistent late-night thought.” Check out “The Bug” below:

AMAMA represents Crumb’s most carefree and heartfelt work to date, mixing poetic abstraction with introspective honesty and inventive soundscapes. The album showcases Crumb in a dynamic and lively mode, incorporating elements like glitchy vocals, cell phone recordings, nautical sounds, sax mouthpiece solos, distorted drum samples, and piano strings muted with Silly Putty. Set for release on May 17th through Crumb Records, the album includes the title track “AMAMA,” a vibrant homage to Lila Ramani’s grandmother. This track is further enhanced by a music video directed by Abraham El-Makawy, which blends Lila’s archival home footage with fan-submitted artwork, creating a poignant mosaic of nostalgia. With its blend of psychedelia, pop, jazz, and rock, AMAMA further cements Crumb’s distinctive musical identity. The album, produced in Los Angeles with Johnscott Sanford and Jonathan Rado, reflects on themes of stability, connection, and clarity amidst a nomadic life.

In 2023, Crumb released the single “Le Temple Volant” with Melody’s Echo Chamber, earning praise from Pitchfork, The FADER, Stereogum, and others. AMAMA continues the narrative arc from their earlier works, including the self-titled EP Crumb, Locket, 2019’s Jinx, and 2021’s Ice Melt, which Rolling Stone described as “a captivating trek to the metaphysical and back down to Earth.”

Upcoming Tour Dates
* with L’Rain and Discovery Zone
^ with Vagabon

7/18 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
7/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
7/21 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival

8/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Brooklyn Bowl *
8/21 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring *
8/23 – Richmond, Virginia @ The National *
8/24 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground *
8/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre *
8/27 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl *
8/28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe *
8/30 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall *
8/31 – Toronto, ON @ The Concert Hall *
9/01 – Montreal, QC @ Théâtre Beanfield *
9/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Paramount *
9/05 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place *
9/06 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner *

10/03 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst ^
10/04 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater ^
10/05 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades ^
10/07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot ^
10/09 – Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom ^
10/11 – Dallas, TX @ Ferris Wheelers ^
10/12 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall ^
10/13 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre ^
10/15 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s ^
10/17 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater ^
10/18 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace ^
10/21 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory OC ^
10/22 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park ^
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern ^

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