After a hiatus of more than two years, progressive rock unit The Contortionist will return to the road this Fall on a month-long North American headlining tour. Set to commence on September 11th in Dallas, Texas and run through October 15th in the band’s original hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, the journey will feature the band performing, in two full sets, their 2014 “Language” full-length and 2010 debut studio album “Exoplanet”, two all time fan favorites, in their entireties!
Continuing the band’s tradition of innovative and boundary-pushing live performances, neither album has been performed live in its entirety ever before. Support will be provided by special guests Rivers Of Nihil, who will be performing their latest full-length, “The Work”, in its entirety.
Comments Eric Guenther (keyboards): “I’ve been asked to write a quote for this tour reflecting on the fact that every single person coming this Fall has given this band life and played a part in making a tour like this finally happen. Thank you so much. We miss all of you; see you soon”.
Adds Cameron Maynard (guitar): “It’s been more than two years since we’ve performed for a live audience, so we chose this opportunity to go back and celebrate two of our albums properly. These albums changed our lives – allowing us to expand into who we are today. We cannot wait to share this experience with all of you”.
VIP packages will include a chance for fans to have an exclusive listen to two never before heard tracks from the band’s upcoming album, an intimate Q&A session, limited edition merchandise items, and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 24th at 10:00am local time. For presale and advance VIP access visit, here, with code available by mailing list sign-up. See all confirmed dates below.
North American Tour Dates 2022:
9/11/2022 The Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
9/13/2022 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
9/14/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
9/16/2022 Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
9/17/2022 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/18/2022 El Rey Theater – Los Angeles, CA
9/20/2022 Bossanova – Portland, OR
9/21/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
9/23/2022 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
9/24/2022 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
9/26/2022 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
9/27/2022 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
9/28/2022 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
9/30/2022 Le Studio TD – Montreal, QC
10/01/2022 Opera House – Toronto, ON
10/02/2022 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/04/2022 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
10/06/2022 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
10/07/2022 Union Stage – Washington, DC
10/08/2022 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/09/2022 Paradise – Boston, MA
10/11/2022 Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
10/12/2022 Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
10/13/2022 Eastside Bowl – Nashville, TN
10/15/2022 Deluxe @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
The Contortionist claimed adventurous and experimental progressive heavy metal as their stock in trade at their 2007 inception in the Indianapolis underground. Across four albums, they’ve crafted a musical identity championed by a diverse audience, demonstrated by the feverish support of fans who’ve seen them on tour with similarly-minded heavy music luminaries like Deftones, Periphery, Between The Buried And Me, and Animals As Leaders. The deathcore-infused brutality of “Exoplanet” (2010) and “Intrinsic” (2012) laid the foundation for the adventurous “Language” (2014), and “Clairvoyant” (2017), which earned perfect scores from several publications.
MetalSucks crowned the band “one of metal’s all-time greats”, while Metal Injection has likened their evolution to that of Opeth, Tesseract, and Anathema. “The Contortionist are evolving in rewarding fashion, and will continue to thrive due to a strong sense of notes, melody, experimentation, and atmosphere that is always present, no matter what musical direction they pursue”, gushed Sputnik Music. Even when angular riffs, odd-time signatures, and devastating breakdowns give way to hypnotic and ethereal trancelike musical meditations, the band never lacks in absolute power. While they’ve proven themselves masters of psychedelic enhanced experimentation and trippy melodicism, endearing them to fans of later period Enslaved and Sigur Ros alike, they’ve never fully forsaken the urgent impact of tech-leaning extremity. “From The Beatles to Pink Floyd to Mastodon, all the great rock bands in history have clear, non-linear musical trajectories”, Metal Sucks observed. “Literally: no one else sounds like The Contortionist even a little”.