Today, Ceramic Animal have released a new single, ‘Valerie’ along with a companion music video directed by Perry Shall and Bob Sweeney. The single is the last release prior to their new album Sweet Unknown, due out March 4th. ‘Valerie’ is an ode to rock n roll and its classic tropes. Its upbeat instrumentation dichotomizes the darker lyrics as it tells of the rise and fall of a mysterious muse, Valerie. The underlying themes reveal how someone can seem like they have it all together but everyone is struggling in ways that aren’t always apparent,” said Ceramic Animal singer Chris Regan. The music video features a series of vignettes picked directly from MTV’s hair band era. The band recently announced a major North American summer tour supporting The Black Keys. The dates will kick off in Las Vegas on July 9th and Ceramic Animal will continue on through July 30th where they’ll wrap in Philadelphia, PA. Sweet Unknown will be the first release for new label home Easy Eye Sound. Sweet Unknown was produced by Dan Auerbach.
Watch the ‘Valerie’ video HERE:
Ceramic Animal hails from historic Doylestown, Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Philadelphia. The band features a trio of brothers—Chris Regan (vocals, guitar), Erik Regan (drums) and Elliott Regan (vocals, keys)—along with childhood friend Anthony Marchione (guitar) and Dallas Hosey (vocals, bass). A guitar band of the highest-order with an acute focus on songwriting, they fuse post punk, psych and 70’s pop together in a sound not too far from contemporaries like The War On Drugs, Strand of Oaks or fellow Pennsylvania artist, Kurt Vile.
Before reaching the ears of Easy Eye Sound owner, producer and The Black Keys frontman, Dan Auerbach, the band had found critical and commercial success on their own terms. Ceramic Animal funded, produced and self-released three albums and attracted a large and far flung fan base. They never made a conscious decision to keep things ruggedly DIY; instead, they just felt their way in the dark and did what five boys from Doylestown, PA would do – work hard.
Lively and imaginative, Ceramic Animal’s music highlights a very real and relatable strain of emotional alienation coursing through the lyrics, where people leave you with holes in your life, where flickering memories of brighter times offer the only comfort. The three Regan brothers lost their father – their greatest influence and biggest fan – just before the making of this album. It makes for a more reflective record, but not one devoid of hope or warmth.
Ceramic Animal will be on tour throughout 2022. A full list of tour dates are below.
Mar 6 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Mar 12 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover
Mar 20 – Dallas, TX – New New Festival
Supporting The Black Keys
July 9: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 11: Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
July 13: Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
July 15: St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater St. Louis
July 16: Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center
July 17: Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Tinley Park
July 20: Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 22: Jones Beach, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
July 23: Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 25: Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 27: Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
July 29: Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
July 30: Philadelphia, PA – Waterfront Music Pavilion (formerly BB&T Pavilion)
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