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Porcupine – Photo Credit: Chris Goyette
Wisconsin-formed, Minneapolis-based indie rock band Porcupine are showing no signs of slowing down, and today, they exclusively share a brand new lyric video for “Distraction,” as well as several new tour dates, including the famed Minneapolis festival, Art-A-Whirl.
Fronted by singer/guitarist Casey Virock (Space Bike), the band also includes drummer Ian Prince and legendary Hüsker Dü mustachioed bassist Greg Norton, has been touring since the start of 2019 and even shared the stage with Bob Mould on March 30th — a sacred date that marks the 40-year anniversary of Hüsker Dü’s first show.
They’ve also played supporting The Meat Puppets, The Posies, and Babes in Toyland – just to name a few, and opened for Flesh Eaters this past March, and will soon support Built To Spill and Mudhoney on upcoming, newly announced dates.
To date, the band has released three full-length albums (2009’s The Trouble With You, 2012’s The Sensation of Being Somebody, and What You’ve Heard Isn’t Real late last year), along with multiple singles and two EPs, the most recent (Carrier Wave) recorded with the iconic Steve Albini.
The lyric video for laid-back rock track “Distraction,” which The Big Takeover is excited to premiere here, was created by Matt Monsoor, is a simple idea that’s executed in an incredibly artful way. It’s the album art designed by Laura Bennett being deconstructed and reconstructed (rinse and repeat), while the songs lyrics float through the galaxy created in this puzzle-like abstraction. It’s beautiful and really shows off the craftsmanship of both the album art and the lyrics.
This is the second video to be released from the band’s last album, What You’ve Heard Isn’t Real. The first video and only official video from the EP, Lifetime showcases the band’s live prowess.
To catch a show near you, check out the upcoming tour dates and newly announced shows below:
May 17 – Art-A-Whirl at the 331 Club Outdoor Stage (8pm set time) – Minneapolis, MN *
May 18 – Midwest Music Festival show / Oktober Fest Grounds Main Stage (6:45pm set time) – La Crosse, WI
June 14 –What’s Up Lounge – Mankato, MN *
June 25 – Fargo Brewing Company – Fargo, ND – w/ Built to Spill *
June 26 – First Avenue – Minneapolis MN – w/ Built to Spill *
June 28 – Reggie’s Live – Chicago, IL – w/ Flipper for 40th Anniversary Tour
June 29 – Fu-Bar – St. Louis, MO – w/ Flipper for 40th Anniversary Tour *
June 30 –The Record Bar – Kansas City, MO – w/ Flipper for 40th Anniversary Tour
Oct 12 – The Basement East – Nashville, TN – w/ Mudhoney
Oct 14 – Off Broadway – St Louis, Mo – w/ Mudhoney