Gates reveal new song ‘Empty Canvas’!

Gates yesterday revealed their new track ‘Empty Canvas‘ from upcoming album,Parallel Lives, out June 3rd via Pure Noise Records.  The track is now available on youtube by clicking the link below.  The band will tour with La Dispute and Thrice this summer across the USA.  The physical pre-order is now available through Pure Noise Records here, and digitally through iTunes here.

You can also check out their first single, “Habit”, which premiered on Noisey here. 

Living in New York City, Gates’ Kevin Dye began to look at the world differently. It’s that inspiration that birthed Parallel Lives, the indie rock quintet’s sophomore album out June 3 on Pure Noise Records. Co-produced by Dye and Mike Watts (The Dear Hunter, As Tall As Lions), the album features the band experimenting with different instruments as they reach new sounds.

“Trying to absorb and deal with how you can’t know everyone, and you won’t ever know how they affect your lives or how you’re affecting others with simple things you’re saying or doing. I tried to hone in on that and use these songs to get that point across.”

The album mirrors life’s series of altering paths: songs reference each other in lyrics and style, but sound wildly different from one moment to the next. Without Dye always playing guitar, songs like the ethereal “Empty Canvas” and the Patty-Griffin-inspired piano song “Fade” are the epitome of Gates’ blend of core lyrical songwriting and atmospheric heaviness. The songs were tirelessly revised: “Penny” began as a Pedro the Lion-esque ditty before becoming a faster, more upbeat number, and the beginning of “Habit” changed entirely.

“I’ve never felt so much joy and satisfaction as when the five of us came together for this.”

Parallel Lives is out June 3rd, 2016 via Pure Noise Records. Digital advances of the album are available for review consideration. Please email

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Parallel Lives tracklist:
1. Forget
2. Habit
3. Eyes
4. Shiver
5. House & Home
6. Empty Canvas
7. Color Worn
8. Fade
9. Penny
10. Left Behind
11. Parallel Lives

Tour Dates:

05/25 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
05/28 – Howell, MI @ Bled Fest
05/29 – Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theater
05/30 – Des Moines, IA @ Wolly’s
05/31 – Witchita, KS @ Walnut Street
06/02 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Flagstaff’s Green Room
06/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
06/04 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
06/05 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
06/06 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
06/07 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
06/08 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
06/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
06/11 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
06/12 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
06/13 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
06/14 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
06/15 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
06/16 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
06/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
06/18 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
06/19 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
06/21 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
06/22 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
06/23 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
06/24 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theater
06/25 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

All Dates w/ La Dispute and Thrice

Danny Peart
Editor / Live Music Photographer / Journalist at Soundcheck-Live

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