French synthwave icon Carpenter Brut is returning to North America this summer with a series of 13 tour dates just announced for the U.S. and Canada, kicking off August 18 in Los Angeles and running through September 3 in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Tickets go on sale beginning Friday March 4 at 10 AM local time in each market here.
The upcoming tour is in support of Carpenter Brut’s brand-new album Leather Terror, out April 1 via Universal. The first single – the colossal synthrock anthem “Imaginary Fire” – is out now. It features vocalist Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed, The Black Queen) with an accompanying music video directed by Dehn Sora that captures an eerily beautiful apocalypse during a psychedelic trip.
Leather Terror is the second in Carpenter Brut’s Leather album trilogy, the next chapter following his widely acclaimed 2018 album Leather Teeth. That album was included in numerous Best Album lists across the spectrum of rock, alternative and electronic music that year. Kerrang championed the mysterious French artist as one of the “Best Live Bands On Earth” while Carpenter Brut was also honored as a performer at the Metal Hammer awards.
The albums form the soundtrack of an imagined movie from 1987. The previous record introduced the story of Bret Halford, an introverted science student. He liked a girl who didn’t like him and much preferred the team’s star quarterback.
Bret got mad and tried to create a concoction that would allow him to control them all, but ends up disfigured and decides instead to become a rock star. This is how he will seduce the girl, and all other girls: By becoming Leather Teeth, singer of Leather Patrol.
Now, Leather Terror finds Bret Halford as a true rock star and a ruthless avenger. Leather Teeth inflicts vengeance on those who stand between him and what he desires. While the album Leather Teeth was in parts a celebratory take on ‘80s glam rock, in his new opus, Carpenter Brut – across the space of twelve tracks – gets more malevolent, documenting the rise of his protagonist as a serial killer who wants to take revenge on all those who mistreated him when he was younger.
Regarding the album, Carpenter Brut says, “After spending much of 2018 touring, I had decided to take a long break to compose the new album of the trilogy. The pandemic confirmed that my choice to stay home was the right one. I ended up taking over a year and a half to compose this album. I made a lot of decisions with the time I had that I wouldn’t have had time to make if the pandemic hadn’t happened. I wanted to make the whole thing as massive as possible. There is no guitar on this album. I did everything with synths. Even though I didn’t know exactly how I wanted the album to sound at first, I knew I wanted it to be massive and violent.”
Massive and violent, yes. But inviting – so much so, that Leather Terror features a significant number of guests.
In addition to the aforementioned Greg Puciato on new single “Imaginary Fire,” Alex Westaway of Gunship gives voices on the pummelling synth pop of “The Widow Maker” (“a rather particular hybrid timbre”), and Ben Koller of Converge and Jonka of Tribulation appear on the sinister title track, which closes the story. The Norwegian band Ulver and Kathrine Shepard from the band Sylvaine are also on board as well as Persha – a Parisian singer – who directly contacted Carpenter Brut to initiate a collaboration.
Leather Terror reflects both a serial killer, and an artist, in their prime: Bold and daring while full of shock and awe, creating a true spectacle out of great darkness with a flamboyant disregard for rules.
LEATHER TERROR TRACK LISTING
1. Opening Title
2. Straight Outta Hell
3. The Widow Maker
4. Imaginary Fire
5. … Good Night, Goodbye
6. Day Stalker
7. Night Prowler
8. Lipstick Masquerade
9. Color Me Blood
10. Stabat Mater
11. Paradisi Gloria
12. Leather Terror
Presales for Leather Terror are available here.
CARPENTER BRUT NORTH AMERICAN LEATHER TERROR TOUR:
18 Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda
19 Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Vegas Festival
20 San Francisco, CA @ UC Theater
22 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
23 Seattle, WA @ Showbox
26 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity
27 Chicago, IL @ Metro
28 Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
30 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
31 Montreal, QC @ MTelus
01 Boston, MA @ Royale
02 New York, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
03 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
About Carpenter Brut
Carpenter Brut draws its influences from ‘80s TV shows and B-movies loaded with synthesizers. The mysterious and discreet man evokes an encounter between Justice beats and the universe of John Carpenter. The French act pays tribute to the post-hippie/pre-AIDS culture that then set the basis of electro and metal to give us a unique, violent and crazy ‘80s revival sound. Over the last decade he built a successful career, as a major act from the darksynth scene.
He has toured the world with acts like Ghost and Ministry and performed at well-known festivals such as Coachella & SXSW, and has accumulated 366 million streams of his music worldwide.