Canadian indie-alternative synth-rockers Dear Rouge, who signed a major label deal last year with Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, announced today the March 30th digital release and March 31st physical release of their anticipated debut album “Black To Gold”. The Vancouver duo announced the album release in addition to a 12-date Canadian tour as direct and sole support for Hamilton rockers and JUNO Award nominees The Arkells. Earlier this month, Danielle and Drew McTaggart revealed they will perform during the 2015 Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremonies in Prince George, BC on February 13th.
“Black To Gold” is available for pre-order on iTunes February 10th and will feature “I Heard I Had” and “Best Look Lately”, along with the brand new title track and #1 added single at Alternative Rock Radio this week, “Black To Gold”. The new album is the realization of an artistic vision that spans more than two years in the making, helmed by Drew McTaggart and producer/engineer Ryan Worsley, with input and influence from Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, Mother Mother) and Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent). In addition to previously released tracks, fans that pre-order the album will receive an instant download of the three featured singles, as well as two extra new songs prior to album release.
The iTunes exclusive version will include ten songs plus 1 exclusive bonus track, while the Spotify exclusive version will also feature 10 songs plus 2 exclusive bonus tracks.
With Danielle McTaggart’s unmistakable powerhouse vocals punctuated by the groups instantly recognizable blend of dynamic guitar hooks and uplifting synth layers, “Black To Gold” showcases the development and maturation of the husband and wife duo and is bolstered by the success of their introductory singles, “Best Look Lately” and “I Heard I Had” – the latter staking musical territory as the #3 most-played song at alternative radio in 2014 (behind only Kongos and Arctic Monkeys). Heading into 2015 it’s easy to see why CBCMusic named “Black To Gold” one of the 15 most anticipated Canadian indie albums of the year.
In less than two years Dear Rouge has crossed the country multiple times, sharing the stage with the likes of the Kongos, Phantogram, Dragonette and Lorde among other notable acts. With an undeniable chemistry both on and off stage, the group formed in 2012 and has since released two EP’s to increasingly enthusiastic acclaim.
Fans can expect Dear Rouge to deliver their impressive live show with the same palpable energy and fervor they’ve become known for when they embark on a 12-date Canadian tour with The Arkells. The tour kicks off in Vancouver on February 20th.