Austra's third record, Future Politics, is perhaps the band's most ambitious to date. It's "a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia," lead singer Katie Stelmanis says in a press release.
Despite the heavy subject matter, the album doesn't mire itself in doom and gloom. Quite the opposite, in fact. There's plenty on Future Politics that inspires cutting it up on the dance floor including, "Freepower," "Angel in Your Eye," "Gaia" and the title track. Stelmanis wrote and engineered the album and the immaculate production was her doing, too. Alice Wilder and Heba Kadry mixed and mastered it, respectively.
Austra will be taking Future Politics on the road across North America beginning Jan. 20 in Toronto and wrapping up Feb. 19 in Detroit, Mich. Full tour dates are below.
North American tour dates:
Jan. 20: Toronto, Mod Club
Jan. 21: Fairmount Theatre, Montreal
Jan. 24: The Sinclair, Cambridge, Mass.
Jan. 26: Warsaw, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jan. 27: Union Transfer, Philadelphia, Pa.
Jan. 28: Black Cat, Washington, D.C.
Jan. 29: Motorco Music Hall, Durham, N.C.
Jan. 31: Exit/In, Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 1: Terminal West, Atlanta, Ga.
Feb. 2: Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, La.
Feb. 3: Trees, Dallas, Texas
Feb. 4: The Mohawk, Austin, Texas
Feb. 5: Lowbrow Palace, El Paso, Texas
Feb. 7: Valley Bar, Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb. 8: Casbah, San Diego, Calif.
Feb. 9: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, Calif.
Feb. 11: Mezzanine, San Francisco, Calif.
Feb. 13: Holocene, Portland, Oreg.
Feb. 14: The Crocodile, Seattle, Wash.
Feb. 17: Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, Minn.
Feb. 18: Thalia Hall, Chicago, Ill.
Feb. 19: Magic Stick, Detroit, Mich.