Portland spoken word musician Adam Gnade has just inked a deal that will take his introspective folk narratives across the Atlantic. Gnade, who calls Loud and Clear Records home stateside, will be releasing his latest EP, Shout the Rafters Down!
, with Drowned in Sound, the UK label that counts Metric, Martha Wainwright and Bats for Lashes among its roster. The EP will be released across the pond on Oct. 2 and will be followed by a European tour in November.
Gnade, who is the music editor for our cross-town rival The Portland Mercury
, gives no indication who of his rotating cast of backing musicians will accompany him, but, judging by his flight-filled tales, Gnade will be perfectly comfortable on the road.
"Bruce had it right and Johnny had it wrong," speaks Gnade on "We Live Nowhere and Know No One." "We're not born to lose, we're born to run."
But he'll be back. The man has projects after all, including a collaboration with Argumentix called The Wilderness and Holy Gold
and another with Ryne Warner of Ohioan. And then there's that whole Mercury
And there are some tour dates here:
08.03 - 9th Ave Pub - Portland, OR
08.14 - Tube w/Argumentix (collaborative set) and Behalf - Portland, OR
08.23 - Mississippi Pizza w/Seaweed Jack - Portland, OR
08.30 - Acme w/William Holley - Portland, OR
09.17 - Mars Bar w/Seaweed Jack - Seattle, WA
Adam Gnade: adamgnade.com
Drowned in Sound: drownedinsound.com
Loud and Clear Records: loudandclearrecords.com
Photo: Adam sleepy. From the Drowned in Sound website.