On October 12th, 2018, the new studio effort from Aqueous will be out in full. In advance of Color Wheel, the band teased what’s to come with “Waves” of track releases, and Wave II is out today. Listen here.
Wave II sees Aqueous’ largest sonic exploration to date. The 4-piece sites diverse musical influences – such as Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Incubus and even Fleet Foxes – as inspiration for its three tracks. Hip-hop and electronic sounds, prog-based compositions and the band’s first true “ballad” are presented in this latest batch.
As with Wave I, Aqueous shared some insight into each of the tracks in Wave II:
1. “Split The Difference” is our first official excursion into a more hip-hop/electronic-based feel; the band has long been inspired by artists like Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, etc, and this track felt like a natural and exciting step in that direction.
2. “Color Wheel” was written as a way to address the growing disparity between having an authentic human experience vs. the idealized version people present themselves as on the internet, and how unfulfilling and dark it can be for a person’s psyche. Musically, it was inspired a bit more by indie-prog bands like Incubus, Minus The Bear, and Muse.
3. “Good Enough” is a reflection of recognizing and accepting one’s flaws and eccentricities, and trying to come to terms with them while realizing that those very characteristics are the root of a lot of the struggle in one’s life. There’s a feeling of optimism about being honest with one’s self, but also a sense of forlorn, because it’s an isolating, lonely feeling, too. Musically speaking, it’s the band’s first ever “ballad” and was inspired by music like Wings, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Fleet Foxes, and George Harrison.
There are still limited edition copies of Color Wheel on LP, the band’s first vinyl release, available for pre-order: https://bit.ly/2wuxFrT. In addition, Aqueous has also released a CD pre-order bundle, containing a limited edition Color Wheel t-shirt and sticker with the purchase of the CD. That package can be ordered here: http://bit.ly/AQColorWheelCDBundle
Aqueous has also announced two new tour dates in December – a play in Covington, KY at Madison Live! on the 14th and at Woodlands Tavern in Columbus, OH on the 15th. Tickets for these newly announced dates are on sale now.
Additionally, there is a very limited allotment of “King For A Day” VIP tickets available to the 12/30 – 12/31 hometown New Year’s Eve run in Buffalo, NY. The “King For A Day” VIP Experience includes 1 General Admission ticket to Aqueous VIP private concert at Nietzsche’s 12/30; 1 General Admission ticket to see Aqueous at Town Ballroom on 12/31; early entry and a photo opportunity with Aqueous @ Town Ballroom on 12/31; 1 limited edition event poster signed by Aqueous; 1 audio download per night via Nugs.net; and 1 limited edition custom Aqueous VIP pin.
A full list of all upcoming tour dates can be found below with more information and ticket links available via the band’s website.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
10/6 – Roaring Ranch, PA – Liberty Pumpkin Ball
10/19 & 10/20 – St. Paul, MN – The Palace Theater >
10/24 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom ^
10/25 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge ^
10/26 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair ^
10/27 – Albany, NY – The Hollow ^
10/31 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory ^
11/1 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar ^
11/2 – Washington D.C. – Union Stage ^
11/3 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Fillmore ^
11/4 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry #
11/6 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall #
11/7 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House #
11/8 – Orlando, FL – The Social #
11/9 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits #
11/10 – Tampa, FL – The Crowbar #
11/14 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco #
11/15 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 #
11/16 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall #
11/17 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In #
11/28 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig +
11/29 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop
11/30 – Milwaukee, WI – The Miramar Theatre +
12/5 – Ft. Collins, CO – Hodi’s Halfnote ^
12/6 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall ^
12/7 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Old Town Pub ^
12/8 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre ^
12/11 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room $
12/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy $
12/13 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi $
12/14 – Covington, KY – Madison Live $
12/15 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern $
12/30 – Buffalo, NY – Nietzsche’s !
12/31 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom **
* w/ ELM
> w/ Umphrey’s McGee
^ w/ Mungion
+ w/ EGI
# w/ The Heavy Pets
$ w/ Goose
** w/ lespecial
! notes special VIP date; tickets cannot be purchased seperately