Seratones return with new album Love & Alogorhythms - UK release 27th May 2022 via New West Records

"Part X-Ray Spex, part Janelle Monae...the best new pop voice I’ve heard in years" - The Arts Desk


"Will leave you feeling more elated and euphoric after a single spin" - American Songwriter


"[Vocalist] AJ Haynes is the band’s best asset, lighting these songs on fire" - Pitchfork


"Led by a singer with the strutting star power of the punk she is at heart" - NPR


"The kind of songwriting nous that doesn’t come around all that often" - NME


"When the end times are nigh, it’s best to go out dancing" - Billboard


"A sizzling slice of punk-funk"- Rolling Stone


Shreveport, Louisiana's SERATONES Return With New Album LOVE & ALGORHYTHMS


UK Release 27th May 2022 via New West Records


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Announce Tour Dates Including SXSW + Dates w/ FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS + ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES

Shreveport, Louisiana’s Seratones—fronted by the gospel-trained powerhouse frontwoman and activist A.J. Haynes—have returned with the announcement of their third album Love & Algorhythms, released in the UK on 27th May 2022 via New West Records.


Along with the album announcement comes Love & Algorhythms’ celestial burst of a lead single, 'Good Day', which is out now.


The track, alongside its breezy music video, signals Seratones’ triumphant return, with Haynes’ thrilling falsetto lifting to the skies on a neon flutter. “Do you really want to get better?/ Do you really want to get well?” she sings, as Travis Stewart’s super ball bass line bouncing through the mix. Written in part as homage to novelist Toni Cade Bambara, the track blends Black gospel vocals and polyrhythms with roots spread throughout the African diaspora to produce an effervescent immediacy.


The new album follows on from Seratones' breakout debut and second records, which found the band performing on CBS Saturday Morning, NPR Music’s Tiny Desk, and more.


Now, three years later, Seratones dive into the joyful struggle to find pleasure in a world designed to destroy you on Love & Algorhythms, which was produced by Paul Butler at Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas. With themes ranging from Black feminism, Afrofuturism, astrology, and the struggles rooted in Haynes’ work as a counselor in one of Louisiana’s last-standing abortion clinics, Haynes says, “This is a protest album built on the form of protest I’m most interested in at this moment: getting present and sitting through difficult things with abundant joy.”


Throughout the record Haynes & co. explore the many different paths towards revolution—the kind of complex, disruptive, personal revolutions that can open transformative portals to a better future.


Over the years, the band have also become known for their powerhouse live shows, and have previously toured with the likes of Charles Bradley, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Black Pumas, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and more.


The band recently announced a string of spring tour dates including stops at SXSW and June tour dates with Fitz and The Tantrums and St. Paul & The Broken Bones (see below for listings).



LOVE & ALGORHYTHMS TRACK LISTING:


01 - Two of a Kind

02 - Pleasure

03 - Love & Algorhythm

04 - Good Day

05 - I’ll Be

06 - Evidence (Poem Interlude)

07 - Get Free

08 - Dark Matter

09 - Get Your Shit Together, Babe

10 - Power of Your Light

11 - High


SERATONES US TOUR DATES:


Mar 5 Denton, TX - She Rock 2022 Festival

Mar 15 - 20 Austin, TX - SXSW

Apr 23 Waverly, AL - Standard Deluxe Festival

May 7 New Orleans, LA - JAZZ Fest - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival May 13 New York, NY - WFUV Party at City Winery Pier 57

Jun 1 Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit *

Jun 3 Nashville, TN - Ascend Amp *

Jun 4 Wilmington, NC - Riverfront Amp *

Jun 5 Richmond, VA - Meadowbrook Park *

Jun 7 Burlington, VT - Shelburne Museum Green *

Jun 8 Portland, ME - Thompson's Point *

Jun 10 New Haven, CT - Westville Bowl *

Jun 11 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony *

Jun 12 Bethlehem, PA - Steelstacks *


* with Fitz and The Tantrums + St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Seratones online:


https://www.instagram.com/seratones/

https://www.facebook.com/seratonesofficial

https://twitter.com/seratones

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYq-NrF41lyZqEBygj_8VHA

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7D9TOQJq1HnpnQZlNNYWqc?si=hWFvGVvaS4CHZ5dDJrlE2Q&nd=1


More on Seratones + Love & Algorhythms:


Love & Algorhythms emerges from a duality of desire: urging the listener to start repairing their world and being a part of that artful change itself. After growing from the punk and rock world, folding soul and R&B into their sound, and now exploring the synthesis of electronic music, the new album from the Shreveport, Louisiana-based funk-soul-rock group unfurls in unexpected twists and turns.


The follow up to their acclaimed 2019 album, Power, is a powerful step forward in its ability to blend undeniably personal lyrics and an entire universe of conceptual influences into a statement of insistent joy. “I've learned from watching my grandmother, my great-grandmother, from reading bell hooks and being immersed in Audre Lorde's writings,” Haynes says. “There's a whole lineage within Black feminism of centring pleasure and centring joy as a means to liberation, and I feel very privileged to have my art richly rooted in Black feminism.”


Working with producer Paul Butler not only helped the band unlock a richer sound, he proved the perfect complement for Haynes’ interest in astrology, divination, and manifestation practices. As the band wrote, Haynes assigned each song on the album a different cosmic element and, along with Butler, they explored what that astral connection could mean. “‘Good Day’ is Mars, the planet of urgent sex, hence the demanding tone: turn off your phone and get present, turn me on, get out of the cerebral and into your body,” Haynes says. “These drums can also be a warning—that we are willing to fight to protect what is worth saving, to love our community fiercely. When I was tracking vocals for the bridge, I sang so hard that I got a headache!”


That concept of relentless self-nurturing and engagement proved especially crucial. With COVID lockdowns approaching just as Seratones returned home at the end of the tour for their last studio album (2019’s rapturous Power), the group were forced at first to plan and write over Zoom. Combining those sessions with her work as a counselor at one of the last abortion clinics in Louisiana proved especially taxing for Haynes. And while music offered her a joyful escape, she trusts that Love & Algorhythms can do the same for listeners.


Seratones urge you to move joyfully in the moment, and parsing that movement through astrology, Black feminism, and Afrofuturism proved redemptive for Haynes. “The really valuable part of the creative process is being present in challenging times, being able to tap into something that people need to hear versus something that is just for the sake of it,” she says. “There’s this American ideal of the pursuit of happiness, but I don’t want to chase happiness. I want bliss and wholeness. This world we've created, that we were able to discover through working through ourselves—I want to sit in this world longer.”