Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Toronto’s Poppy Seed to tour states on album that took thousands of studio hours spread over 15 years to complete.

First cultivated in era of grunge, psychedelic band’s sound now aligns perfectly with current era’s musical zeitgeist.


Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion (L-R): Steven Bromstein, Mitch Perkins, James Ansara, James Strachan. Photo Credit: Mike Dent.



“Look At You” is taken from the current album Beyond The Seventh Sun by Toronto-based band Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion.



Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion – On Tour

11/06 Brooklyn, NY The Basement (249 Varet St., Brooklyn) w/ Water Works, Weather Balloons
11/07 Frederick, MD Cafe Nola w/ Fractal Cat
11/09 Chapel Hill, NC The Cave w/ Zephyranthes    
11/12 Monroe, LA Live Oaks w/ Jig The Alien
11/13 Picayune, MS Voodoo Brew & Grill w/ Jig The Alien
11/14 New Orleans, LA Checkpoint Charlie’s w/ Jig The Alien
11/17 Louisville, KY The New Vintage
11/18 Memphis, TN The Buccaneer w/ Ori Naftali
11/19 Nashville, TN Springwater Supper Club w/ Bashful Hips
11/20 Chicago, IL Reggie’s w/ Nik Turner of Hawkwind, Killer Moon, The Hanging Gardens
11/21 Cleveland, OH Pat’s In The Flats w/ Still In Darkness, Milk and The Holy Waters


See & hear the full video album of Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion's Beyond The Seventh Sun here.

“Five different drummers appear in pursuit of the right vibe for each tune,” explains Steven Bromstein, leader of Toronto-based psychedelic rock act Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion. Bromstein goes on to amend the word “tune” to “monstrosity,” referring to the nearly non-ending sessions that turned the recording of the band’s epic Beyond The Seventh Sun album into a decade-and-a-half-long affair. Formed nearly 25 years ago, Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion started work on Beyond The Seventh Sun, the follow-up to its 1998 album Days Dream of You, in 2001.

“Tracks were originally laid down starting in 2001 and although they were quite unwieldy, they captured magical performances,” Bromstein continues. “The earliest years of the century then became occupied with parenting, but soon these rough bed tracks were gradually honed into Beyond The Seventh Sun over literally thousands of hours in the studio.”

While the album took longer to release than most bands stay together, Beyond The Seventh Sun arrived just in time. “Our aesthetic was a million miles from the zeitgeist of the era,” says Bromstein of the time in which the band initially formed. “I despised grunge and everything about it, but when I’d finally finished my leviathanic album, it seemed rather, serendipitous, that the time had caught up.”

With so many artists now mining the psychedelic and dream pop quarries for inspiration, it seems a better time for Poppy Seed to be doing what it’s doing than ever. Now with Bromstein’s son now old enough to not need him around all of the time, Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion will embark on a series of tour dates in the US, the band’s first shows here since 2000.

“We’re aspiring to play the rest of the US and Europe in the near future,” Bromstein says. The band has no plans to bring five drummers out on the road however! See below for a complete Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion tour itinerary.

Beyond The Seventh Sun by Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion is out now.  Band leader Steven Bromstein is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion
Beyond The Seventh Sun
(S/R, Out Now)

Track Listing:

01. Bales of Pot (VIDEO)
02. Mirror Mirror (VIDEO)
03. Shooting Stars (VIDEO)
04. Look At You (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3 | VIDEO)
05. In The Real (VIDEO)
06. The Comet (VIDEO)
07. Saw You Outside (VIDEO)
08. The Spell
09. Melt Away (VIDEO)


Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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