Kalimur releases new album, begins DIY tour
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Connecticut rock band, Kalimur, recently released their second album, Redemption, and set up a complete DIY tour to visit new cities in the North East.
Vocalist Brett Steinberg, guitarist Alex Trouern-Trend and drummer Jonah Propfe unfortunately had to say goodbye to their bassist Tyler Berkich, since he is moving down south, but accepted a new touring bassist, Morgan Gammell. Steinberg said that although Berkich is their best friend, there is a silver lining with everything, and throughout their journey as a band, they’ve grown as musicians together.
Redemption, which was released on Jan. 25, explores “the idea of hope and that in the end, everything will be okay,” Steinberg said. He explained that the album’s overall message relates with the title, expressing the dichotomy of hope and tragedy. In a lot of songs, there is a constant thread of finding redemption through circumstances that are not ideal, and how to grow through these experiences, Steinberg said. Similar to Ghosts We Used to Know, Steinberg said that Redemption offers the idea of hope, but delves into how to pick up the pieces, gain perspective and learn from the past.
Out of the 11 track list, Steinberg said his favorite songs to play are tied between “Redemption,” with an electrifying breakdown and “Empty Hands,” with an intense bridge section. He said that during a show, these songs are the “peaks” of the night when the members get into an intense moment and all of the instruments are jamming out together.
Their tour will begin on May 10 in Providence, Rhode Island, where the band has never ventured to before, and run through May 21, stopping in New York, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut along the way. Steinberg explained that this tour is super exciting because Kalimur has never played in a lot of these cities before, so it’ll be a great experience to meet new fans and new musicians along the way.
Steinberg personally recruited each of the local bands in each city they are playing, making the tour very DIY-esque with self promotion and no touring bands. He explained that recruiting the bands was the most time-consuming part of planning because he had to reach out to artists and link schedules with bands who were available.
“I like it this way rather than having the venues recruit [the bands],” Steinberg said. “It gives us an easier time booking these venues if we do the promotion for them and it’s nice to know what we’re walking into.”
He said that it’ll be interesting to really see the bands he found online and get to rock out with them for a couple of hours. Although this is a very unconventional way to tour, Steinberg said it was a way to give the band the best opportunity to tour without much of a team backing them.
“People should come out because it’s cultivating – this kind of cool community of DIY artists – who in a sense, cut out the middle man and said, ‘I like music, you like music, lets collaborate on these shows and make them homegrown and special,'” Steinberg said. He explained that Kalimur likes creating this sense of community between both the bands and the audience who comes out.
At a Kalimur show, the members try to make sure everyone is having a great time. Steinberg said that as a fan of music himself, the reason he sees live concerts, besides the obvious reason of seeing music he enjoys, is because of the unity that brings everyone together in the room.
“As an artist in Kalimur, we’re trying to create that feeling at every show we play,” Steinberg said. “No matter how many people are there, we want to create that special night where we can be vulnerable and be joyous and we can really just sink into the sound and celebrate music for its best qualities-which is bringing people together and creating an experience that is so unique to that one night.”
In a way, the band is trying to create a sense of “magic.” Steinberg said at a show, he enjoys the moments when both the crowd and band is connected and unified. The audience is just as much, if not more of a spectacle than the artists themselves, Steinberg said, because the audience adds to the whole vibe of the show. He explained that sometimes, a crowd of 100 can be worse than a crowd of 20, depending on the energy, and he would rather have a small, exciting crowd, than a dull, sold-out show.
For new fans out there, or people who have never heard of Kalimur before, Steinberg wants them to know that their music is inherently emotional and passionate, which he said really comes across in their live shows.
“We tell stories in the songs as we’re playing them, and we physically play the song to the storyline we’re telling,” Steinberg said. “Through that, we’re really trying to connect with people. We make our shows about the people who are there too.” He said that each show is this immersive, collaborative experience and the members hope the audience can tap into the emotions they pour our of themselves in every performance.
After the tour, Kalimur has a few shows booked in New York City for the summer, but Steinberg said his main goal is to keep on writing and pushing himself and Kalimur’s members to create better music. Most of all, he said that he hopes Kalimur can keep coming back to these new cities after playing them and stay consistent, growing their fanbase even more.
Kalimur will be performing at Firehouse 13 in Providence, Rhode Island with local bands The Really Heavy, Bochek, and No Plateau on May 10 at 7 p.m. For tickets, tour dates, music and more, visit Kalimurband.com.