The Last Bison released their new video for their single “This Changes Everything, which premiered with Entertainment Weekly, ahead of a full Spring tour that kicks off tonight in Asheville. The cinematic DIY video was filmed by their frequent collaborator Leigh Burnette in black & white, and was shot in & around the group’s Triple R Ranch in Virginia, on the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp.
The band is touring in support of their Dorado EP that came out last Tuesday, and they’ll be in Austin for SXSW March 18-20. Dorado is the follow-up release to their 2014 full-length VA (album stream), and like the songs from VA, the new EP is full of more experimental percussive elements than their earlier work. Muted chimes and hammered banjo are blended with anthemic vocal harmonies, full strings, and explosive percussion in a way that transcends the folk sound into far more cinematic rock.
The Last Bison is a seven-member ensemble led by Ben Hardesty, and seemingly rose from the marshes of southeastern Virginia to captivate listeners in 2012 with a rare blend of folk that is poetically steeped in classical influences. The band is also a family affair, with Ben sharing the stage with his father and sister.
The bands' live shows transport audiences from typical music venues to another, less familiar era. Rich melodies accent unabashedly spiritual lyrics… and traditional folk instruments resonate with unexpected arrangements, sharing the musical space with lush family harmonies, classical strings, and powerful earthy percussion.
Upcoming Tour Dates
3/12 - Asheville, NC - New Mountain Theatre
3/13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
3/14 - Birmingham, AL - The Nick
3/17 - Dallas, TX - Prophet Bar
3/18 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Conscious Immaturity @ Shiner's Saloon, 1:30pm)
3/18 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Official Showcase @ Esther's Follies, 4:30pm)
3/19 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Rock Show For Kids charity event @ FADER Fort, 10:30am)
3/20 - Austin, TX - SXSW
3/22 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
3/23 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
3/24 - Los Angeles, CA - The Mint
3/25 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar
3/27 - Portland, OR - Dante’s
3/28 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern
3/29 - Boise, ID - The Linen Building (Treefort Music Festival)
3/31 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
4/02 - Ames, IA - The Maintenance Shop
4/03 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
4/06 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Café
4/07 - Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Winery
4/09 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
4/10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
4/11 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall