THE CRITICALS RELEASE NEW SINGLE BELMONT
TORONTO, ON – June 28, 2023 – Nashville-based indie rock band, The Criticals, (Parker Forbes and Cole Shugart), have released their new single, Belmont, today. Listen here. The single also arrives with a companion music video, directed by Daniel Chaney, watch here. The song is a love letter to their hometown of Nashville and captures both the idleness of youth and independent spirit running through the city’s Belmont Hillsboro neighbourhood. The band recently signed to Fantasy Records and announced their debut EP for the label titled, Front Door Confrontations, out July 21. The EP also features their recently released single, Clever Girl.
The Criticals on Belmont: “Back in 2018, Nashville was very different than it is now. The rest of the country was just starting to consider moving here but hadn’t pulled the trigger quite yet. It was an untouched, innocent, and inexpensive place. Especially the underground music scene, house shows and backyard parties til 5am because none of us could play at the actual clubs. Belmont is a vivid description of the community we were all immersed in at that time of our lives. It was so electric and so real.”
Friends for more than a decade, having first met as children at music camp - Forbes and Shugart logged time together in Nashville’s wild DIY rock scene. The two musicians quite simply feed off one another’s energy and not only has it made for a close friendship, but an incomparable musical partnership that blends tuneful classicism and indie-rock thrash into a seductive, unforgettable mix. Now, following a pair of highly-regarded EPs — 2019’s Mimosa Hygiene and the following year’s Sour Grapes — not to mention a steady diet of raucous live shows, the band is set to release their most accomplished work yet with Front Door Confrontations.
Since officially forming in 2018, The Criticals have proven themselves a powerful duo — one with both a diverse musical appetite in their songwriting and a whiplash live show that’s drawn sellout crowds in major US markets including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The band will be on tour throughout the summer and fall. Highlights include a hometown show at The Basement East in Nashville on August 2, Barboza in Seattle on September 12, Brick & Mortar in San Francisco on September 15, and The Echo in Los Angeles on September 18. Full tour dates are listed below.
UPCOMNING TOUR DATES:
July 8 - Pleasantville Music Festival - Pleasantville, NY
July 9 - The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls Theatre - Millvale, PA
July 11 - Open Chord Music - Knoxville, TN
July 14 - A&R Music Bar - Columbus, OH
August 2 - The Basement East - Nashville, TN
September 5 - Uptown Theatre Encore Room - Kansas City, MO
September 7 - Vultures - Colorado Springs, CO
September 8 - Lost Lake - Denver, CO
September 10 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
September 12 - Barboza - Seattle, WA
September 13 - Polaris Hall - Portland, OR
September 15 - Brick & Mortar - San Francisco, CA
September 17 - Goldfield Trading Post - Sacramento, CA
September 18 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
September 20 - House of Blues Voodoo Room - San Diego, CA
September 21 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ