Aqueous announce the release of a new live album, Element Pt. I, out now. Featuring highlights from the band’s Spring 2017 tour, the collection is the first installment of an ongoing live series. For this release, the band went directly to their fans and cataloged personal highlights to figure out which jams and song versions were worthy of inclusion. According to Aqueous guitarist, Mike Gantzer, “When we’re in the studio we tend to focus deeply on song structure, composition, lyrical content/depth etc, but for the live release, we wanted to put a spotlight on some of the longer and more exploratory improvisations that we’ll do within songs when we perform them live.”
The track listing of Element Pt. I spans across the diverse and ever-growing catalog of Aqueous, including a version of previously unreleased track, “Second Sight,” a song only recently added into live rotation. The version of “Aldehyde” chosen for the new live release features saxophonist Nick Gerlach, a special treat for a band who rarely performs onstage with a horn section. The compilation concludes with fan-favorite, “Kitty Chaser (Explosions),” from 2014’s Cycles, chosen for it’s deep explorative improv section. Each track featured on the record was recorded at a different stop along the tour: “The Median” (Lawrence, KS), “Second Sight” (Portland, ME), “Aldehyde” (Denver, CO), “Warren In The Window” (Omaha, NE), “Staring Into The Sun” (Columbus, OH) and “Kitty Chaser” (Morgantown, WV).
Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Aqueous continues to expand their national touring schedule alongside some of the top acts in live music. The band was formed in 2007 by members Mike Gantzer (Guitar/Vocals), David Loss (Guitar/Keys/Vocals) and Evan McPhaden (Bass) bringing the last piece of their puzzle, Rob Houk (Drums/Vocals), on during later years. This summer, Aqueous will accompany Umphrey’s McGee on the road for a few dates, as well as make appearances at Summer Camp Music Festival, Peach Music Festival and the inaugural Canyon Jam.
5/18 – Bedford, PA – Domefest
5/19 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion *
5/20 – Terra Alta, WV – Domefest
5/25 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival
5/26 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival
5/28 – Clarks Grove, MN – Revival Music Festival
6/8 – Stephentown, NY – Disc Jam Music Festival
6/15 – Artemas, PA – Mad Tea Party Jam
6/29 – Eureka Springs, AR – Highberry Music Festival
7/2 – Chicago, IL – Live on Lincoln
7/7 – New York, NY – Central Park SummerStage NYC *
7/9 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage *
7/15 – Buffalo, NY – Cobblestone Live
7/16 – Buffalo, NY – Cobblestone Live
7/20 – Cascade, WV – Deep Roots Mountain Revival
7/28 – Burlington, VT – Tumble Down
8/11 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater *
8/12 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival
8/17 – Pittsboro, NC – The BIG What?
9/9 – Bellvue, CO – Canyon Jam
* w/ Umphrey’s McGee