The Builders and the Butchers embark on summer U.S. tour

After a few weeks of listening to The Builders and the Butchers' Salvation Is a Deep Dark Well, I'm absolutely in love with the group's darkly-tinged folk rock. It's The Decemberists plus a strain of Great Depression sadness, or horror-flick fright, or Blood Meridian southwestern gore. Or maybe all of the above. There's something intrinsically uncomfortable about listening to the Portland group's unique melodies, but it's entrancing.

I recently drove south through Indiana on a camping trip, choosing local roads over interstate highways. The Builders and the Butchers provided the soundtrack as I passed by abandoned truck stops, collapsed barns and the ominous Benton County wind farm. Everything takes on a more sinister look with Salvation Is a Deep Dark Well playing, even in the sunshine of a fine early summer day. I highly recommend checking them out.

The Builders and the Butchers will be embarking on a U.S. summer tour in support of their new album, which is scheduled for release on June 30 through Gigantic Music. Dates found after the break.

* Illinois Supporting
Thursday 06/18 Portland Wonder Ballroom
Friday 06/19 Seattle Neumos
Wednesday 07/15 San Francisco Bottom of the Hill
Thursday 07/16 Visalia Cellar Door
Friday 07/17 Los Angeles Spaceland
Saturday 07/18 San Diego Casbah
Monday 07/20 Salt Lake Urban Lounge
Tuesday 07/21 Denver Larimer Lounge
Wednesday 07/22 Wichita Fischhaus
Thursday 07/23 Lawrence Replay Outside
Friday 07/24 St Louis Off Broadway with those darlins
Saturday 07/25 Cincinnati Mad Hatter
Monday 07/27 Cleveland Beachland
Tuesday 07/28 DC DC 9
Wednesday 07/29 Philadelphia Johnny Brendas
Thursday 07/30 Brooklyn Bell House
Friday 07/31 New York Pianos
Saturday 08/01 Boston TT the Bears
Monday 08/03 Detroit Pike Room
Tuesday 08/04 Pittsburgh Brillobox
Wednesday 08/05 Columbus Skully's
Thursday 08/06 Indianapolis Vollrath
Friday 08/07 Chicago Lollapalooza
Sunday 08/09 Madison High Noon TBA
Monday 08/10 Minneapolis 400 Bar
Wednesday 08/12 Missoula Palace