Tourmaline

Tourmaline

 Verona, New Jersey, USA
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Earnest, American rock n' roll that recalls both classic rock without becoming cliche, 90's grunge without sounding dated, and indie rock without being inaccessible.

Biography

When faced with heartbreak, sometimes all we can do is cling to the hope for a better tomorrow. That hope is the crux of Tourmaline’s new album.

With musical roots spanning four decades, the New Jersey quintet harnesses the vibrant guitar and keyboard banter of Hunky Dory-era Bowie, entwined with the cathartic songwriting of My Morning Jacket and The Arcade Fire.

In the fall of 2009, just before Tourmaline was to write and record a new album, singer Matt Rauch’s father tragically passed away. While he dealt with the grief from his father’s passing, the band considered putting their studio plans on hold.

“We talked about it at length,” explains Rauch, “and decided that the best way to deal with all of these emotions was to channel them into a new Tourmaline record.” Courageous and poignant, the new songs grapple with heartache and the process of rebuilding and growing as a person from life’s experiences.

Tourmaline turned to Grammy-winning, multi-platinum producer Joe McGrath (Green Day, Morrissey, Ryan Adams) to help polish the new music. A full album will release in 2011, but in the meantime, the band is giving away the Save Me EP, a free three-song sampler to help spread their message of hope.

“It’s the end of an era now,
Keep holding on for better days,
If we take it slow, we’ll survive”
Tourmaline – “Lions” (from the Save Me EP)

Tourmaline’s last record, 2008’s The Swindle (also produced by McGrath) was described by one critic as “a Vietnam War-era album for the new millennium.” Touching on socially conscious issues such as pollution, the media, and the political situation of the time, it invited listeners to take a long, hard look at the status quo and what he or she could do to make a better world. In a sense, this new record is the other side of the coin, imploring listeners to look deep within themselves for strength in the face of adversity.

“We poured every ounce of heart and soul into these songs and I couldn’t be prouder,” says Rauch. “Let’s face it—these are tough times to live in, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by everything life throws at you. I hope that when people listen to Tourmaline, they reflect and realize they’re not alone.”

Discography

Strange Distress Calls (Universal) - 2005
Tour EP - 2006
The Swindle - 2008
Save Me EP - 2010
The Wreckage - 2011