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You heard it here first – Aqueous releases “Wave I” of Color Wheel tracks and rolls forward with “Give bAQ” river cleanup effort

It’s not often that you come across a celebrated local band that is dropping a new LP, while embarking upon a cleanup effort of a WNY waterway. But that’s exactly what Aqueous is all about. After all, the name of the band literally translates to “of or containing water”. So it should come as no surprise that band members would want to create a big splash in the local music scene, while helping out in the environmental aquatic realm.

But before we get into the waterfront cleanup, let’s discuss another significant music milestone for the band. The last time that Aqueous released a full-length studio record was back in 2014, with the album Cycles. Now, the band is about to premiere a new release titled Color Wheel, which will also be pressed in vinyl much to the happiness of the band’s devoted fans.

The Color Wheel LP is anticipated to “hit the shelves” on October 12, 2018. Followers of the quartet will find that there is an underlying maturity pervasive within the lyrics, that is reflected in the riffs. Band members agree that there has been an emotional shift in the way that they approach the songwriting aspect.

Color Wheel feels like a step forward for the band in every way,” shares Aqueous guitarist/keyboardist David Loss. “We tapped into a distinctly more emotional and purposeful space when writing it, and there’s a raw honesty throughout the album’s lyrics and themes that I think a lot of people can relate to. Though some of those themes are a little heavier, there’s a constant thread of hopeful optimism that we hope people will really connect with. Musically, the band has evolved and Color Wheel finds us exploring some new and very exciting musical lanes.”

Today, Buffalo Rising viewers are being given an exclusive taste of the first of three waves to be released, before the Wave I EP officially releases digitally tomorrow. There will be 2 more Waves released in advance of the formal LP.  Anyone looking to get their hands on the vinyl LP can preorder by clicking here (release date is October 12, 2018). 

Take a listen!

The band shared the following info about each of the tracks:

  • “‘Second Sight’ deals with the concept of doing everything one can to put aside petty differences and looking for those linings of hope and connection that every human inherently shares, despite living in such divided times. It’s also about appreciating and feeling grateful just to be alive and using that level of gratitude to try to shed cynicism; it’s about connecting with people and recognizing each of our roles in the division and working towards bridging those gaps where possible.”
  • “‘How High You Fly’ is a tribute to a friend we lost to the grips of addiction. The song, lyrically and musically (re-worked entirely for Color Wheel), represents the concept of this person, after passing away, finally being free of their worldly struggle and suffering from addiction; how they could somehow “start again” unshackled by that experience. It goes on to conceptualize that they could, in some way, even connect with other people they knew in life that also passed, but ultimately recognizes that this thought might simply be a comfort to those still here, dealing with the loss themselves.”
  • “‘Realize Your Light’ is a hopeful message of positivity that life is far too short to not live it to the fullest potential, and that if one can recognize their purpose, they could likely achieve anything. It considers the idea that regardless of one’s circumstance, where they have been, and where they are going, that somewhere in the struggle, there’s a path and a calling out there for each person.”

Adding to the hype surrounding the album drop, the band has also announced that it will be embarking upon its most extensive headlining tour to date.

Oh, and let’s not forget that the band members are joining together with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper at Cazenovia Park on Saturday, September 15. The cleanup effort is being promoted as the “Give BAQ” River Cleanup. On that day, the community is invited to help pick up litter and debris along the water’s edge. For those interested in meeting up with the band, to help beautify Buffalo, simply show up at 10am and join together with Team AQ to pitch in*. As we are all readily aware, our waterways are in need of a good cleaning, especially in the spring and in the fall. Now, it’s your chance to do a good deed, meet the members of Aqueous, and show your support for the environment and Buffalo’s energized music scene.

*With a donation of $20 you’ll receive a Give BAQ t-shirt, with all profits going to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. Please be advised this is a rain or shine event. More details to follow. Visit this Facebook event to learn more. 

Color Wheel:
1. Second Sight
2. How High You Fly
3. Realize Your Light
4. Split The Difference
5. Color Wheel
6. Good Enough
7. Half In, Half out
8. Weight Of The Word (feat. Turkuaz Horns)
9. Mandela Effect
10.  In It (For Me)

Upcoming Tour Dates:

9/7 – Utica, NY – Saranac Brewery **
9/20 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music and Arts Festival
9/21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater *
10/6 – Roaring Ranch, PA – Liberty Pumpkin Ball
10/19 & 10/20 – St. Paul, MN – The Palace Theater >
10/24 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom ^
10/25 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge ^
10/26 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair ^
10/27 – Albany, NY – The Hollow ^
10/31 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory ^
11/1 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar ^
11/2 – Washington D.C. – Union Stage ^
11/3 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Fillmore ^
11/4 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry #
11/6 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall #
11/7 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House #
11/8 – Orlando, FL – The Social #
11/9 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits #
11/10 – Tampa, FL – The Crowbar #
11/14 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco #
11/15 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 #
11/16 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall #
11/17 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In #
11/28 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig +
11/29 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop
11/30 – Milwaukee, WI – The Miramar Theatre +
12/5 – Ft. Collins, CO – Hodi’s Halfnote ^
12/6 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall ^
12/7 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Old Town Pub ^
12/8 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre ^
12/11 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room $
12/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy $
12/13 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi $

** w/ moe.
* w/ ELM
> w/ Umphrey’s McGee
^ w/ Mungion
+ w/ EGI
# w/ The Heavy Pets
$ w/ Goose

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