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Rainbow Kitten Surprise Releases New Track; Plays Orange Peel

“a genre-defying fusion of multi-faceted noise…Multiple harmonies coalesce into something curiously outlandish yet remarkably concise…yet completely accessible.” – CLASH  

Elektra Records North Carolina-based quintet Rainbow Kitten Surprise have released a new song “Holy War,” from their upcoming label debut album “HOW TO: FRIEND, LOVE, FREEFALL,” which arrives everywhere on Friday, April 6th. Listen to “Holy War” HERE and watch the accompanying music video, which premiered yesterday via CLASH, on Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s official YouTube channel HERE.

“The first demo I have for ‘Holy War’ is from December 2015,” says lead vocalist, Sam Melo.  “The lyrics were tongue-in-cheek, even a little humorous at the time.  Over the past few years, those same words have become more ominous – something that has caused me to wrestle with the value of passionate belief.”

Produced by GRAMMY® Award winner Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Sleeper Agent), “HOW TO: FRIEND, LOVE, FREEFALL” is available for pre-order now HERE. The album launch kicked off last month with the release of its first single, “Fever Pitch.” The track is accompanied by an equally rousing companion visual – watch HERE.

Hailed as one of the most eclectic and exciting live acts in recent memory, Rainbow Kitten Surprise will herald “HOW TO: FRIEND, LOVE, FREEFALL” with their biggest North American headline tour thus far. “The Friend, Love, Freefall Tour” gets underway March 29th and 30th with a very special two night stand at Atlanta, GA’s Terminal West and then travels the continent through mid-May (see attached itinerary). With tickets still on sale now, the tour has already sold out dates in 16 markets, upgraded venues in 5 cities and added second shows in Raleigh, New York, and Denver. For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.rksband.com/tour.

With their chilling harmonies, dynamic instrumentation, and introspective lyrics, Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s genre-defying sound takes equal influence from artists like Modest Mouse and Kings of Leon as it does Frank Ocean and Schoolboy Q. The Boone, NC-based band has proven an independent sensation, with over 75 million streams across digital platforms and over 45 sold out shows on their first U.S. headline tour.

2017 saw Rainbow Kitten Surprise lighting up the North American festival circuit with their always engaging live performances, including stand out sets at such events as Bonnaroo, Firefly, Shaky Knees, Hangout, Sasquatch, and Austin City Limits, among others. “Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s on stage presence and performance are second to none,” enthused The Huffington Post. “The band’s performance comes across as flurry of frenzied motion set to the sounds their own melodically guitar driven rock ’n’ roll that one simply can’t look away from.” Likewise, Paste Magazine raved how RKS frontman Sam Melo “…truly excels as a showman, selling every song with his undeniable stage presence and full-throated vocals,” and praised the band for “…earning every bit of their steadily swelling buzz.”

Rainbow Kitten Surprise is: Sam Melo (lead vocals); Darrick “Bozzy” Keller (guitar, vocals); Ethan Goodpaster (lead guitar, vocals); Charlie Holt (bass, vocals); Jess Haney (drums).

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29 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – SOLD OUT

30 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – SOLD OUT

31 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel – SOLD OUT



2 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm– SOLD OUT

3 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre– SOLD OUT

4 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore – UPGRADED VENUE

6 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz – SECOND SHOW ADDED

7 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz – SOLD OUT

8 – Washington, DC – The 9:30 Club – SOLD OUT

10 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel – SECOND SHOW ADDED

11 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel – SOLD OUT

12 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer – SOLD OUT

14 – Boston, MA – Royale – SOLD OUT

16 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall – UPGRADED VENUE

17 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre

18 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

20 – Nashville, TN – The Cannery – SOLD OUT

21 – Chicago, IL – Metro – SOLD OUT

23 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre – SOLD OUT

24 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

25 – Kansas City, MO – Madrid Theatre

27 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre – SECOND SHOW ADDED

28 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre – SOLD OUT

30 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot



1 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma – UPGRADED VENUE

3 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo – UPGRADED VENUE

4 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue – UPGRADED VENUE

5 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom – SOLD OUT

7 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

8 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore – SOLD OUT

10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

12 – San Diego, Ca – The Observatory – North Park

14 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

15 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole

17 – Austin, TX – Stubbs – UPGRADED VENUE

18 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater – SOLD OUT

19 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall



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