Most commonly known as the quintessential Canadian break-beat-house trio, The New Deal kicks off their tour on Thursday, July 18 at Castaways in Ithaca, NY. After a much needed rest from life out on the road, bassist Dan Kurtz proclaims, “Our batteries are fully charged and we are ready to let the energy explode.” They are very excited to return with a 10-show run over the next month or so, and assure us that this tour will be action-packed because they are “busting at the seams to rock out.” They plan to mix the older originals in with their new material, and hope to come up with new ideas in the process. “Keeping the groove going is paramount to us,” Dan explains. Getting back on the road will certainly get the groove going, so expect good things from the Canadians this summer.

With their time away from touring, the band has been working in their studio on new tracks for their next album. Dan states, “We wanna make it kick-ass, so we cut back on the touring to concentrate our efforts in the studio.” He also says that they have been coming up with some great new material. The time off has also significantly benefited the band on a personal level, allowing them to reconnect with their lives at their respective homes. Additionally, it has helped them to develop a strong work ethic and philosophy. In Dan’s words: “[We aim to] work [while preserving] a semblance of a normal life, as much of a day job as touring is.” They take their craft very seriously, and treating it as a job keeps them productive. Currently there is no set date regarding the release of the album, because they aim to create as strong a final product as possible. The band feels that by taking a little extra time to perfect the new album, they can continue to please the ears and the dancing feet of their fans.

If your going to be in the Bay area on Sunday July 28th, (after Widespread Panic plays the Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA), make sure to check out Tribal Summit II feat: The New Deal, Dj's Andrew Jervis (Ubiquity Records), Tom Thump (Cosmic Flux), and Rollman (Sacrilicious) at the DNA Lounge, San Francisco.

Ubiquity Records own Andrew Jervis has long been known for his rare gift of picking dance music that elevates and educates. Mixing fresh two step beats, rare jazz dance classics, soulful samba and world grooves, Andrew's sets are soft sounding, but complex and challenging. This is no boring monotonous dance music, but rather a tapestry of sound from around the world and across the ages.

Complementing Jervis will be Tom Thump, a local stalwart who has been spinning for more than 20 years and owns more than 30,000 records. His versatility or rather "versability" to mix funk, house, jazz, punk, trance, drum and bass and trip hop have made him the chosen opener of legends like Tricky, Kruder and Dorfmeister and Femi Kuti.

Rounding out the fun is DJ Rollman a practitioner of psychedelic trance and house. Rollman will hold down the back lounge with his cohort AJ Medina favorites at the Sacrilicious Camp at Burning Man, these two simply know how to throw a good party. Don't miss out!!

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Ian Stone
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[Published on: 7/17/02]

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