Hot on the heels of their debut Good Morning America performance, SOFI TUKKER have released their new single “Purple Hat”. The single is exemplary of what made the world fall in love with the group, a joyous paean to communal dancing and letting your freak flag fly with a monster riff and playfully adventurous production. The song is featured on their forthcoming EP DANCING ON THE PEOPLE (Out Sept. 20th), and the EP’s title is pulled from the lyrics. The group says, “We wrote 'Purple Hat' the day after our first Animal Talk party. We started throwing these parties to bring back the wild and inclusive dancing vibe to the nightclub experience. Tuck was literally wearing a purple hat and a cheetah print shirt, people were climbing on top of people, it was over sold out and sweaty, our favorite people were packed in the booth, everyone was loose af and feeling themselves. It was wild. Every Animal Talk party since then has been like that and we wanted to capture that raw feeling in a song. If there was a song that included everything we are about, this would be the one."
The DANCING ON THE PEOPLE EP is the follow up to SOFI TUKKER’s GRAMMY nominated debut album Treehouse. The group recently shared another track from the EP, “Swing”, a crowd favorite at their live shows. A dramatic widescreen string arrangement befitting of Wagner starts off “Swing” and gives way to a relentless rhythm that is almost martial at times as the duo trades verses in Brazilian Portuguese adapted from a poem by their longtime collaborator Chacal. The group worked with director Charles Todd of Scheme Engine, who previously directed “Fantasy” and has collaborated with Jay-Z, Troye Sivan and Harry Styles, for the epic ”Swing” video. The group invites you deeper into their fantastical world as they embody warriors battling each other in a mountaintop arena, sharpening their super-natural powers with an incantation from a mystical book. "Swing" was shot on location at Centro Ceremonial Otomí in Temoaya. Nestled in the picturesque mountains of Toluca, Mexico, the ceremonial square was erected in 1980 as a tribute to the Otomi people and culture by then governor of Mexico, Jorge Jiménez Cantú.
The R.I.P. Shame World Tour will bring the duo across North America and Europe following the EP release this fall. Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern are on "a mission to kill shame one loose dance party at a time," with Australian dance outfit Haiku Hands and DJ/producer LP Giobbi supporting all North American dates. Tickets for all tour dates are on sale now.
Where past tours have raised tens of thousands of dollars for Planned Parenthood and the Trevor Project, for the R.I.P. Shame World Tour the duo will be supporting The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and their local affiliates. $1 from each ticket sold on each US stop of the tour will go to support them and their programs and services through PLUS1. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. For the Vancouver show, $1 from each ticket sold will go to support Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA)'s Native Youth Health and Wellness Centre, providing culturally-relevant, welcoming, accessible health and wellness services to Indigenous youth. The centre is a safe, accessible health clinic, where Indigenous youth can feel comfortable seeking support for their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. And in Calgary, $1 from each ticket sold with go to a local organization that supports mental health initiatives, bringing dignity, equity, and access to communities who need it.
More about SOFI TUKKER:
SOFI TUKKER is the genre-defying duo of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern celebrated for their inclusive and global perspective on electronic music and their work's themes of liberation, unity, and self-empowerment. Their debut single "Drinkee" was nominated for a Best Dance Recording Grammy,® which was followed by a Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy® nomination for their debut album Treehouse. SOFI TUKKER's records have achieved Gold or Platinum status on every continent other than Antarctica. Their electric and energetic live show has sold out venues and graced major festival stages across the planet, and SOFI TUKKER has also performed on major TV shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (USA), X-Factor (Italy), Sunday Brunch (UK), Late Show (Russia) and BuzzRhythm (Japan). SOFI TUKKER are also passionate activists who have raised funds and awareness for Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, and the March for Our Lives.
North American Headline Tour:
10/2: Calgary, AB @ The Palace
10/4: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/6: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/7: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
10/9: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
10/10: Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
10/13: Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
10/15: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
10/16: Austin, TX @ Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/17: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10/19: New Orleans, LA @ The Joy Theater
10/21: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
10/23: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/24: Brooklyn, NY @ Avant Gardner Great Hall
11/17: Mexico City, MX @ Corona Capital