November must be official rock-duo month in St. Paul. Local H, 7Horse, and now 93X and Live Nation present cleopatrick at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall on November 17th. Luke Gruntz is the singer/guitarist and produces a heavy sound on his Les Paul. His lifelong buddy, Ian Fraser, handles the drums. Get your ticket now so you can stake claim to seeing these young Canadians in a smaller venue before they really hit it big. If you like Highly Suspect and Royal Blood this is a band you are going to love. I’m sure you will recognize their breakthrough hit ‘hometown’.
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The band has a cool story in that Luke and Ian (now 21) have been best friends since the they were four, starting preschool together in the small town of Cobourg, Ontario. Maybe that’s the meaning behind the small ‘c’ in cleopatrick and how they use all lowercase letters for their song titles. It’s unique that they include plenty of birthday party footage in their music videos and you can recognize the older version of the boys now. You will even find some elementary classroom pictures like we all remember. The boys actually started out as a Highly Suspect cover band and later had a chance to open for them. But now they have grown into their own sound and released ten songs contained on the four-track EP ’14’ and the six-track EP ‘the boys.’ They played at 2018’s Lollapalooza and just completed the 13-show European leg of their Youth Tour that started in Paris and took them through Germany and the UK. They currently are on the North American portion of the tour, traveling eastward with 25 stops, the last being close to home in Toronto.
cleopatrick is trying to draw the youth of today to rock music with slogans like “f— what you thing rock is, it’s different now.” Although their music is, without doubt, some awesome rock music, they don’t necessarily like being categorized as a rock band. You see, both guys are big hip hop fans and admire that these artists are willing to speak their minds and aren’t afraid to share their feelings in lyrics. They maintain this is what made rock-n-roll so invigorating when it was still a young genre. I’m sure they would love to see plenty of the younger generation attend their 7pm all-ages show at the Amsterdam and give their music a chance. All images and reports from their recent shows in Europe and the States say they put on one heck of a live show. And the youth have been out in force.
Here’s their most recent video for ‘daphne did it’ which video graphs how they invited their closest friends and biggest fans and bussed them to a private party.
Opening band Northern National released their debut EP, The New Age, in the fall of 2016 and have never looked back. The Dallas, Texas- based four-piece has toured with acts such as Blue October, The Unlikely Candidates and The Band Camino and shared the stage with more. The New Age features five indie-rock gems, including their debut single, Love is Fire, and their heartfelt love song Dallas. Fresh off of their tour with Blue October, Northern National partnered with producer Dwight Baker (Missio) in Austin, Texas. Together they crafted their second EP titled D.A.R.K. which released in June of 2018. Their single Slow Down might be their most radio friendly song to date. Opening with a chorus of “Woahs” and a foot stomping beat that’s sure to get stuck in your head, you will be singing along before the first verse even starts.
cleopatrick Youth Tour dates:
10-17 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore
10-18 Seattle, WA – The Funhouse
10-19 Portland, OR – The Waypost
10-20 San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah
10-21 Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place
10-24 Los Angeles, CA – The Resident
10-25 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
10-26 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
10-27 Las Vegas, NV – Evel Pie
11-08 Cleveland, OH – The Cambridge Room
11-09 Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi
11-10 Detroit, MI – The Shelter
11-11 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
11-13 Denver, CO – Hi Dive
11-15 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
11-16 Chicago, IL – Chop Shop
11-17 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar
11-29 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
11-30 Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
12-01 Washington, DC – Songbyrd
12-04 Boston, MA – Hojoko
12-05 Montreal, QC – L’Esco
12-06 Ottawa, ON – House of Targ
12-07 Kingston, ON – The Mansion
12-08 Toronto, ON – The Jam Factory
12-09 Toronto, ON – The Jam Factory (show added)