Published Dec 01, 2015Swollen Members always keep busy, whether that means convening for frequent new albums or releasing a steady stream of side-projects. Now, however, the prolific BC rappers are taking a moment to revisit their past by reissuing a couple of early albums.
The collective's first two albums, 1999's Balance and 2001's Bad Dreams, are each getting new and remastered CD pressings on January 29 through Battle Axe. These include brand new artwork from graffiti artist RISK.
There aren't any bonus tracks, but the CDs come with new liner notes that were designed specially for this release. There are also limited-edition, one-of-a-kind hand-painted versions from RISK, which are a little more pricy.
Additionally, Swollen Members are releasing these albums alongside a few unique merch items like a beer koozie, a flask and a dugout for your smoking needs. They're available separately or can be packaged together in a bundle. The merch items come out on the same day as the albums on January 29.
"I'm proud to be able to finally offer fans digitally remastered versions of the first two Swollen Members albums with all new artwork by legendary artist RISK," said the group's Madchild in a statement. "Fans constantly tell me how hard it is to find physical copies of both Bad Dreams and Balance because they've been out of print for such a long time. We took the time to put together a premium package for these two classic albums and offer something extra to longtime fans, and as well as offer a jumping on point for new fans that have never had a chance to be exposed to these records before."
That's the full bundle of items above. (Balance has the dark-shaded cover in the bottom right, while Bad Dreams is the one with colourful artwork in the top left.) See all of the options over at Swollen Members' online store.
As previously reported, Madchild has a long string of tour dates ahead of him and so does Swollen Members' Prevail, who is out repping his new Alpha Omega project.
Alpha Omega (Prevail x Neph) Tour dates:
12/02 Woodstock, ON - Illusions Nightclub
12/03 Barrie, ON - Foxx Lounge
12/04 Guelph, ON - Van Gogh's Ear/DSTRCT Guelph
12/05 London, ON - The Roosevelt Room
12/06 Hamilton, ON - Club Absinthe
12/10 Vancouver, BC - Fortune
12/11 Nanaimo, BC - Queens
12/12 Victoria, BC - TBA
Madchild Tour dates:
12/02 Stuart, FL - The Birdseye
12/03 West Palm Beach, FL - Propaganda
12/04 Satellite Beach, FL - Sports Page Live
12/05 Saint Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
12/06 Miami, FL - Churchill's w/ Necro
12/11 Newcastle, Australia - THE SMALL BALLROOM
12/12 Sydney, Australia - METRO THEATRE (all ages)
12/13 Brisbane, Australia - WOOLY MAMMOTH
12/16 Perth, Australia - AMPLIFIER
12/18 Melbourne, Australia - W4
12/19 Adelaide, Australia - FOWLERS LIVE (ALL AGES)
12/26 Surrey, BC - Olympia
12/27 Nanaimo, BC - Harbour City Theatre
12/29 Ketchum, ID - Whiskey Jacques
12/31 Regina, SK - The Pump Roadhouse
01/01 Lethbridge, AB - Inferno Nightclub
01/03 Clearwater, BC - Blackpool Community Hall
01/06 Fort McMurray, AB - The Den
01/07 Edmonton, AB - The Ranch Roadhouse
01/08 Calgary, AB - Nite Owl
01/09 Lloydminster, AB - Kooler Nightclub
01/10 Medicine Hat, AB - Liquid Niteclub @ Concert Venue
01/14 Saskatoon, SK - O'Brian's Event Centre
01/15 Brandon, MB - Trails West Inn
01/17 Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
01/20 Kingston, ON - Overtime Sports Bar
01/21 Ottawa, ON - Babylon Nightclub
01/22 Jonquiere, QC - Les 4 barils
01/23 Quebec City, QC - L'Anti
01/24 Sherbrooke, QC - Le Magog
01/28 Sydney, NS - TBD
01/29 Fredericton, NB - Klub Khrome
01/30 St John's, NL - Allure on George
02/03 Sarnia, ON - The Station Music Hall
02/04 Guelph, ON - District Nightclub
02/05 Windsor, ON - The Boom Boom Room
02/06 Toronto, ON - Rockpile West
02/09 Timmins, ON - Working Class
02/10 Timmins, ON - Working Class
02/12 Trois-Rivières, QC - Industrie
02/13 Montreal, QC - TRH BAR