Chicago-based band The Claudettes will release their next record, Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium, on March 23 through Yellow Dog Records according to a new press release.
The album contains 12 new songs and is the band's third studio album, serving as the follow-up to their 2015 release No Hotel. But things have changed for the quirky rock band in the past three years; Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium is the first record to formally feature Berit Ulseth on vocals. Ulseth has been touring with the Claudettes for two years after the departure of their previous singer, but this album officially puts her into the spotlight. She joins bandleader Johnny Iguana (on piano), Zach Verdoorn (guitar and bass) and Matt Torre (drums). So even if music fans have heard The Claudettes before, they haven't been heard like this.
What has stayed the same is the band's combination of old and new, of a retro look and feel combined with some modern tongue-in-cheek humor and bite. Described in the press release as "a punk-blues brawl," Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium features songs with interesting hooks and more interesting variables. There are song titles like "Taco Night Material" and "Naked On The Internet," while Vandoorn actually yodels on the title track and massive drums make sure that the audience is definitely awake while listening to the record. Audiences looking for an album that will grab them by the ear and not let go will want to check out this record on March 23.
Following the record's release, The Claudettes have lined up a select number of spring 2018 tour dates throughout the Midwest, with stops in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan. So if audiences enjoy the album, you can be among the first to hear their new songs live and in person throughout April and early May.
April 04 - Worthington, OH - Natalie's
April 05 - Ferndale, MI - Otus Supply
April 06 - Yellow Springs, OH - Underdog Cafe
April 07 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
April 27 - Chicago, IL - Emporium Arcade
April 28 - Urbana, IL - Iron Post
May 04 - Rockford, IL - Mary's Place
May 05 - Madison, WI - North Street Cabaret
For more on The Claudettes, visit their official website.