RNDM, featuring Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament along with Joseph Arthur and Richard Stuverud, have set an October 30th release date for their debut album, "Acts", in CD, vinyl LP and digital formats. The band will also be hitting the road for a North American tour.
Fans can get a taste of what's to come with the release of a video for the first single off "Acts", "Modern Times". silent film style video here which was shot on a rooftop in Brooklyn all in one day and shows the band's transformation into RNDM. Watch it below.
Joseph Arthur comments about the making-of and concept for the video: "The video acts as an introduction to the band. I had the idea about us shaving our heads when I was in Mexico and figured Jeff and Richard wouldn't be into it but much to my chagrin they were! But instead of shaved heads Jeff suggested mohawks. I've never had a mohawk so I figured it would be an exercise in abandoning vanity in front of the camera."
Arthur continues: "One thing I didn't know, which I learned the day of, is that Jeff's dad is a barber so Jeff is an expert with the sheers. In the end we didn't look half bad. Originally we were gonna have silent movie style footage acting out the story of our transformation. Ehud (the director) and I spent an evening writing a treatment and Jeff added to it later. There were quite a few ideas we never got to including girls in orange bikinis and baseball with oranges but in the end we just lived in the moment and it flowed so easily we were done in a few hours. Ehud edited the very next day and no one changed a thing. To me it's a video about a band saying hello to the world and having a whole lotta fun in the process. PS. Those masks are all Jeff! We hope you dig it."
In support of "Acts", RNDM will embark on an 18-date North American tour, which kicks off November 2nd in Brooklyn, NY and ends November 27th in Seattle, WA.
RNDM North American Tour Dates:
11/02 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
11/03 - Washington, D.C. - The Black Cat
11/04 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11/07 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
11/08 - New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
11/09 - Montreal, QC - Théâtre Corona
11/10 - Ottawa, ON - Algonquin Theater
11/11 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Place
11/13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11/14 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
11/15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11/16 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
11/18 - Boulder, CO - The Fox Theatre
11/21 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11/23 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
11/25 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11/26 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
11/27 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market