The Black Queen (feat. Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan) Announce New Album ‘Infinite Games’

The Black Queen, the unbridled experimental electronic-meets-alternative trio of Greg Puciato (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) and Steven Alexander Ryan (Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle technician), return with their sophomore album, Infinite Games, on Sept. 28th.

The 10-track album also marks the debut release to come from the band’s newly formed creative entity, Federal Prisoner, a joint collective between the band members and acclaimed fine artist Jesse Draxler (creator of the artwork for both Fever Daydream and Infinite Games). While the partners are keeping their plans for Federal Prisoner under wraps, the enterprise will serve as the creative homestead for the foursome, with future releases already in the works. “Federal Prisoner won’t function like a typical label,” says Puciato. “It’s an expression of passion and individualism in a way that opens more doors for us to create and to own what we create with minimal compromise. It’s as much an act of refusal as it is a statement of intent. We won’t be working within the current industry blueprint of premieres, ‘instant grat tracks’ or any of that nonsense. We’re concentrating on the music, videography and packaging, an aural and visual experience. It’s exciting to create our own path.”

Infinite Games follows a host of emotional moments for the band members, from Puciato’s Polish bus accident, the demise of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Eustis’ return to Telefon Tel Aviv, and a robbery of the trio’s storage space. It was these events that informed Infinite Games. Eustis, Puciato and Ryan seized the opportunity to rebuild and create their own studio, giving them a spot to regularly convene, to follow kernels of ideas to fruition (or not) and to re-cement their friendship that’s often been sidelined by touring with other outfits.

“This time, we learned how to do everything ourselves,” explains Puciato, discussing what’s changed since the band’s debut, Fever Daydream. “There’s less uncertainty and more confidence. I’m speaking both about the artistic and business aspect of creating and releasing an album. As for what’s changed with Infinite Games, I think it feels more conceptual as an album. It’s less a collection of songs and more about the front to back listen. Probably because it wasn’t compiled over a four-year span of time like the last one. This one is actually hookier but more insidious, it’s a more delicate record.”

Infinite Games pre-orders are available now via theblackqueen.bandcamp.com. Vinyl, cassette and CD are highly limited with several variations already sold out since they announced the album exclusively to their fanbase earlier today.

 

Infinite Games tracklist:

1. Even Still I Want To
2. Thrown Into the Dark
3. No Accusations
4. Your Move
5. Lies About You
6. Impossible Condition
7. Spatial Boundaries
8. 100 to Zero
9. Porcelain Veins
10. One Edge of Two

The Black Queen tour dates:

September 15  New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
September 23  Chicago, IL Metro
September 28  Los Angeles, CA  1720

October 5  Bristol, UK  Thekla
October 7  Glasgow, UK  SWG3 Studio Warehouse
October 8  Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
October 9  Manchester, UK  Deaf Institute
October 10  Nottingham, UK  Nottingham Contemporary
October 11  London, UK Bush Hall
October 12  Tilburg, Netherlands  Poppodium 013
October 15  Sint-Niklaas, Belgium  Sint-Niklaas De Casino
October 16  Frankfurt, Germany  Zoom
October 18  Cologne, Germany  Blue Shell
October 19  Paris, France  Supersonic
October 20  Milan, Italy  Legend 54
October 22  Vienna, Austria  B 72
October 23  Munich, Germany  Backstage Halle
October 24  Leipzig, Germany   Werk 2
October 25  Prague, Czech Republic  Chapeau Rouge
October 26  Warsaw, Poland  Klug Hybrydy
October 27  Berlin, Germany  Gretchen
October 28  Hamburg, Germany  Nochtspeicher
October 30  Copenhagen, Denmark  Stengade
October 31  Oslo, Norway  Parkteatret
November 1  Stockholm, Sweden  Nalen
November 3  St. Petersburg, Russia  Mod Club
November 4  Moscow, Russia  16 Tons

January 18  Sydney, Australia  Landsdowne Hotel
January 19  Melbourne, Australia  Northcote Social Club