Snarky Puppy have announced they will release their new studio album, Immigrance, on March 15 via their own label GroundUP Music. The effort follows up their Grammy-winning 2016 album Culcha Vulcha.

The new record was produced by Snarky Puppy founder and bandleader Michael League, whose recent studio work includes teaming up with David Crosby for last year’s Here If You Listen.

“The idea here is that everything is fluid, that everything is always moving and that we’re all in a constant state of immigration,” League says in a press release. “Obviously the album’s title is not without political undertones.”

League also explains Snarky Puppy’s commitment to including not only multiple genre influences but also multiple perspectives in their music, reflected by their revolving cast of musicians. On Immigrance, drummers Jamison Ross, Jason “JT” Thomas and Larnell Lewis switched off duties, even in the same songs, without overlapping.

“Whenever you feel a big change in the section of a song, just know that it’s another drummer playing: verse to chorus, different drummer; chorus to solo section, different drummer; solo section to bridge, different drummer,” League says. “But they do it so seamlessly and beautifully that you just notice, ‘Oh, that snare feels a little different,’ or ‘That rhythm has a different energy.’ It really brings new life into each section. The band itself is a representation of what we’re trying to express musically. That people from different places can bring their various strengths and experiences, and how that can be beautiful and cohesive.”

Listen to the first single from the new album, “Xavi,” below and pre-order Immigrance here. Snarky Puppy’s 2019 tour schedule, which can be viewed below, kicks off with their annual GroundUP Music Festival in Miami next month.




Snarky Puppy 2019 Tour Dates

Feb 8-10 – GroundUP Music Festival – Miami Beach, FL
Feb 23 – Walt Disney Concert Hall – Los Angeles, CA*
Feb 24 – UC Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, CA
Apr 15 – Powerstation – Auckland, NZ
Apr 16 – Opera House – Wellington, NZ
Apr 18-19 – Byron Bay Bluesfest – Bryon Bay, AUS
Apr 21 – Enmore Theatre – Sydney, AUS
Apr 24 – HQ – Adelaide, AUS
Apr 26 – The Forum – Melbourne, AUS
May 10 – The Strand Ballroom – Providence, RI
May 11 – The Music Hall – Portsmouth, NH
May 12 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
May 14 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
May 15 – Roxian Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
May 16 – Masonic Cleveland – Cleveland, OH
May 17 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
May 18 – The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
May 19 – Atomic Cowboy Pavillion – St. Louis, MO
May 23 – Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
May 24 – Orpheum – Madison, WI
May 25 – Palace Theatre – St. Paul, MN
May 28 – The Paramount – Seattle, WA
May 29 – Roseland Ballroom – Portland, OR
May 30 – Paramount Theatre – Oakland, CA
May 31 – Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
June 1 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
June 3 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
June 4 – The Commonwealth – Salt Lake City, UT
June 7 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO#
June 8 Mishawaka Amphitheater – Mishawaka, CO
June 11 – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – Kansas City, MO
June 12 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
June 13 – Pisgah Brewing Company – Black Mountain, NC
June 14 – DC Jazz Festival @ The Anthem – Washington DC
June 15 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
June 24 – Vienna Jazz Festival – Vienna, Austria
July 6 – Love Supreme Festival – Glynde, UK

*with special guest The Los Angeles Philharmonic
#with Michael Franti & Spearhead and Victoria Canal