There is hope, however. The band just announced a 14-date tour starting in June and running through August with several stops across the U.S. What an opportunity for others to reconnect with their past while others discover their future. Dave Pirner's writing is overwhelmingly nervous, imperceptibly tragic, inconceivably ironic, and simply genius. Although the band is reportedly working on an album with a blind 2010 release date, their matter of course to simply play music seems to have inspired these summer tour dates. With 11 discs under the band's belt, and a re-formulated ensemble of talent, I'm crossing my fingers the hope that a new breed of fans will be born.
Soul Asylum possesses a bittersweet, incandescent sound, a sound truly amplified through the human connection by virtue of their live show. To embrace not only the band's live flaws but also the crowd's magnetic vivacity is comparable to a one-night stand — it's over too soon, but leaves memories that will last forever and could only be described, truly, if one had been there in the moment.
For tour dates please visit the band's official site. The band also just introduced Soul Asylum TV with rare performances (again not as intense unless you see them live!).