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Crack Cloud sign to Jagjaguwar and announce their new album, Red Mile

15 May 2024, 15:00 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Jagjaguwar herald the arrival of Canadian art punks Crack Cloud. The band have announced their new album, Red Mile, alongside new single, "Blue Kite".

Of the new single, Zach Choy says: "Blue Kite was written with a cultural intersection in mind. In Canada in the early 00’s we grew up to Sum 41. Late night YTV. And the spectre of Woodstock 99. From the outside looking in: being in a punk band meant that you could be a jackass. Pick your nose on stage; play the drum like Energizer Bunny. My relationship to punk music as a teenager hinged on self-deprecation; an easy, destructive mode of confronting what I didn't like about myself. And what I didn’t understand about the world around me.

There’s a film that came out of China in 1993 and was subsequently banned therein, called The Blue Kite. It's told from the perspective of a boy growing up in 1950’s Beijing. His environment is one of social conformity and political correctness, and he relishes in escapism when flying his kite. Eventually the boy succumbs to the social climate, and the kite itself is swept away into the branches of a tree. I thought the imagery was striking and wanted to incorporate it into a video with Aidan’s skydiving punk, in a hypnagogic way.

"When we were recording the album Red Mile in the Mojave Desert, I spent nights reading about 20th century China. My grandparents migrated to Canada during Mao’s Great Leap Forward, and besides the photo albums and childhood memories, I have little basis for understanding their experience," Choy says in a statement explaining the album's origins.

"The music of Red Mile came naturally, and of its own volition. The Mojave had an elemental effect. The seemingly never-ending labyrinth of touring into exhaustion that characterized preceding years. And the externalization of Crack Cloud’s mythology, displaced and dismantled as we’ve grown out of ourselves, constantly, creatively reborn, by virtue and design. This is how I would describe Red Mile, and more generally, the group’s freefall, nearly a decade in the making."

Additionally, the band have announced an extensive North American, UK and European tour dates, including the band's biggest headline show to date at London's KOKO on 25 September.


1. Crack Of Life
2. The Medium
3. Blue Kite
4. Lack Of Lack
5. Epitaph
6. I Am (I Was)
7. Ballad Of Billy
8. Lost On The Red Mile

Red Mile is out on 26 July via Jagjaguwar. For more information on their live dates, visit

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