Article Contributed by PFA Media | Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Coming off the heels of their highly-anticipated studio album announcement earlier this month, Aqueous has just released their NYE 2018 plans and it's official – they will be home for the holidays. 

To ring in 2019 proper on December 31st, the band will once again take over Buffalo's Town Ballroom with Lespecial joining as support on the bill. Last year's NYE bash at Town Ballroom sold out, so fans are encouraged to procure their tickets early.

Additionally, on December 30th, the band will play an intimate VIP show at Nietzsche's to honor their history performing at the venue. Tickets for 12/30 can only be purchased as part of the "King For A Day" VIP Experience package via the link here (on-sale now): The "King For A Day" VIP Experience includes 1 General Admission ticket to Aqueous VIP private concert at Nietzsche’s 12/30; 1 General Admission ticket to see Aqueous at Town Ballroom on 12/31; early entry and a photo opportunity with Aqueous @ Town Ballroom on 12/31; 1 limited edition event poster signed by Aqueous; 1 audio download per night via; and 1 limited edition custom Aqueous VIP pin.

A special fan pre-sale for 12/31 is taking place this Wednesday, September 12th at 11 AM ET using access code "COLORWHEEL." General on-sale for 12/31 at Town Ballroom begins this coming Friday, September 14th at 11 AM ET. VIP tickets are on sale now.

In other news, in advance of their much buzzed about latest studio effort, Color Wheel, due out October 12th, Aqueous has formally released the first three tracks as Wave I on digital platforms. To listen on your preferred platform, please visit the link here:

To coincide with the digital release, Aqueous shared their notes on this first batch of tracks:

“‘Second Sight’ deals with the concept of doing everything one can to put aside petty differences and looking for those linings of hope and connection that every human inherently shares, despite living in such divided times. It’s also about appreciating and feeling grateful just to be alive and using that level of gratitude to try to shed cynicism; it’s about connecting with people and recognizing each of our roles in the division and working towards bridging those gaps where possible.” 

“‘How High You Fly’ is a tribute to a friend we lost to the grips of addiction. The song, lyrically and musically (re-worked entirely for Color Wheel), represents the concept of this person, after passing away, finally being free of their worldly struggle and suffering from addiction; how they could somehow “start again” unshackled by that experience. It goes on to conceptualize that they could, in some way, even connect with other people they knew in life that also passed, but ultimately recognizes that this thought might simply be a comfort to those still here, dealing with the loss themselves.”

"‘Realize Your Light’ is a hopeful message of positivity that life is far too short to not live it to the fullest potential, and that if one can recognize their purpose, they could likely achieve anything. It considers the idea that regardless of one’s circumstance, where they have been, and where they are going, that somewhere in the struggle, there’s a path and a calling out there for each person.”

Dubbing this record a concept album, Aqueous will continue to release Color Wheel in waves. "There’s a certain continuity to this entire album, and it unfolds in a way that makes the track order important for the experience – there’s an underlying narrative happening throughout the lyrics and themes, and the overarching theme of the story is a strong sense of optimism through the struggle of the realities of life," shares Aqueous guitarist Mike Gantzer, explaining their reasoning behind this unique approach. He continues, "For this reason, we wanted to release the album in waves, ultimately, to give people a chance to settle into each section of the album and digest it thoroughly before diving into the next."

This marks the group's first release pressed to vinyl and pre-order for the limited edition Color Wheel LP is happening now:

There are major tour plans throughout the fall before the end of year culmination in Buffalo, NY. Find a full list of dates below with more information available via the band's website.

Upcoming Tour Dates

9/20 - Thornville, OH - Resonance Music and Arts Festival
9/21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater *
10/6 - Roaring Ranch, PA - Liberty Pumpkin Ball
10/19 & 10/20 - St. Paul, MN - The Palace Theater >
10/24 - Hamden, CT - Space Ballroom ^
10/25 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge ^
10/26 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair ^
10/27 - Albany, NY - The Hollow ^
10/31 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory ^
11/1 - Asbury Park, NJ - Wonder Bar ^
11/2 - Washington D.C. - Union Stage ^
11/3 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry at The Fillmore ^
11/4 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry #
11/6 - Raleigh, NC - The Pour House Music Hall #
11/7 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Pour House #
11/8 - Orlando, FL - The Social #
11/9 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits #
11/10 - Tampa, FL - The Crowbar #
11/14 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco #
11/15 - Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5 #
11/16 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Music Hall #
11/17 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In #
11/28 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig +
11/29 - Chicago, IL - Chop Shop
11/30 - Milwaukee, WI - The Miramar Theatre +
12/5 - Ft. Collins, CO - Hodi's Halfnote ^
12/6 - Frisco, CO - 10 Mile Music Hall ^
12/7 - Steamboat Springs, CO - Old Town Pub ^
12/8 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre ^
12/11 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room $
12/12 - St. Louis, MO - The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy $
12/13 - Indianapolis, IN - The Hi-Fi $
12/30 - Buffalo, NY - Nietzsche's !
12/31 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom **

* w/ ELM
> w/ Umphrey's McGee
^ w/ Mungion
+ w/ EGI
# w/ The Heavy Pets
$ w/ Goose
** w/ Lespecial
! notes special VIP date; tickets cannot be purchased separately