Alex Bleeker and The Freaks announce dates in support of How Far Away (2013)

New Jersey-born Alex Bleeker is an old soul. For his sophomore album, How Far Away, he lets that come into play fully. Over 11 tracks, he deals with the autumnal phase of lost love, the point after the grieving subsides and you start figuring out what you’re supposed to do next. As with his last album, Bleeker cobbles together a ragtag collection of “freaks,” including Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath, who provides gorgeously weighty backing vocals on four tracks, Woods’ Jarvis Tanviere, Real Estate’s Jackson Pollis, Big Troubles’ Sam Franklin, among plenty of other like-minded musicians who lend sparkling instrumental flourishes and a full-bodied backbone to Bleeker’s pained yowl.  
The band will be doing some touring in coming months in support of the album.  Here are the dates: 
Sat-Feb-23 – Storrs, CT – Storrs Congregational Church at University of Connecticut
Fri-Mar-1 – Annandale-on-Hudson, NY – Manor at Bard College *
Wed-Mar-6 – Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar #
Thu-Mar-7 – Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade %
Fri-Mar-8 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover
Sat-Mar-9 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl %
Sun-Mar-10 – New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar
Mon-Mar-11 – Houston, TX – Rudyard’s
Wed-Mar-13 – Austin, TX – Red 7 – Force Field / Stones Throw (SXSW)
Wed-Mar-13 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room – Megablaag (SXSW)
Thu-Mar-14 – Austin, TX – Spider House Ballroom – KVRXPlosion (SXSW)
Sat-Mar-16 – Austin, TX – Beerland – Ground Control Touring Party (SXSW)
Sun-Mar-17 – Dallas, TX – Spillover Fest
Tue-Mar-19 – Oxford, MS – Lamar Lounge
Wed-Mar-20 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Thu-Mar-21 – Boone, NC – Boone Saloon
Fri-Mar-22 – Athens, GA – Farm 255
Sat-Mar-23 – Greenville, NC – Spazz Fest
Wed-Apr-3 – New Haven, CT – BAR Nightclub (Free show)
Fri-Apr-5 – Harrisonburg, VA – MACRoCk Festival
April 11-13 – Calgary, AB – MTT Fest
* = w/ Andrew Cedermark
# = w/ Prince Rama
% = w/ Ducktails