New Album Sees The Tragically Hip 'In Violet Light'

Canadian rock act the Tragically Hip has slated June 11 for the North American release of its ninth studio album, "In Violet Light." Produced by Hugh Padgham (David Bowie, Genesis, the Police) and rec

Canadian rock act the Tragically Hip has slated June 11 for the North American release of its ninth studio album, "In Violet Light." Produced by Hugh Padgham (David Bowie, Genesis, the Police) and recorded at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas, the 11-track set is the follow up to 2000's "Music @ Work."

"The band made an amazing record," the band's manager, Jake Gold tells Billboard.com. "Sonically, it's beautiful. It's a real rock record. Hugh has really done a great job of capturing the band's sound." Compass Point house engineer Terry Manning (Alex Chilton, Lenny Kravitz), formerly with Memphis' legendary Ardent Studios, handled those chores on "Violet."

In Canada, the album will be released by longtime label Universal, but following the closure of London/Sire, which handled worldwide release of the band's last two albums, the Hip is seeking a new label partner for territories outside of the Great White North. Negotiations are underway with "a number of labels," Gold says, noting that no matter which label they ultimately sign with, he expects the June 11 date to stand for the album's U.S. release.

The Hip has long been hugely popular in its homeland, while maintaining a smaller, but dedicated following in the U.S., where it has also released albums through MCA and Atlantic. "Music @ Work" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Canadian Albums chart, No. 6 on the Top Internet Albums chart, No. 8 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, and No. 139 on The Billboard 200.

In other news, the band will celebrate Canada Day a day early at a day-long festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The June 30 event at historic Citadel Hill will feature the Hip, and fellow popular Canadian artists Our Lady Peace and Sarah Harmer, with Crush and Buck 65 rounding out the bill. Tickets for the event go on sale Saturday (April 20) vial the Metro Centre Box Office at 902-451-1221 and local outlets.

Aside from the June 30 show, the Tragically Hip currently has just two other dates on its calendar: a July 12 appearance at Bayfest 2002 in Sarnia, Ontario, and a July 14 stop at the second annual Stage 13 festival in Camrose, Alberta.

According to Gold, the band is in the midst of planning an extensive tour in support of "In Violet Light." Although a full itinerary is as-yet-unannounced, the Hip should be on the road throughout Canada and the U.S. from late June through early September, playing a combination of amphitheaters, festivals, theaters, and clubs. A European run is tentatively slated for sometime in November.