Indie-Americana jammers Los Colognes have been making waves since the arrival of their debut album Working Together in 2014. These days the Nashville-based group is looking back to its roots by re-releasing tracks from their debut EP from when they went by the name, The Clones. From The Vault will show fans the blueprints for what became the groundwork for Aaron Mortenson and Jay Rutherford‘s first studio recording, Stranger, in 2011.
From The Vault, available this Thursday, December 5th, will feature five tracks from the original lo-fi LP that Mortenson and Rutherford first made at home upon moving from Chicago to Nashville in 2010 to pursue music careers.
The reason that these tracks haven’t been released to fans before now is that after Mortenson and Rutherford made an actual studio LP for The Clones, (Stranger) the two received a cease-and-desist order from another band called “The Clones.” Thus, the Stranger LP was lost forever in a legal quagmire after Mortenson and Rutherford changed the name of their group to Los Colognes, which was merely a sarcastic faux-Spanish version of “The Clones.”
However, while putting together tracks for the release of Los Colognes’ forthcoming album slated for 2020, the original duo took a look back at their early days and found themselves surprised by what they heard.
“[Mortenson] sat me down in his car and played some tracks from the old LP, which I hadn’t listened to in years,” Rutherford said. “And [he] said, ‘Dude these sound pretty good! We should re-release some of them.’ I agreed, surprised at how enjoyable it was to hear them for the first time in years.”
2020 will see Los Colognes embark on a nationwide tour starting in February. Tickets are available here and dates are listed below.
Los Colognes 2020 Tour Dates
Feb. 6 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Feb. 7 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Feb. 8 – Austin, TX – ACL Live
Feb. 19 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Feb. 20 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst
Feb. 21 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
Feb. 22 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theater
Feb. 23 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Feb. 25 – Detroit, MI – Majestic
Feb. 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Music Hall
Feb. 27 – Washington, DC – Hamilton
Feb. 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
Feb. 29 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
March 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy
March 3 – Richmond, VA – National
March 5 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
March 6 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
March 7 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
March 8 – Phoenix, AZ – M3F Festival