Jan. 11, 2017, Greensboro, N.C. -- Irata, the North Carolina trio who released the album Sweet Loris via Kylesa’s Retro Futurist label (with Phillip Cope producing), take on two tours this winter: February dates with Freedom Hawk and a March run with All Them Witches.

“One year ago I thought I was on my death bed,” says Irata drummer Jason Ward, of his severe illness due to an infection caused by a broken collarbone. “I survived. Other than being with my children, I can’t think of anything better than playing our new album Sweet Loris live, touring across the country with two kick ass bands (Freedom Hawk and All Them Witches) and making new friends along the way! Seriously, what could be better?”

Irata tour dates:

February 3  Nashville, TN  Springwater Supper Club & Lounge
February 4  Ft. Worth, TX  Rail Club
February 5  El Paso, TX  Rock House
February 7  San Diego, CA  Soda Bar
February 8  Anaheim, CA  Out of the Park Pizza
February 9  San Francisco, CA  Thee Parkside
February 10  Eugene, OR  Old Nick’s Pub
February 11  Portland, OR  High Water Mark
February 12  Seattle, WA  Funhouse
February 13  Yreka, CA  Chromaphonic Music Hall
February 14  Sacramento, CA  Starlite Lounge
February 15  Las Vegas, NV  Beauty Bar
February 16  Tucson, AZ  Flycatcher
February 17  Ft. Stockton, TX  The Garage
February 18  Austin, TX  Swan Dive

March 3  Winston-Salem, NC  The Garage
March 4  Winston-Salem, NC  The Garage
March 5  Carrboro, NC  Cat’s Cradle
March 7  Washington, DC  DC9
March 9  Philadelphia, PA  Johnny Brenda’s
March 10  New York, NY  Bowery Ballroom
March 11  Cambridge, MA  The Sinclair
March 12  Montreal, QC  Bar Le Ritz
March 14  Toronto, ON  Horseshoe Tavern
March 15  Ferndale, MI  Magic Bag
March 16  Chicago, IL  Empty Bottle
March 17  St. Paul, MN  Turf Club
March 18  Madison, WI  High Noon Saloon
March 19  Grand Rapids, MI  Founders Brewing Company

*Feb. 3 to Feb. 18 dates with Freedom Hawk
*March 3 to March 19 dates with All Them Witches

New Noise said of Sweet Loris, “Irata’s progressive-ish take on doom-y rock/metal is impressive, both in its execution (these songs are fun both despite and because of their length) and in how well they carve out their own take on the style.” Hometown alt-weekly, the Triad City Beat, said the seven-song release’s title “is an apt metaphor for the Greensboro band’s grueling but awe-inspiring journey into a harsh yet exhilarating sonic frontier.”

Irata is Jonathan Case (bass/vocals), Cheryl Manner (guitar) and Jason Ward (drums/vocals/synths).