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Microwave Unleashes Frank Ocean-Inspired “Huperzine Dreams”

Microwave Winter 2024
[Photo by: Cameron Flaisch]

Ahead of their fourth studio album, Let’s Start Degeneracy, which is slated to drop on April 26 via Pure Noise Records, Microwave has unleashed a piano-laden, Frank Ocean-inspired new offering, “Huperzine Dreams.” The track appears as the closing track of their forthcoming full-length and also acts as the second preview of the release following the arrival of “Bored Of Being Sad.”

Across their latest single, the band enlisted the collaborative talents of longtime friend Joe Hertler of Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, who added his expertise on piano and other production elements. Nathan Hardy‘s vocals and guitar work, influenced by the stylings of Frank Ocean on this release, seamlessly intertwine with Hertler‘s contributions, creating a beautiful arrangement.

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According to the press release accompanying the new track, the title, “Huperzine Dreams,” references Huperzine A, a naturally derived supplement known for increasing acetylcholine levels in the body. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter associated with learning and memory, akin to dopamine. This supplement is sometimes compared to Adderall for its cognitive effects during the day, but it’s also known for its potential to induce lucid dreaming when taken at night. Hardy says the track is “kind of a nod to the wide variety of nu-tropic supplements Tito and I have been experimenting with over the last several years.”

Microwave will be joined by The Dirty Nil and Sick Joy overseas at the top of April before returning to the States with Origami Angel, Heart Attack Man, and Carpool Tunnel. You can check out their full touring schedule below and get tickets here.

Tour Dates:

  • April 7—Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Effenaar
  • April 8—​​Paris, France @ Point Éphémère
  • April 9—Köln, Germany @ MTC Club
  • April 10—Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk (Kranhalle)
  • April 12—Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia
  • April 13—Hamburg, Germany @ Headcrash
  • April 15—Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
  • April 16—Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
  • April 17—Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor
  • April 19—Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill
  • April 20—Guildford, UK @ Boileroom
  • April 22—Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
  • April 23—Brighton, UK @ Patterns
  • April 24—London, UK @ Scala
  • May 4—Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
  • May 7—Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
  • May 9—Toronto, ON @ Operahouse
  • May 10—Lakewood, OH @ Roxy
  • May 11—Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
  • May 14—Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity
  • May 15—Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
  • May 17—Denver, CO @ Ogden
  • May 18—Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Grand Room
  • May 20—Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
  • May 21—Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
  • May 22—Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
  • May 23—San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
  • May 24—Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
  • May 25—Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
  • May 28—Austin, TX @ Empire Garage
  • May 29—Dallas, TX @ Studio at The Factory
  • May 31—Nashville, TN @ The Cannery
  • June 1—Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
  • June 2—Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
  • June 3—Columbus, OH @ King of Clubs
  • June 5—Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
  • June 7—Boston, MA @ Royale
  • June 8—Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
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