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The Black Queen, the unbridled experimental electronic-meets-alternative trio of Greg Puciato (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) and Steven Alexander Ryan (Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle technician), return with their sophomore album, Infinite Games, on Sept. 28.

The 10-track album also marks the debut release to come from the band’s newly formed creative entity, Federal Prisoner, a joint collective between the band members and acclaimed fine artist Jesse Draxler (creator of the artwork for both Fever Daydream and Infinite Games). While the partners are keeping their plans for Federal Prisoner under wraps, the enterprise will serve as the creative homestead for the foursome, with future releases already in the works. “Federal Prisoner won’t function like a typical label,” says Puciato. “It’s an expression of passion and individualism in a way that opens more doors for us to create and to own what we create with minimal compromise. It’s as much an act of refusal as it is a statement of intent. We won’t be working within the current industry blueprint of premieres, ‘instant grat tracks’ or any of that nonsense. We’re concentrating on the music, videography and packaging, an aural and visual experience. It’s exciting to create our own path.”

Infinite Games follows a host of emotional moments for the band members, from Puciato’s Polish bus accident, the demise of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Eustis’ return to Telefon Tel Aviv, and a robbery of the trio’s storage space. It was these events that informed Infinite Games. Eustis, Puciato and Ryan seized the opportunity to rebuild and create their own studio, giving them a spot to regularly convene, to follow kernels of ideas to fruition (or not) and to re-cement their friendship that’s often been sidelined by touring with other outfits.

“This time, we learned how to do everything ourselves,” explains Puciato, discussing what’s changed since the band’s debut, Fever Daydream. “There’s less uncertainty and more confidence. I’m speaking both about the artistic and business aspect of creating and releasing an album. As for what’s changed with Infinite Games, I think it feels more conceptual as an album. It’s less a collection of songs and more about the front to back listen. Probably because it wasn’t compiled over a four-year span of time like the last one. This one is actually hookier but more insidious, it’s a more delicate record.”

Infinite Games pre-orders are available now via Vinyl, cassette and CD are highly limited with several variations already sold out.


Infinite Games album cover, artwork by Jesse Draxler

The Black Queen tour dates:

  • September 15 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
  • September 23 Chicago, IL Metro
  • September 28 Los Angeles, CA 1720
  • October 5 Bristol, UK Thekla
  • October 7 Glasgow, UK SWG3 Studio Warehouse
  • October 8 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
  • October 9 Manchester, UK Deaf Institute
  • October 10 Nottingham, UK Nottingham Contemporary
  • October 11 London, UK Bush Hall
  • October 12 Tilburg, Netherlands Poppodium 013
  • October 15 Sint-Niklaas, Belgium Sint-Niklaas De Casino
  • October 16 Frankfurt, Germany Zoom
  • October 18 Cologne, Germany Blue Shell
  • October 19 Paris, France Supersonic
  • October 20 Milan, Italy Legend 54
  • October 22 Vienna, Austria B 72
  • October 23 Munich, Germany Backstage Halle
  • October 24 Leipzig, Germany Werk 2
  • October 25 Prague, Czech Republic Chapeau Rouge
  • October 26 Warsaw, Poland Klug Hybrydy
  • October 27 Berlin, Germany Gretchen
  • October 28 Hamburg, Germany Nochtspeicher
  • October 30 Copenhagen, Denmark Stengade
  • October 31 Oslo, Norway Parkteatret
  • November 1 Stockholm, Sweden Nalen
  • November 3 St. Petersburg, Russia Mod Club
  • November 4 Moscow, Russia 16 Tons
  • January 18 Sydney, Australia Landsdowne Hotel
  • January 19 Melbourne, Australia Northcote Social Club


Photo credit: J Whitaker



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