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News: City Of Souls Release New Single ‘Shimmer’, Announce ‘Synaesthesia’ Album Out May 1st


Kiwi alt-rockers City Of Souls lay down the gauntlet in 2020 with their brand new single ‘Shimmer’ from their upcoming album SYNAESTHESIA – out on May 1!  Get ‘Shimmer’HERE.

The single drop, album announcement and NZ tour dates come this week, just after letting the world know they would be supporting the iconic Deftones on their only New Zealand show while they are in the vicinity for Download Festival Australia!

City of Souls have been to Australia previously in 2019 to play the Progfest tour – and have made some headway into prog fans’ outside of NZ’s minds, having been spun on triple j’s The Racket, being added to rotation on The Faction, their videos premiered on Prog and being added to worldwide Spotify playlists. The announcement of the SYNAESTHESIA album is the heralding of City of Souls’ advancement out into the world!

The new single ‘Shimmer’ premiered on New Zealand’s biggest Rock Radio station, THE ROCK, on Nights with Mike.

‘Shimmer’ is an empowering anthem, which embraces the power and alchemy of trauma and change. “It’s about having everything reach a point of falling apart and that becoming the catalyst for seeing something greater and more powerful than what could have been without that process. Two conflicting energies only existing because of each other,” explains the band’s singer, Richie Simpson.

One of New Zealand’s most reputable acts, City Of Souls was formed in August 2015 by guitarists Trajan Schwencke (Cold by Winter, In Dread Response) and Steve Boag (In Dread Response, Blacklistt). Vocalist Richie Simpson (New Way Home) found their existing tracks immediately captivating and joined the band. Guitarist Marcus Powell (founding member of multi-platinum bands Blindspott and Blacklistt) then joined, and the line-up was complete with Daniel Insley on Bass (Solstate) and Drummer Corey Friedlander (In Dread Response / 8 Foot Sativa).

A live force to be reckoned with, City Of Souls will be touring with Blindspott across New Zealand in March and April. City of Souls will open for Deftones at Trusts Stadium, Auckland on March 15.

The band’s new album SYNAESTHESIA is out on May 1 and can be pre-ordered at . New single Shimmer is out now and can be purchased/streamed at

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