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There are oceans. Masses of water surrounded by the brimming wilderness, towered over by bustling cities, once kingdoms, powerfully etched by every bit of manmade influence. They’re built up, torn down, arranged and rearranged, and yet there are still oceans in between.

Much like a pulse, be it a whimper or roar, they shift, swell, and at times remain stagnant. We overlook it. As an ocean or subconsciously within, we forget about those shifts and swells, every bit of love and loss that sinks into that heaping grey mass. And yet that grey remains palpably tucked away, perhaps in limbo, but entirely reachable – aching to be tapped into.

Consider the tales of Spencer Burton, who feels, writes, and sings under the moniker of Grey Kingdom. Born in Hamilton, ON, raised miles away in Kelowna, BC with a hankering for travel, eating pie, and hunting for edible mushrooms, Burton’s upbringings are as sincere as his demeanor.

Teenage years of strumming in the Welland, ON music scene would blossom his twenty-somethings into constant road mileage playing in the critically lauded Attack In Black. Cities upon cities, always moving, writing, performing, Burton’s experiences were absorbed along the way. Sometimes shrewd, often reflective, his occurrences had callused into their own mass.

Grey Kingdom is the release of it all. Unabridged and heartfelt as ever, Burton found himself using this project as a medium for storytelling – a guiding light to his innermost sincerities.

His debut album, Eulogy Of Her And Her And Her (Dine Alone Records), candidly reads as a memoir on its own. There’s brooding tales of romance, travel and loss – each texturally stripped down to a voice and a handful of instruments, while lyrically resonating with Burton’s affection for human interactions.

It’s that inner grey area that weaves Burton’s stories into a whole, and he’s quick to anchor his opening line towards it: “Hey nice body of water, let me back in, where I can swim.” The rest unravels in raw emotion, as he recalls those experiences built up, torn down, arranged and rearranged; while always circling back to the same prelude.

Along with a sophomore LP slotted for 2012, Grey Kingdom’s latest series of four digital 7”’s hauntingly delves further into Burton’s meditations. With his voice centre stage, the first single, featuring “All The Shapeless Form” and “Steady Hands” dabbles in sparsely echoed arrangements. The second, featuring “Broken Beds,” and “When The Seasons Drown” remains equally soul-stirring. Each tale’s a reprise, weighted in the somber disposition of a man and his sensibilities.

Just as Burton absorbs the basic interactions of any daily routine, he continues to wade in his own ocean – sometimes shifting, swelling, but always tapped into those sentiments wedged underneath. And so pours the melody.
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Grey Kingdom to play Fish Quill Poetry Boat tour

Grey Kingdom's Spencer Burton is gearing up for quite the tour this June. Burton will be traveling alongside a group of artists, authors and poets for the Fish Quill Poetry Boat Festival tour on a 10 day excursion via canoe through parts of Ontario. Aside from Grey Kingdom, the lineup of the indiegogo-funded excursion features poets Linda Besner, Leigh Kotsilidis, David Seymour, Gillian Savigny and Stewart Cole. If you're interested in supporting the tour, click www.indiegogo.com target="_blank">HERE to find out how.

Check out a list of where the canoe will be pulling onto shore below and RSVP to your date www.facebook.com target="_blank">HERE.

Fish Quill Poetry Boat Festival Dates
June 13 - Toronto, ON - Tranzac Club
June 15 - Elora, ON - Beaver House
June 16 - West Montrose, ON - West Montrose Kissing Bridge
June 17 - Kitchener, ON - Words Worth Books
June 19 - Cambridge, ON - Wired Up Pugs Cafe
June 20 - Paris, ON - Cedar House
June 21 - Brantford, ON - Station Coffee House & Gallery
June 23 - Six Nations of the Grand River Territory - Chiefswood National Heritage Site

Following the tour, Grey Kingdom will be performing at a series of festivals including Sappy Fest from August 2-4 in Sackville, NB and the Festival of Good Things on August 31 in Sarnia, ON. You can keep up with tour dates bit.ly target="_blank">HERE.
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Grey Kingdom begins Canadian tour, win tickets via Exclaim!

Grey Kingdom will tour Canada this month supporting JUNO-winning songwriter Old Man Luedecke. The tour will kick off on October 17 in Winnipeg, with both tunesmiths heading across the country in November. Full tour dates can be found www.dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.

Exclaim! Magazine is giving away tickets in select cities, including copies of both Light, I'll Call Your Name Out "Darkness" and Luedecke's Tender Is The Night.

www.facebook.com target="_blank">Click HERE to enter for tickets to Grey Kingdom and Old Man Luedecke in a city near you.

Grey Kingdom's beautifully haunting sophomore release, Light, I'll Call Your Name Out "Darkness" is available now. Stream the full album via Exclaim! right exclaim.ca target="_blank">HERE, and purchase it on iTunes itunes.apple.com target="_blank">HERE.
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Grey Kingdom album available now, jumps on Canadian tour

Grey Kingdom's beautifully haunting sophomore release, titled Light, I'll Call Your Name Out "Darkness" is officially out. The sophomore album from former Attack in Black guitarist Spencer Burton leads with it's soul-stirring first single, "Imminent Failure," which you can listen to on Exclaim! exclaim.ca target="_blank">HERE.

bit.ly target="_blank">Click to purchase Grey Kingdom's Light, I'll Call Your Name Out "Darkness."

Since his debut, he has released two digital 45's and The Weeping Suns EP (March, 2012); recorded with multi-JUNO award winning City and Colour; and toured as a supporting member of the band for the Platinum-selling release Bring Me Your Love.

The release of Light, I’ll Call Your Name Out “Darkness” will see Grey Kingdom venture out on a Canadian tour with Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Old Man Luedecke this month. Full tour dates can be found dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE, or below.

10.17 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
10.18 – Regina, SK – Artful Dodger
10.19 – Saskatoon, SK – Lydia’s Upstairs
10.21 – Calgary, AB – Ironwood
10.22 – Canmore, AB – Communitea Café
10.24 – Nelson, BC - Royal on Baker
10.26 – Victoria, BC – St. Ann’s Auditorium
11.21 – Montreal, QC – Divan Orange
11.22 – Toronto, ON – Glenn Gould Theatre
11.23 – London, ON – London Music Club
11.24 – Kingston, ON – Grad Club
11.27 – Guelph, ON – Albion Hotel
11.28 – Hamilton, ON – Pearl Theater
11.29 – Kemptville, ON – The Branch
12.01 – Peterborough, ON – Red Dog Tavern
* All dates w/ Old Man Luedecke.
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Grey Kingdom to release sophomore full-length, premieres single

Grey Kingdom, the solo project of former Attack in Black guitarist Spencer Burton, is set to release Light, I’ll Call Your Name Out “Darkness,” October 2, 2012 on Dine Alone Records. Grey Kingdom will be performing at the Molson Amphitheatre with City and Colour on September 12. Advance copies of this new CD available for purchase at the show prior to the official release date.

This will be Burton’s second full-length record since adopting the moniker Grey Kingdom in 2010. Since his debut, he has released two digital 45's and The Weeping Suns EP (March, 2012); recorded with multi-JUNO award winning City and Colour; and toured as a supporting member of the band for the Platinum-selling release Bring Me Your Love.

Grey Kingdom beautifully showcases Burton’s talents as a musician, singer and songwriter. His lyrics resonate as a sincere, personal testimony. His folk inspired melodies and stripped down acoustic approach are enhanced by the addition of strings, steel guitar and haunting harmonies -- the perfect backdrop to his touching tales of love, and love lost.

The unveiling of Light, I’ll Call Your Name Out “Darkness” will see Grey Kingdom venture out on a Canadian tour with Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Old Man Luedecke later this year (dates below).

bit.ly target="_blank">Stream Grey Kingdom's first single, “Imminent Failure” right HERE.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

10.17 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
10.18 – Regina, SK – Artful Dodger
10.19 – Saskatoon, SK – Lydia’s Upstairs
10.21 – Calgary, AB – Ironwood
10.22 – Canmore, AB – Communitea Café
10.24 – Nelson, BC - Royal on Baker
10.26 – Victoria, BC – St. Ann’s Auditorium
11.21 – Montreal, QC – Divan Orange
11.22 – Toronto, ON – Glenn Gould Theatre
11.23 – London, ON – London Music Club
11.24 – Kingston, ON – Grad Club
11.27 – Guelph, ON – Albion Hotel
11.28 – Hamilton, ON – Pearl Theater
11.29 – Kemptville, ON – The Branch
12.01 – Peterborough, ON – Red Dog Tavern

* All dates w/ Old Man Luedecke.

Click www.dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE for more Grey Kingdom tour dates.
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Grey Kingdom announces Ontario dates

In the midst of recording his sophomore follow-up, the Welland-based troubadour has announced a string of Ontario dates (London, Hamilton, Toronto) to round out the Summer. Along with a slot at the Summer's End Folk Festival in New Brunswick, August 24-25, Burton will also perform at Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre with City and Colour, The Avett Brothers, and Hey Rosetta! on September 12.

Grab his latest release, The Weeping Suns EP right www.dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE. His latest track, "When The Seasons Drown" can be downloaded on our FREE Summer Sampler right www.dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.

Aug 18 - Toronto - Lower Ossington Theatre
Aug 24-25 - Grand Manan - Summers End Folk Fest
Aug 29 - Hamilton - The Casbah
Aug 31 - London - Sugar Shack
Sep 01 - London - The Nite Owl
Sep 12 - Toronto - Molson Amphitheatre
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