Rasputina will celebrate their upcoming cello-driven release, Sister Kinderhook, with a summer tour that kicks off July 8 in Somerville, Mass., and wraps Aug. 22 in Denver.
Joining Rasputina for the duration of the trek is Larkin Grimm.

The band revealed recently that its sixth studio album “is a return to Rasputina’s early, more organic sound,” and features – for the first time ever – a male cellist, Daniel DeJesus.
DeJesus “came of age listening obsessively to Rasputina records, and can play and sing the entire catalog.”

Also adding her talents to the mix is Catie D’Amica, a “punk-rock teenager” who lives in the Hudson, N.Y., area where the new album was recorded.

“If I put her behind an eccentric kit that included a concert bass drum, a djembe and ankle bells, and if she played her simple but cool punk-rock beats, we might really have something,” Creager said about D’Amica’s involvement.

Early buzz about the teen has compared her to a “Native American drum machine.”

In keeping with the unconventional style and obsession with the Victorian era Rasputina has come to be known for, themes on Sister include colonial federalism, feral children (“Snow-Hen of Austerlitz), the anti-rent wars of 1844 (“Calico Indians) and early American portraiture (“The 2 Miss Leavens”). Creager also offers her hypothesis that giants existed at one time, but became extinct after offing each other during a “self-genocidal holocaust” (“A Holocaust of Giants”).

Sister Kinderhook is due June 15 on Filthy Bonnet Co. Records.