Ashnikko is creating a magical, post-apocalyptic world for her first project. Along with releasing the single “Worms,” the blue-haired alt-pop singer announced her debut album Weedkiller, out on June 2, and a tour later this year.
The forthcoming LP, co-produced by Slinger and Oscar Scheller, is set to include tracks like “Worms,” the Ethel Cain-featuring “Dying Star, and lead single “You Make Me Sick!” The LP’s concept revolves around a civilization “occupied and destroyed by machines that feed on organic matter.” Ashnikko, a fairy, “seeks revenge by becoming part-machine.”
“My bioluminescent heart is glowing. My post-apocalyptic fae world is here for you to journey into,” she said in a press release. “My wings have been ripped out, but I’ve built them anew using Weedkiller machine parts. I am the one sent here to eliminate you, Weedkiller.”
The album concept is set to be a commentary on global warming, the environmental disaster, and the “rapid evolution of technology.” Through the album, she aims to give a “thundering voice to the oppressed.”
On Instagram, Ashnikko revealed that the project is based on a short story she wrote two years ago.
“I’ve been pouring my heartblood into conceptualizing, myth-making, and lore-building with some of my closest friends and collaborators,” she said. “Thank you for being here to step into my post-apocalyptic dystopian fae world.”
Along with performing at Coachella this year, Ashnikko will go on a world tour, making stops in Japan, Australia, the U.S., and Europe. Her U.S. dates will begin in September in Minneapolis before stopping in cities like New York, Charlotte, and Oakland.
Although this is her debut album, Ashnikko released a 10-track mixtape called Demidevil in 2021, which featured “Deal With It” with Kelis, “Slumber Party” with Princess Nokia, and “Daisy.” She also dropped EP Hi, It’s Me.
1. World Eater
2. You Make Me Sick!
4. Super Soaker (ft. Daniela Lalita)
5. Don’t Look At It
7. Moonlight Magic
8. Miss Nectarine
9. Chokehold Cherry Python
11. Want It All
12. Possession of a Weapon
13. Dying Star (ft. Ethel Cain)
Weedkiller U.S. Tour 2023
Sept. 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore Minneapolis
Sept. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
Sept. 18 – Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live!
Sept. 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Sept. 21 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
Sept. 22 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sept. 23 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater & Ballroom
Sept. 25 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner
Sept. 26 – New York, NY @ Brooklyn Mirage
Sept. 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at The Mann
Sept. 29 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Sept. 30 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Oct. 2 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
Oct. 3 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
Oct. 5 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
Oct. 6 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live at the Backyard
Oct. 7 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
Oct. 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
Oct. 11 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
Oct. 13 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Oct. 14 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
Oct. 16 – Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom
Oct. 17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex Rockwell
Oct. 19 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
Oct. 20 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Oct. 21 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Oct. 24 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Oct. 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren