Let’s not pretend this isn’t a big moment. That would be kind of stupid. Deep breath. Eyes closed. OK. Here goes.
It’s been 4 years. Nearly 400 shows. Close to 400,000 miles traveled. 50 songs written for this record. Many of them were played first for many of you.
Our new song “Changing” will be available on February 1st. You will probably be able to hear it online first. Probably on our YouTube channel. Probably right HERE.
The song was originally called “Something You Own.” It’s a song about conflict and resolution, resisting and accepting Change. But lets not spend too much time dancing about architecture… Better just to listen and let it become part of the day..
Our second record will be titled All at Once. It will be released on April 25th in Europe and April 26th in North America.
It’s probably both quieter and louder than our first record. There wasn’t any particular decision to be either like or unlike our first record. In some ways, it is the former; in others, the latter. It’s called “All at Once” because the songs deal with the idea of sudden change—how life generally doesn’t change incrementally. Your parents die, a child is born, the airplane shakes, a former love from a former life walks casually by you on the street, and suddenly everything is different. We live in the quiet passages between these extraordinary moments of change. It’s exhilarating. It’s terrifying. It can be monstrously disfiguring. It can be potentially redemptive.
So much of it has to do with loneliness. There’s something about sharing these things that make them less terrifying. That’s why this has to do with you and what you’ve given us in the past four years. Because there’s a moment of recognition that happens where you see yourself. You see your thoughts in others and feel a kinship, as if the idea isn’t some horrible thing locked in your head, but one of many ideas that are part of a grand narrative that all people share. And there’s a true joy to seeing the reality of it this way—like the perspective of someone 100 million miles away on some tiny speck in space, looking back at Earth. That’s what writing even this feels like. Hello. I would like it if we knew each other.
There’s more, but then the record isn’t actually out for a few months… For now, it’s important that you know that you are part of this. And we did not take it lightly. And nothing was by accident. We are very proud of this record and the songs about:
conflict and war and disorientation and the kids on the wall and the girl who appears in a dream and the graveyard near the house and the parents we knew and the prisons they escaped and the ones they constructed for us and how, in the final analysis, we did so much simply to catch the eye of someone we loved.
All at Once.
We’ve got more big news to announce, including plans for shows where we can meet again, but we’re going to wait until February 15th to do that. It’ll give us something to look forward to.
THINGS HAPPENING SOON:
-DENVER TONIGHT AND TOMORROW-
TONIGHT, we’ll be doing a live, in-studio session on KBCO in Denver sometime after 6:00 p.m. For more info, you can check out KBCO’s website.
TOMORROW, we’re playing a special concert with the Colorado Symphony at Boettcher Concert Hall. Along with selections from our first album, we’ll be debuting several songs from the new record, backed by a world-class orchestra. We’ll see you there..
Sat Jan 22
Boettcher Concert Hall
with the Colorado Symphony
-EUROPE IN FEBRUARY-
Every Monday, we’ll play in Amsterdam.
Every Tuesday, we’ll play in Berlin.
And every Friday, we’ll play in Paris.
The shows in Amsterdam and Berlin will be at the same venue each week (Paradiso and White Trash, respectively), while the Paris venues will change each week.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays, we’ll play shows in various other cities.
One of these performances will be at HMV’s NEXT BIG THING Music Festival at Heaven in London on February 10th. Details below..
Tue Feb 1 – Berlin – White Trash – BUY TIX
Wed Feb 2 – Antwerp – Trix Club – BUY TIX
Thu Feb 3 – Munster – Gleiss 22 – BUY TIX
Fri Feb 4 – Paris – The International – FREE SHOW
Mon Feb 7 – Amsterdam – Paradiso – BUY TIX
Tue Feb 8 – Berlin – White Trash – BUY TIX
Wed Feb 9 – Hamburg – Uebel & Gefährlich – BUY TIX
Thu Feb 10 – London – Heaven HMV – Next Big Thing – BUY TIX
Fri Feb 11 – Paris – La Machine (Locomotive club) – FREE SHOW
Mon Feb 14 – Amsterdam – Paradiso – BUY TIX
Tue Feb 15 – Berlin – White Trash – BUY TIX
Wed Feb 16 – Munich – Ampere – BUY TIX
Thu Feb 17 – Cologne – Luxor – BUY TIX
Fri Feb 18 – Paris – Fleche D’Or – BUY TIX
Mon Feb 21 – Amsterdam – Paradiso – BUY TIX
Tue Feb 22 – Berlin – White Trash – BUY TIX
Wed Feb 23 – Frankfurt – Das Bett – BUY TIX
Thu Feb 24 – Zurich – Hafenkneipe – BUY TIX
Fri Feb 25 – Paris – Fleche D’Or – BUY TIX
Mon Feb 28 – Amsterdam – Paradiso – BUY TIX
–there’s a lot more to tell you about, including the time we dueled in front of a church in a tiny village in Mexico, but that’s another story for another time..
Daren, Mikel, Anna, Steven, and Noah
the Airborne Toxic Event