NEW RECORD WHITEOUT CONDITIONS OUT NOW VIA DINE ALONE
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH BORN RUFFIANS CONTINUES THROUGH FALL ACROSS CANADA
“Whiteout Conditions packs the most blanket pep of the power-pop group’s seven albums, dense with that particular new wave brand of electronic two-for-one” - Pitchfork
“...deceptively sophisticated arrangements” - National Post
“They're firing on all cylinders on Whiteout Conditions, working as one to deliver their most cohesive — and one of their best — albums to date” - Exclaim!
“...seemingly effortless ability to deliver pop hooks” - NOW
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Critically acclaimed supergroup The New Pornographers debut a new video for the track “Whiteout Conditions”, shot in the West Edmonton Mall, from their critically acclaimed album of the same name.
Of the video, director Kevan Funk explains, “Being from Alberta, the West Edmonton Mall has alway held a fascinating place in my imagination. It felt like a rich thematic backdrop being that it is this interesting monolithic figure in the city, this strange bubble that is meant to function as some sort of escape from daily reality, yet also existing as a defining space of suburban life in Edmonton. It was something that returned to mind when considering ideas for Whiteout Conditions. I wanted to tell a set of stories featuring characters who could act as conduits to explore that tension, each of them repressing some sort of tormenting emotion (guilt, shame, self-loathing) that they haven't been able to reconcile internally. The facade of the mall, with it's surreal fantasy elements, provided an effective metaphorical backdrop.”
Earlier this summer the band performed the song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Whiteout Conditions, out now on Dine Alone Records, continues to receive critical praise.
Whiteout Conditions made its Billboard debut at #11 on the Canadian Alternative Rock chart, #12 on Modern Rock, and #27 on the Rock chart. Additionally, the album hit #6 on Billboard’s AAA Radio Chart. The band’s world tour in support of the new album continues this summer and fall, including shows with Born Ruffians in select cities.
Of writing the new record, founder and frontman A.C. Newman notes that, “At the beginning of this record, there was some thinking that we wanted it to be like a Krautrock Fifth Dimension. Of course, our mutated idea of what Krautrock is probably doesn’t sound like Krautrock at all. But we were thinking: Let’s try and rock in a different way.” Newman recently discussed the new record and the band’s 18-year career in a series of Salon Talks here, here and here.
Since their debut in 2000, The New Pornographers have released six studio albums including their most recent, Brill Bruisers, hailed as an “exuberant, synthpop-infused set” by Rolling Stone, “infectious” by Harper’s Bazaar and “the grand and purposeful hookfest that you would hope these guys would come back with” by Stereogum. Pitchfork went on to note that “with the futurist sound of Brill Bruisers, the whole band embraces a more electric version of itself—bulked-up in chrome-plated armor, firing on all cylinders, and ready to steamroll anything in its path.” The band celebrated the release with a special NPR Music First Listen Live concert at the legendary Brill Building, and performed songs from the album on both Conan and the Late Show with David Letterman.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Aug 11 - Denver, CO - Velorama Festival
Aug 12 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
Aug 13 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
Aug 15 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
Aug 16 - Bloomington, IN - The Castle Theatre
Aug 17 - Kalamazoo, MI - Bell’s Beer Garden
Aug 18 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theater
Aug 19 - Omaha, NE - MAHA Music Festival
Aug 25 - Mexico City, MX - Pabellon Cuervo
Sep 23 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
Sep 28 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub †
Sep 29 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom †
Sep 30 - Kelowna, BC - Kelowna Community Theatre †
Oct 1 - Nelson, BC - Spiritbar †
Oct 2 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall †
Oct 4 - Edmonton, AB - Winspear Centre †
Oct 5 - Saskatoon, SK - O’Brians Event Centre †
Oct 6 - Regina, SK - The Exchange †
Oct 7 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre †
Oct 9 - Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom †
Oct 10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
Oct 11 - London, ON - London Music Hall †
Oct 12 - Ottawa, ON - Bronson Centre Theatre †
Oct 13 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre †
Oct 14 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall †
†with Born Ruffians