THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS DEBUT NEW SINGLE, “THE SURPRISE KNOCK”

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THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS’ IN THE MORSE CODE OF BRAKE LIGHTS OUT SEPTEMBER 27 VIA COLLECTED WORKS/CONCORD RECORDS

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ON TOUR NOW IN NORTH AMERICA

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Critically acclaimed group The New Pornographers debut “The Surprise Knock” today. The track is the second single from the group’s highly anticipated new album, In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights, due September 27 via the band’s own Collected Work Records imprint in partnership with Concord Records.

Frontperson and songwriter A.C. Newman says, “‘The Surprise Knock’ had a different feel when we first recorded it — and I wouldn’t mind releasing that version at some point. But as I was listening to it, I thought, ‘Why don’t we play this song like New Pornographers 2005?’ Then we just replayed it with that feel. I thought enough time has passed that I feel like I can play songs that sort of sound like a classic a sound and not feel like I’m repeating myself, because it’s been so long. That was definitely a part of it: just wanting to...I hate to say ‘get back,’ but just get more slightly raucous and sounding more like a band.”

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The band recently premiered the first single, “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile”, from the new album, which Stereogum dubbed “candy-coated power-pop.” 

The band is set to tour North America this fall in support of the new record. Tickets are available for purchase at thenewpornographers.com. See below for a complete itinerary. 

“I was about two-thirds of the way through the record when I began to notice that lyrically so much of it was pointing toward car songs,” notes Newman. “The opening track is ‘You’ll Need a Backseat Driver’, and that was a metaphor that seemed to be running through other songs, too. Next to the love song, I feel like the car song is one of the most iconic kinds of songs in pop music, from Chuck Berry to the present. There was so much of that throughout it that I started thinking: ‘Oh, no, there’s too many references to cars on this record!’ And then I thought, ‘No, that's good—people might think it’s a concept album.’”

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The New Pornographers have released seven studio albums to date including their most recent, Whiteout Conditions. The first album released on their own imprint, Collected Works Records, in partnership with Concord Records, the album received widespread acclaim and was hailed as “rich with new wave synths and closely blended harmonies” by Pitchfork, while Rolling Stone praised its “uplifting three to four minute indie-pop numbers, imbued with lush vocals.”

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IN THE MORSE CODE OF BRAKE LIGHTS
1. You’ll Need A Backseat Driver
2. The Surprise Knock
3. Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile
4. Colossus Of Rhodes
5. Higher Beams
6. Dreamlike And On The Rush
7. You Won’t Need Those Where You’re Going
8. Need Some Giants
9. Opening Ceremony
10. One Kind Of Solomon
11. Leather On The Seat


THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS LIVE
Sep 19 - Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios
Sep 20 – Vankleek Hill, ON – Beau’s Oktoberfest
Sep 27 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
Sep 28 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
Sep 29 - Columbia, MO - Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
Oct 1 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Oct 2 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
Oct 3 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
Nov 4  - Boston, MA - Royale
Nov 5 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Nov 7 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Nov 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Nov 10 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
Nov 11 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Nov 12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse

Tickets at thenewpornographers.com

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NEW PORNOGRAPHERS REVEAL NEW LP, SHARE FIRST SINGLE

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS’ IN THE MORSE CODE OF BRAKE LIGHTS OUT SEPTEMBER 27 VIA COLLECTED WORKS/CONCORD RECORDS

LISTEN AND SHARE “FALLING DOWN THE STAIRS OF YOUR SMILE” HERE

WATCH AND SHARE “FALLING DOWN THE STAIRS OF YOUR SMILE” VISUALIZER HERE

ON TOUR BEGINNING AUGUST 17

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Critically acclaimed group The New Pornographers’ forthcoming new album, In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights, is due September 27 via the band’s own Collected Work Records imprint in partnership with Concord Records. In celebration of the upcoming album, the band is premiering the single “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile”

LISTEN AND SHARE “FALLING DOWN THE STAIRS OF YOUR SMILE” HERE

WATCH AND SHARE “FALLING DOWN THE STAIRS OF YOUR SMILE” VISUALIZER HERE

“There are so many songs like ‘the something of love’—you know, there’s ‘The Book of Love,’ ‘The Freeway of Love’…Then I thought of ‘falling down the stairs of your love,’ and I thought, that kind of works,” explains New Pornographers front person and songwriter A.C. Newman, who also produced the new album. “I think it has that element of how do you deal with the ideas of love and happiness in this world right now? When current events are stressful, that makes a stress on people’s relationships, and you’re trying to figure out how to be happy in this loving relationship in this world that seems ugly at every turn, which is not as easy as it seems. So I like the metaphor of love as something that you fall down.”

“I was about two-thirds of the way through the record when I began to notice that lyrically so much of it was pointing toward car songs,” notes Newman. “The opening track is ‘You’ll Need a Backseat Driver’, and that was a metaphor that seemed to be running through other songs, too. Next to the love song, I feel like the car song is one of the most iconic kinds of songs in pop music, from Chuck Berry to the present. There was so much of that throughout it that I started thinking: ‘Oh, no, there’s too many references to cars on this record!’ And then I thought, ‘No, that's good—people might think it’s a concept album.’”

The band is set to tour North America this fall in support of the new record, kicking off the run of dates in Toronto on August 17. Tickets are available for purchase at thenewpornographers.com. The tour includes dates at Chicago’s Vic Theatre, Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club and New York’s Brooklyn Steel, see below for a complete itinerary. 

The New Pornographers have released seven studio albums to date including their most recent, Whiteout Conditions. The first album released on their own imprint, Collected Works Records, in partnership with Concord Records, the album received widespread acclaim and was hailed as “rich with new wave synths and closely blended harmonies” by Pitchfork, while Rolling Stone praised its “uplifting three to four minute indie-pop numbers, imbued with lush vocals.”

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IN THE MORSE CODE OF BRAKE LIGHTS
1. You’ll Need A Backseat Driver
2. The Surprise Knock
3. Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile
4. Colossus Of Rhodes
5. Higher Beams
6. Dreamlike And On The Rush
7. You Won’t Need Those Where You’re Going
8. Need Some Giants
9. Opening Ceremony
10. One Kind Of Solomon
11. Leather On The Seat


THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS LIVE
Aug 17 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall (Danforth 100th Anniversary Show Series)
Sep 19 - Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios
Sep 27 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
Sep 28 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
Sep 29 - Columbia, MO - Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
Oct 1 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Oct 2 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
Oct 3 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
Nov 4  - Boston, MA - Royale
Nov 5 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Nov 7 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Nov 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Nov 10 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
Nov 11 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Nov 12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse

Tickets at thenewpornographers.com

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THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS DEBUT NEW VIDEO FOR “WHITEOUT CONDITIONS”

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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.”

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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

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