The New Pornographers coming to Canton Hall – 02.08.20

In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights, the highly anticipated new album from critically acclaimed group The New Pornographers, is out now via the band’s own Collected Work Records imprint in partnership with Concord Records.

In celebration of the album, the band is adding a number of dates to their U.S. tour, kicking off their west coast run January 30 at Seattle’s Neptune Theater. The band is also adding a second date in Washington, D.C. following their sold-out show at the 9:30 Club. See below for a complete itinerary, tickets are available for purchase at thenewpornographers.com.

Most recently the band premiered the tracks “One Kind of Solomon” (Listen HERE), “The Surprise Knock” (listen HERE) and “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile” (listen HERE and watch the Mitchell deQuilettes-directed video HERE). Upon the album’s announcement, Stereogum raved that the “power-pop all-star team are back in action” while hailing the “long-running power-pop army of melodically gifted mostly-Canadians.” SPIN praised “One Kind of Solomon” as “a chaotic arena-rock number, with heavy drums immediately reminiscent of bands like U2 and Arcade Fire. Soon enough, shimmering guitars and keyboards peak through a wall-of-sound mix mostly composed of multi-tracked drums and vocals.”

Album art and track list follow below, and the record is available for purchase HERE.

“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 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.”

 

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS,
IN THE MORSE CODE OF BRAKE LIGHTS

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

September 27                                             Madison, WI                                         Majestic Theatre
September 28                                               Urbana, IL                            Pygmalion Music Festival
September 29                                            Columbia, MO                Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
October 1                                                Minneapolis, MN                                           First Avenue
October 2                                                     Chicago, IL                                                  Vic Theatre
October 3                                                     Detroit, MI                                          Majestic Theatre
October 5                                               San Francisco, CA                      Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

November 4                                                Boston, MA                                                         Royale
November 5                                             Washington, DC                         9:30 Club (SOLD OUT)
November 6                                             Washington, DC                                       Lincoln Theatre

November 7                                               Brooklyn, NY                                           Brooklyn Steel
November 8                                             Philadelphia, PA                                        Union Transfer
November 10                                            Saxaphaw, NC                                 Haw River Ballroom
November 11                                             Asheville, NC                                        The Orange Peel

November 12                                              Atlanta, GA                                       Buckhead Theatre

November 14                                         North Adams, MA                                          Mass MoCA
January 30                                                   Seattle, WA                                          Neptune Theatre

January 31                                                  Portland, OR                                       Roseland Theater

February 3                                               Los Angeles, CA                                  The Fonda Theatre

February 4                                                 San Diego, CA                    The Observatory North Park

February 5                                                  Phoenix, AZ                               The Crescent Ballroom

February 6                                                  Santa Fe, NM                                               Meow Wolf

February 8                                                    Dallas, TX                                                  Canton Hall

February 9                                                  Houston, TX                               White Oak Music Hall

February 10                                                  Austin, TX                                                           Emo’s

February 11                                           Oklahoma City, OK                                      Tower Theatre

February 12                                             Kansas City, MO                                             The Truman

February 13                                                 Omaha, NE                                                   Slowdown

February 15                                              Englewood, CO                                         Gothic Theatre

February 16                                           Salt Lake City, UT                                              The Depot

 

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