The new Bishop Allen record, Lights Out (out Aug. 19 on Dead Oceans), is here at last. Lights Out is the whip-smart, endlessly catchy follow-up to 2009’s Grrr… and the band will tour in support of it this Fall kicking things off with an album release show at Glasslands in Brooklyn on Thursday, Aug. 21 (tickets). Here’s what went into Lights Out: ten years, three full-lengths, twelve EPs, thousands of shows, a move out of Brooklyn, a new home in the wooly wilds of Kingston, NY, time off to score the films Bully and Mutual Friends, as well as an Anderson Cooper 360 special, months of demos, drum tracking in a sweat-lodge attic studio during a July heat wave, a wet Fall arranging guitars, bass, and synths in a now-chilly attic studio, the coldest December on record spent mixing, a close call with a frozen pipe and flooded hard drives, and a photo found on a friend’s refrigerator.
LISTEN TO BISHOP ALLEN’S “START AGAIN”:
Here’s who worked on Lights Out: Justin Rice (vocals, guitar, synths), Michael Tapper (drums, backing vocals, synths), Darbie Nowatka (vocals), Dave Lerner (bass, additional guitar, backing vocals), Christian Rudder (additional guitar), Matthew Cullen (additional guitar), Eli Walker (additional bass), Ken Cook (backing vocals), Anne Cunningham (backing vocals), and Jon Natchez (horns). It was produced and mixed by Matthew Cullen in Bishop Allen’s hometown of Kingston, NY.
Here’s what you do with it: Check the weather. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you’ve still got some summer left-the bittersweet tail end of it. Get yourself invited to some cookouts, or throw one, and if you still have it in you to get a little drunk or otherwise shut off any sense of responsibility, go for that. Play this record at that event. You don’t have to listen too closely-it sounds great & you’re going to have fun with it and feel good. Hey! you’ll say, I wish we had this record at the beginning of the summer! Luckily, you don’t have to wait until August to hear the opening track, “Start Again.” Check it out above.