Murder By Death releasing new album in February

Music News | Dec 10th, 2014

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Murder By Death have a new album coming out on February 3rd via Bloodshot Records. The album is called Big Dark Love and Entertainment Weekly is streaming one of the tunes off the album called “Strange Eyes!”

Big Dark Love is now available for pre-order on CD and LP via Bloodshot’s website or digitally via iTunes, in which purchasing parties will receive an instant MP3 download of the lead single, “Strange Eyes.”

Big Dark Love reflects a different, more complex side of the band. As hinted in the title, the 10 songs circle a central theme of love, only in this case, the oft-traveled topic is examined through a non-traditional kaleidoscope: the love of a parent for their child, the struggle between unconditional love and morality, loving to excess. There can sometimes be a dusky patina of despair overlaying glints of hope. For a band that has built its formidable, near 15-year career around a consideration to tension, release, bombast, ecstasy, and highest-highs vs. lowest-lows, it is something to say that this is Murder By Death’s most dynamic release to date. Sonically here, their signature sound – rootsy indie rock, cinematic gothic ballads, and rousing pub rock shout-alongs – mixes with enlivening new stylistic elements – touches of pop, synth-y electronics, and psych rock – only hinted at on previous albums.

In support of the new album, Murder By Death will embark on a U.S. tour in late January, the first time fans will be able to hear new material in full. The lengthy stretch of dates begins on the West Coast in Seattle on January 30, continues across the continental U.S. to the East Coast in February, and eventually doubles back and wraps up in Bloomington, IN in mid-March. The band will also tour through the Midwest in late May. All tour dates can be found listed below, or on the band’s tour page.

Murder By Death Big Dark Love album release tour dates:

30-Jan Seattle, WA The Crocodile
31-Jan Portland, OR Star Theater
3-Feb Salt Lake City, UT Bar Deluxe
5-Feb San Francisco, CA The Independent
6-Feb Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst Atrium
7-Feb Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
8-Feb Santa Ana, CA The Constellation Room
9-Feb Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
10-Feb Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
12-Feb Dallas, TX Club Dada
13-Feb Austin, TX Red 7
14-Feb Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
15-Feb Memphis, TN Hi-Tone Café
24-Feb Pittsburgh, PA Mr Smalls
25-Feb Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
27-Feb Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
28-Feb New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
1-Mar Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
4-Mar Hamden, CT The Ballroom at The Outer Space
5-Mar Charlottesville, VA The Southern
6-Mar Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
7-Mar Washington, DC Black Cat
8-Mar Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade
10-Mar Tampa, FL The Orpheum
11-Mar Orlando, FL The Social
12-Mar Atlanta, GA Terminal West
13-Mar Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
14-Mar Bloomington, IN The Bluebird
28-May St Paul, MN Turf Club
29-May Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
31-May Chicago, IL Subterranean


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