Published Dec 11, 2018Amanda Palmer is returning with a new solo album. Called There Will Be No Intermission, the record will arrive on March 8. And yes, that's indeed the record's very revealing album art up above.
There Will Be No Intermission marks Palmer's third proper solo album, which was recorded with John Congleton in a single month. It was also entirely crowdfunded via Palmer's Patreon.
A press release states: "There Will Be No Intermission is the multi-faceted artist's most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense with it all. While the themes may be dark, the album's overall sonic and lyrical mood is one of triumph in the face of life's most ineffably shitty circumstances."
Palmer herself added, "Most of these songs were exercises in survival. This isn't really the record that I was planning to make. But loss and death kept happening in real-time, and these songs became my therapeutic arsenal of tools for making sense of it all."
She further explained the following:
I've never been nervous about releasing a record before, but this one is different. The rise of global fascism alongside the spreading fire of #MeToo has forged a louder megaphone for all women, and we're all seeing that radical truth is infectious. I feel more urgency than ever to share the naked truth of my experiences. The kind of stories that I'm sharing on this record — abortion, miscarriage, cancer, grief, the darker sides of parenthood — have been therapeutic and frightening to write. But every time I play them for my friends and fans, the nodding heads of empathy have lit a fire under my ass to record and release them.
In addition to Congleton, the album features Palmer's friend and frequent collaborator Jason Webley, Montreal-based programmer/keyboardist Max Henry and veteran drummer Joey Waronker. Longtime collaborator Jherek Bischoff also plays on the record, and he "arranged 10 short orchestral instrumentals based on the motifs of the songs, creating an intermission of sorts between each track," the press release explains.
To go along with the album announcement, Palmer has shared the new song "Drowning in the Sound," which you can hear at the bottom of the page.
Also down below, you'll find Palmer's newly announced 2019 North American tour in support of the new album. Besides several U.S. stops, she will be playing Canadian shows Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
Alongside the album, Palmer is releasing an artbook of narrative photography. You can learn more about that here.
There Will Be No Intermission:
1. All The Things
2. The Ride
4. Drowning in the Sound
5. Hold On Tight
6. The Thing About Things
7. Life's Such a Bitch Isn't It
8. Judy Blume
9. Feeding the Dark
10. Bigger on the Inside
11. There Will Be No Intermission
13. You Know the Statistics
14. Voicemail for Jill
15. You'd Think I'd Shot Their Children
16. A Mother's Confession
17. They're Saying Not to Panic
18. Look Mummy, No Hands
19. Intermission is Relative
20. Death Thing
03/13-14 Austin, TX - SXSW
03/21 Detroit, MI - The Cathedral - Masonic Temple
03/22 Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
03/23 Montreal, QC - Monument National - Ludger-Duvernay Theatre
04/05 Washington, DC - National Theatre
04/06 Philadelphia, PA - Temple Performing Arts Center
04/12 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
04/13 St. Paul, MN - The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
04/19 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
04/20 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
05/10 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
05/11 Los Angeles, CA - Theatre at Ace Hotel
05/17 Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Centre
05/18 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
05/30 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
05/31 Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
06/01 Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
06/06 Vancouver, BC - The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
06/07 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
06/08 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom