Published Oct 13, 2011Rich Aucoin's long-awaited album We're All Dying to Live isn't out until November 1, but the inclusive Halifax musician already has his next full-length on deck.
"I've already got most of the record demoed and written," Aucoin tells Exclaim! in a recent interview.
As Aucoin previously told us, the We're All Dying to Live follow-up will cap off what Aucoin sees as a trilogy that began with Personal Publication in 2007. The EP gained a lot of attention for its ability to act as a substitute soundtrack for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This next release is similarly designed to sync with a children's animated classic.
"The next one is all synched up to the clay animation version of The Little Prince. It's called Ephemeral. The songs follow the same story line as The Little Prince, about how short life is."
This echoes Aucoin's previous comments that Personal Publication was about "love," We're All Dying to Live is about "life," and this future album will be about "loss."
"I'm really going to stick to not taking too long to release this one," he says, referring to the almost four years it took to write, record and release We're All Dying to Live. "I'm definitely hoping [to have it out] in the late fall next year."
Until then, Aucoin and his ever-evolving live show will be hitting the road, hard. He'll be heading down to Brazil for a week in between dates throughout Canada and the U.S. and has plans to escape the harsh Canadian winter and hole up in Los Angeles come January.
Aucoin says he's shacking up with Edmonton's Born Gold for a month-long residency, similar to the ones he did in Toronto and New York earlier this year, before heading to Australia in February.
"I used to think that winter really helped me focus," he says. "This past winter I realized I just get tired and hibernate. So I wanted to go somewhere to be more productive."
Aucoin is currently in Iceland for Iceland Airwaves and heads back to Halifax where he will play St. Matthew's United Church as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion. You can see all his tour dates below.
We're All Dying to Live is due out on November 1 via Sonic Records.
10/15 Reykjavik, Iceland - Hresso (Iceland Airwaves - Canadian Blast)
10/15 Reykjavik, Iceland - Bakkus (Iceland Airwaves - Gogoyoko Party)
10/16 Reykjavik, Iceland - Nasa (Iceland Airwaves - Official Showcase)
10/19 Halifax, NS - St. Matthew's United Church (Halifax Pop Explosion)
10/28 Rouyn-Noranda, QC - Film Festival International
10/29 Charlottetown PEI - Hunters Ale House (Halloween costume party show)
11/4 Yarmouth, NS - Dooly's (Nova Scotia Music Week)
11/7 Regina, SK - The Distrikt ^
11/8 Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room ^
11/9 Calgary, AB - McEwan Hall ^
11/11 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom ^
11/12 Victoria, BC - Sugar ^
11/23 Ottawa, ON - Bronson Centre *
11/24 Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre *
11/25 Toronto, ON - Sound Academy *
^ with Arkells
* with Lights
Rich Aucoin -- It (edit) by Exclaim!