Published Jun 12, 2013Connecticut pop explorers the Stepkids have been teasing the arrival of their sophomore set Troubadour as far back as last fall, but the trio have finally fit the LP with an official street date. Stones Throw slides the set into stores September 10.
A press release confirms that the previously released single "Sweet Salvation" figures in the middle of the 10-song collection, which follows the group's 2011 self-titled debut. The new album, meanwhile, presents a story arc focuses on the titular troubadour "as he grapples with love, life on the road, and the commercial requirements of the music biz." Apparently, the story was somewhat inspired by the band's own experiences.
"The album's kind of autobiographical," bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Dan Edinberg said in a statement. "The troubadour character represents an extremity of who we really are."
Drummer Tim Walsh added that "It's a character anyone can find themselves in."
You can stream newly unveiled single "The Lottery" now down below, where you'll also find the album's tracklist and the band's upcoming U.S. dates.
1. Memoirs of Grey
2. The Lottery
3. Desert In The Dark
4. Insecure Troubadour
5. Sweet Salvation
7. Moving Pictures
8. Bitter Bug
9. Brutal Honesty
10. The Art of Forgetting
6/13 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival - The Other Tent
6/14 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Sonic Stage
6/18 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall (with AM & Shawn Lee)
6/20 New York, NY - VH1 O Music Awards
6/21 Las Vegas, NV - Electric Daisy Carnival (DJ Set)
6/29 Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest Festival
7/12 New London, CT - Hygienic Art Park
7/19 Thornville, OH - All Good Festival
7/20 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House (Music Frees All Festival)
8/2 Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell
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