Published Nov 29, 2011In addition to penning literary indie rock anthems as the frontman of the Weakerthans, songwriter John K. Samson has released seven-inch records about roads in his home province of Manitoba. These low-key three-song releases have now spawned a full-length, Provincial, due out January 24 via Epitaph Records.
According to a press release, the collection includes newly recorded versions of the songs from the seven-inches, plus unheard tracks. These highly region-specific tunes include "songs about dying villages, Icelandic longing, snowplows, broken glass, satellites, hockey skates, and staff room romances." Among them is the past favourite "Petition," which is about Reggie Leach's induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Watch a trailer for the album below to hear some music and see footage of Manitoba.
Along with the new album, Samson will be embarking on a U.S. solo tour in March and April. Look for more U.S. and Canadian dates to be announced soon.
3/10 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
3/11 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
3/13 Washington, DC - Black Cat
3/15 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
3/16 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
3/17 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk
4/1 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
4/2 Portland, OR - Doug Fir
4/5 San Diego, CA - The Casbah
4/6 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
4/7 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill