Published Jan 16, 2018Preoccupations have announced that an album's worth of new material is on the way — and aptly enough, the upcoming LP is titled New Material. It's due out March 23 via Flemish Eye/Jagjaguwar.
New Material marks the follow-up to 2016's Preoccupations. Prior to that, the band released their debut album under the controversial moniker Viet Cong.
The new album was self-recorded by the band, though they did bring in Justin Meldal-Johnson on mixing duties.
The process marked a more collaborative one than the band were used to, going into the recording with little to nothing written or demoed. Out of that process emerged a heavy realization for lead vocalist, songwriter and bassist Matt Flegel.
"It's an ode to depression. To depression and self-sabotage, and looking inward at yourself with extreme hatred," he said in a statement. "Finishing 'Espionage' was when I realized. I looked at the rest of the lyrics and realized the magnitude of what was wrong."
It's fitting then that "Espionage" serves as listeners' introduction to the band's latest work. Scroll past the full New Material tracklisting and the group's upcoming tour dates to stream the new track.
04/14 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
04/18 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
04/19 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade *
04/20 Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere (Zone One) ^
04/23 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts *
04/24 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
04/26 Columbus, OH - The A&R Music Bar *
04/27 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
04/29 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
05/01 Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret *
05/03 Edmonton, AB - Starlite *
05/04 Calgary, AB - Palomino *
05/05 Calgary, AB - Palomino
05/09 Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
05/11 Seattle, WA - Barboza #
05/12 Portland, OR - Star Theater #
05/14 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop #
05/18 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo #
05/19 Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar #
05/22 Austin, TX - Barracuda
05/23 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
05/24 St. Louis, MO - Firebird
06/05 London, UK - London Underground
06/07 Berlin, D - Musik & Frieden
06/10 Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival
06/11 Paris, France - Maroquinerie
06/12 Ramsgate, UK - RMH
06/13 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
07/03 Amsterdam - Sugarfactory
^ with Odonis Odonis
* with Freak Heat Waves
# with Moaning