The New Pornographers Streaming Album and Announce Tour Dates

The New Pornographers Photo Credit Chris Buck

Photo Credit Chris Buck

The New Pornographers’ highly anticipated new album, Brill Bruisers, is now streaming in full exclusively in Canada at First Play, and will be released world-wide next Monday, August 25 on Last Gang Records. Already receiving widespread acclaim, Pitchfork selected the title track as a “Best New Track,” while NPR Music asserts, “…gloriously infectious” and Consequence of Sound praises, “…a bombastic, vibrant piece of indie rock.” Additionally, the official music video for the track War On The East Coast recently premiered at Rolling Stone and can now be viewed/embedded here.

In celebration of the release, the band will perform material from the new album on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday, September 3 followed by an extensive North American tour, including shows at L.A.’s The Wiltern and New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom as well as appearances at Edmonton’s Sonic Boom Festival, Toronto’s Riot Fest, Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest and Victoria’s Rifflandia. See below for full tour details.

Brill Bruisers is the first new release in four years from the acclaimed supergroup, who have been called, “virtually peerless in the world of power-pop and indie-rock” by NPR Music. Additionally, TheNew Yorker describes the band’s music as, “…magnificent and clever…,” while Stereogum proclaims,“In recent history, no group has featured so much formidable established talent, collaborating on a regular basis.” 

Produced by band-members John Collins (bass) and A.C. Newman, the 12-track album was recorded primarily at Little Blue in Woodstock and at JC/DC Studios in Vancouver with additional recording in Austin, Brooklyn and Vermont. Of the album, lead-singer and main songwriter Newman states, “This album is stylistically as close as we can get to what I think I’ve always imagined us being. I feel like what we did on this has always been in the back of my mind, even from the first record, but we just never did it, like using all the arpeggiators and adding that spacy synth element. It just never seemed right before, and with this record, it completely did. I feel more confident about this record than I’ve ever felt about anything before.”

TNP_BrillBruisers_AlbumCoverArtSince their debut in 2000, The New Pornographers have released five studio albums including their most recent, Together (2010), of which, NPR Music praised, “Unimpeachable pop gems…these are the songs of summer” while ELLE magazine asserted, “The New Pornographers have done what all great bands do: Evolve…unpretentious and unbelievably infectious” and the Associated Press heralded,“…Together finds them at their peak. The melding of Newman’s voice with Neko Case and Kathryn Calder is endlessly inventive, weaving in and out of the nervous-sounding rhythm that is the band’s calling card. The first four songs are what the Electric Light Orchestra meant to achieve but never quite did.”

A limited edition neon glass colour vinyl version of the LP is available at the Last Gang Records web-store. Pre-order this limited edition vinyl and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies last).

The New Pornographers are A.C. Newman, Blaine Thurier, Dan Bejar, John Collins, Kathryn Calder, Kurt Dahle, Neko Case and Todd Fancey.

The album cover design was created by Steven Wilson and Thomas Burden. The interactive artwork page was designed by Chris Shier.


August 29                    Edmonton, AB @ Sonic Boom Festival
August 30                    Halifax, NS @ Sandjam
September 6                Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre*
September 7               Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest
September 11-14       Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia
September 20              Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion†
October 3                    Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore‡
October 4                    Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore§
October 5 & 6              Seattle, WA @ The Showbox§
October 8                     Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom§
October 9                     Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory§
October 10                  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot§
October 11                  Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre§
October 13                  Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom§
October 14                  Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre§
October 15                  Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace§
October 17                  Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern§
October 18                  San Diego, CA @ North Park Theatre§
October 18-19            San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival
November 4                Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom§
November 5                Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel§
November 6                Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre§
November 7                New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre§
November 8                Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 10             St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant§
November 11             Omaha, NE @ Slowdown§
November 13             Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater§
November 14             Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre§
November 15             Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues§
November 17             New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom§
November 19             Boston, MA @ House of Blues§
November 20             Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer§
November 21 & 22    Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club§
November 23             Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle§

*with Perfect Pussy, Pity Sex
†with Iron & Wine, Glass Animals
‡with Pickwick, Cool

  • with special guest The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart


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