ANDREW BIRD To Release ‘ARE YOU SERIOUS’ Listen to Single ‘CAPSIZED” Now

Andrew-Bird---Are-You-Serious---Album-Cover-ArtworkAndrew Bird has always been highly respected and has held a captive audience with his story telling prowess, but it’s with his new album, Are You Serious, that he has made a breakthrough record. Coming April 1st via his new label home, Loma Vista Recordings (Spoon, St. Vincent, HEALTH), and produced by Tony Berg, the album propels him into a new category of American songwriters. It’s his most direct lyrically to date with key contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills. Listen to Capsized via this playful lyric video based on Baldessari’s distinctive album artwork, which premiered today on CBC Music. A special, limited edition box set will include, among other things, coloured 180g vinyl, and exclusive material on bonus 10” + 7” formats.

Three years ago, while traveling west to California to start a new life with his wife and young child, they stopped at the family farm in rural Illinois for two weeks to catch their breath. The previous two years had been intense to say the least: raising a child in New York City as his wife battled a serious illness. With these dark days behind them, Bird spent the next seven days on the front porch writing the lyrics for what became Are You Serious.  It’s a breakthrough for him in that it gets to the quick of the matter. This is the record he needed to make right now and is certain to put him in the leading class of American songwriter.

The album was put together with a rigor akin to a novelist or playwright and musically crafted like a wrecking crew session where you have to be good right in that moment. There’s little folksy quaintness or whimsical flights of fancy. There’s less wordplay and more intent to process some difficult times that Bird went through. From the album art, created by the godfather of conceptual art John Baldessari, to foregoing his traditional writing process, Bird has emerged from challenging times and a new process with an album that may be his best.

Performed on Conan last night, the first single, Capsized, begins to take you down the path that Bird so carefully crafted on the record, speaking from an unguarded point of view while keeping with the melodic, syntactic standards that he has held true to since the beginning of his career.

For more on the record, you can listen to Bird’s All Songs Considered interview with Bob Boilen (link below). Additionally, Bird has announced more show dates for his world tour with $1 for every ticket sold going to Everytown for Gun Violence, an organization that works to end gun violence to build safer communities. Beyond the album, Andrew’s original musical score and distinctive whistling provide an offbeat décor to the brand new Zach Galifianakis comedy, Baskets, airing on FX. Amidst the tour and all of the above, 2016 will prove to be a big year for Bird.

Pre-order the album here and receive and instant grat for CapsizedOfficial Andrew Bird Store:


Feb 25 – Eindhoven, NL – Muziekgebouw
Feb 26 – Amsterdam, NL – Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ
Feb 27 – Rotterdam, NL – De Doelen
Feb 28 – Groningen, NL – De Oosterpoort
Mar 30 – Nashville, TN – The Ryman
April 1 – Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival
April 2 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
April 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
April 5 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
April 7 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
April 8 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
April 9 – Boston, MA – Citi Wang Theatre
April 11 – Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
April 13 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall   
April 14 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
April 15 – Columbus, OH – The LC Pavillion
April 16 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
April 18 – Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theater
April 19 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
April 21 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
April 22 – St. Louis, MO – The The Pageant
April 30 – Dublin, IRE – Vicar Street
May 2 – Edinburgh, UK – Queen’s Hall
May 3 – Manchester, UK – Cathedral
May 4 – London, UK – Roundhouse
May 6 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
May 8 – Brussels, BE – Cirque Royale
May 9 – Paris, FR – Trianon
May 13 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
May 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Ace Theatre
May 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Ace Theatre
May 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
May 18 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
May 19 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
May 21 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre
May 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
May 24 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre

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