5/04/2018

Birds of Chicago Release New Album 'Love in Wartime'

BIRDS OF CHICAGO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
LOVE IN WARTIME
 
ON TOUR NOW

 
 
""Love in Wartime" channels the band's increasingly volatile energy as a live act while upholding its penchant for soul-searching lyrics...When Russell and Nero join their voices, the music leaps, it feels joyful despite the unrest that seeps through its cracks."
- Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune
 
"Birds of Chicago seduce us with their joyous, intimate, spare, rousing, soaring vocals and their hauntingly evocative lyrics. Love in Wartime contains one memorable song after another, each tune its own musical suite filled with spiraling melodic beauty."
- Henry Carrigan, No Depression
 
"The duo knows how to hit Americana lovers straight in the heart and provides a collection of songs that are fit for music lovers in general, no matter what they listen to on a regular basis."
- Brenda Hillegas, Elmore Magazine
 
MAY 4, 2018 - Today, Birds of Chicago release their new full-length album Love in Wartimeon Signature Sounds Recordings. The album features "Superlover", "Never Go Back" and "Roll Away", which NPR can't get enough of. "We can almost see a full audience on their feet in a live show, singing and dancing along," says Kim Ruehl (Folk Alley, NPR "Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing") adding, ""Roll Away" celebrates change, with all its painful revelations and inevitable doubt."
Allison Russell and JT Nero recorded the album in Chicago against a backdrop of bewilderment, deep-divide and dread, and Love in Wartime is a rock and roll suite with a cinematic sweep.Co-produced by Nero andLuther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), it evokes epic efforts of the 60's and 70's, with love as the undeniable through-line. As Russell puts it, "Any act of love is an act of bravery. These songs are snapshots of covenants, big and small, of trust and understanding. We want to give people some good news, and we want them to be able to dance when they hear it."

When the band released their last album, theJoe Henry produced Real Midnight, in 2016, critics scrambled to find the right terminology to describe the deep lyricism, gut-punch singing and fevered musicality... "Secular gospel" was one phrase that caught some traction. That fervor is evident in Love in Wartime as well: "Roll Away the heavy stone/roll away the heavy hours/roll on in the summer moon/who's alive who's alive who's alive? " The invitation is joyous, but urgent ... call it "secular gospel," or call it what they used to call poetry intoned over roots music mash-ups: rock n roll. The Birds of Chicago consider themselves a rock and roll band first and foremost, and Love in Wartime doesn't leave any doubt about that.

Built around the chemistry and fire between Russell and Nero, the band has included a core band of empathetic assassins since it took to the road full time in 2013. Russell and Nero played with different bands in the mid-aughts (Po' Girl and JT and the Clouds) before finding their way to each other. Nero found himself a transcendent vocal muse in Russell (a powerful writer in her own right) and the band honed its chops on the road, playing 200 shows a year between 2013-17. All that shaping and sharpening, over so many miles, led them back to Chicago's Electrical Audio in January of 2017, to begin recording.The first day in studio was inauguration day, and they didn't need any more motivation than that to do what they came to do.

For more information on tour dates and artist updates visit birdsofchicago.com.
 
Photo Credit: Yve Assad
 
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TOUR DATES:
MAY 4 FRI - Labadoux Festival - Ingelmunster, Flemish Region, Belgium
MAY 5 SAT - Kilkenny Roots Festival - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland  
MAY 6 SUN - Kilkenny Roots Festival - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland  
MAY 7 MON - Kirton Town Hall Live - Kirton, England, United Kingdom
MAY 8 TUE - The Greystones - Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
MAY 9 WED - The Maze @ The Forest Tavern - Nottingham, United Kingdom
MAY 11 FRI - Calstock Hall - Calstock, C6, United Kingdom
MAY 12 SAT - Seven Arts - Leeds, England, United Kingdom
MAY 13 SUN - The Live Room @Caroline Social Club - Shipley, United Kingdom
MAY 14 MON - The Lexington Presented by Green Note - London, United Kingdom
MAY 15 TUE - The Stables - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
MAY 16 WED - St. Nicholas's Church - Baulking, England, United Kingdom
MAY 17 THU - St. John the Baptist Church - Finchingfield, England, United Kingdom
MAY 18 FRI - Gulbenkian presented by Whitstable Sessions - Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
MAY 20 SUN - Mareel - North Ness, Lerwick Shetland Islands, Scotland, ZE, United Kingdom
MAY 25-26 - DelFest - Cumberland, MD, United States
MAY 27 SUN - Nowhere Else Festival - Cincinnati, OH, United States
JUN 1 FRI - Nelsonville Music Festival - Hocking College - Nelsonville, OH, United States
JUN 2 SAT - Terminal West - Private Event - Atlanta, GA, United States
JUN 3 SUN - Music at Big Purple House - Greensboro, NC, United States
JUN 7 THU - MOMM, Museum of Making Music - Carlsbad, CA, United States
JUN 9 SAT - Novato Festival of Art, Wine & Music - Novato, CA, United States
JUN 15 FRI - Musician's Corner Nashville at Centennial Park - Nashville, TN, United States
JUN 22-23 - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium - Calgary, AB, Canada
JUL 1 SUN - Peg Egan Sunset Concert Series - Egg Harbor, WI, United States
JUL 4 WED - Private Event - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, United States
JUL 5 THU - The Siren - Morro Bay, CA, United States
JUL 6 FRI - Brice Station Vineyards - Murphys, CA, United States
JUL 7-8 - High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA, United States
JUL 13-14 - Green River Music Festival - Greenfield Community College - Greenfield, MA, United States
JUL 21 SAT - Private Function - Concord, MA, United States
AUG 5 SUN - Cambridge Folk Festival - Cambridge, United Kingdom
AUG 11 SAT - Kingsville Folk Festival - Kingsville, ON, Canada
AUG 17 FRI - Bear Creek Folk Fest - Grande Prairie, AB, Canada
AUG 24-25 - Fayetteville Roots Festival - Fayetteville, AR, United States
 

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