Murder By Death Announces New Album Big Dark Love, Out On 2/3/15


November 5th, 2014 by bsradmin

Murder By Death will release a new album Big Dark Love on February 3rd, 2015 via Bloodshot Records (pre-order available here). This is the band’s seventh full-length album and first since their 2012 Bloodshot debut Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon.

Big Dark Love reflects a different, bigger, more complex side of the band. As hinted in the title, the 10 songs circle a central theme of love, only in this case, the oft-traveled topic is examined through non-traditional kaleidoscopes: the love of a parent for their child, the struggle between unconditional love and morality, loving to excess. There can sometimes be a dusky patina of despair overlaying glints of hope.

For a band that has built its formidable, near 15-year career around a consideration to tension, release, bombast, ecstasy, and highest-highs vs. lowest-lows, it is something to say that this is Murder By Death’s most dynamic release to date. Sonically here, their signature sound – rootsy indie rock, cinematic gothic ballads, and rousing pub rock shout-alongs – mixes with enlivening new stylistic elements – touches of pop, synth-y electronics, and psych rock – only hinted at on previous albums.

Big Dark Love was recorded at La La Land in Louisville, KY in the summer of 2014. It was produced by Murder By Death and Kevin Ratterman, and mixed by John Congleton.

Big Dark Love track listing:

1.      I Shot An Arrow
2.      Strange Eyes
3.      Big Dark Love
4.      Dream in Red
5.      Solitary One
6.      Send Me Home
7.      The Last Thing
8.      Natural Pearl
9.      It Will Never Die
10.     Hunted

Additionally, Murder By Death has launched a Kickstarter campaign to accompany the new release. Following the engaging fan-fueled experiences and overwhelming response of their Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon crowd-funded project, the band concocted new options for fans to choose from, including private shows, a concert in a cave, special edition vinyl, a new art book (entitled Framed: The Poster Art of Murder By Death; a full color art book that reproduces 15 years of MBD posters), and more. You can see all the choices here.

Starting in late January, Murder By Death will embark on a lengthy U.S. tour in support of Big Dark Love, the first time fans will be able to hear music from the new album. The tour begins on the West Coast in Seattle on January 30, continues across to the East Coast in February, and eventually doubles back and wraps up in Bloomington, IN in mid-March. The band will also tour through the Midwest in late May.

Murder By Death Big Dark Love album release tour dates (LINK):
30-Dec    Denver, CO    Gothic Theater w/ Lucero
31-Dec    Denver, CO    Gothic Theater w/ Lucero
2-Jan    Estes Park, CO    Stanley Hotel
3-Jane    Estes Park, CO    Stanley Hotel
4-Jan    Estes Park, CO    Stanley Hotel
30-Jan    Seattle, WA    The Crocodile
31-Jan    Portland, OR    Star Theater
3-Feb    Salt Lake City, UT    Bar Deluxe
5-Feb    San Francisco, CA    The Independent
6-Feb    Santa Cruz, CA    The Catalyst Atrium
7-Feb    Los Angeles, CA    The Roxy
8-Feb    Santa Ana, CA    The Constellation Room
9-Feb    Phoenix, AZ    Crescent Ballroom
10-Feb    Albuquerque, NM    Launchpad
12-Feb    Dallas, TX    Club Dada
13-Feb    Austin, TX    Red 7
14-Feb    Houston, TX    Fitzgerald's Downstairs
15-Feb    Memphis, TN    Hi-Tone Café
24-Feb    Pittsburgh, PA    Mr Smalls
25-Feb    Cleveland, OH    Grog Shop
27-Feb    Boston, MA    Paradise Rock Club
28-Feb    New York, NY    Bowery Ballroom
1-Mar    Brooklyn, NY    Music Hall of Williamsburg
4-Mar    Hamden, CT    The Ballroom at The Outer Space
5-Mar    Charlottesville, VA    The Southern
6-Mar    Philadelphia, PA    Union Transfer
7-Mar    Washington, DC    Black Cat
8-Mar    Raleigh, NC    Kings Barcade
10-Mar    Tampa, FL    The Orpheum
11-Mar    Orlando, FL    The Social
12-Mar    Atlanta, GA    Terminal West
13-Mar    Nashville, TN    Mercy Lounge
14-Mar    Bloomington, IN    The Bluebird
28-May    St Paul, MN    Turf Club
29-May    Milwaukee, WI    Turner Hall Ballroom
31-May    Chicago, IL    Subterranean