× Late spring release and European tour for Daniel Romano

Late spring release and European tour for Daniel Romano

07-12-2015

Really happy to share 2016 tourdates for Daniel Romano today. Read below Q&A for a glimpse of whats to come. His new LP "Mosey" is scheduled for late spring through New West Records.

26-MAY: Newcastle (UK) @ The Cluny 2*
27-MAY: Glasgow (UK) @ The Classic Grand*
28-MAY: Aberdeen (UK) @ The Tunnels*
29-MAY: York (UK) @ The Crescent*
30-MAY: Oxford (UK) @ The Bullingdon*
31-MAY: London (UK) @ The Lexington*
01-JUNE: Antwerpen (BE) @ De Roma*
02-JUNE: Gent (BE) @ Dok*
03-JUNE: Groningen (NL) @ Oosterpoort*
04-JUNE: Utrecht (NL) @ TivoliVredenburg*
05-JUNE: Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso*
06-JUNE: Nijmegen (NL) @ Doornroosje*
17-JUNE: Vitoria (ESP) @ Azkena Rock Festival

* with Kacy and Clayton

A glimpse of what's to come with Daniel Romano: "Dig?"

 New West Records plans to release your newest record, Mosey, in the springtime of 2016. Did you have a vision for this record from the start? How much did you let its own trajectory pull you and pull from you? “A vision is only as clear as a movement made in the dark. If there are rapid movements in the dark, you have to rely on other types of sensors to guide you through that void: fear, instinct, and the current. Anything overthought becomes an untruth. Anything overlooked may be the hidden bijou. The trajectory was never quite visual. It pulled me, I pulled it, and in the end I only ever forgot her name. I only somewhat remember her face but her voice is reverberating still in the dry bones of tomorrow. Velocity is my only vision.”

Do you feel connected to anything once it's recorded? “Only as a passenger or a messenger bird. These things do not belong to me. They simply pass through me and then leave my fingertips forever. They are beyond me in anticipation, beyond me in creation and beyond me in their passing. I touch them for a brief season and they abandon me. I am often left bemused. I hope their spirit might touch you the same.”

You've been described as a little ahead of the game. "Mosey" may be the closest you've come to releasing something somewhat current. How does that make you feel? “I am thrilled not to have to bury the dead so long after the funeral. There is a great discomfort in sitting around as the past rots at your door. The flowers are in bloom and I smell the laurel from off the hill. It’s no longer a death. It’s a season of great harvest and my belly is full.”

 Do you feel connected to anything once it's recorded? “Only as a passenger or a messenger bird. These things do not belong to me. They simply pass through me and then leave my fingertips forever. They are beyond me in anticipation, beyond me in creation and beyond me in their passing. I touch them for a brief season and they abandon me. I am often left bemused. I hope their spirit might touch you the same.”

You've been described as a little ahead of the game. "Mosey" may be the closest you've come to releasing something somewhat current. How does that make you feel? “I am thrilled not to have to bury the dead so long after the funeral. There is a great discomfort in sitting around as the past rots at your door. The flowers are in bloom and I smell the laurel from off the hill. It’s no longer a death. It’s a season of great harvest and my belly is full.”

 People have been calling you country (you prefer mosey); but throughout your last touring cycles, there was a distinct sonic shift (for example, a man thinking he had missed the show and that a punk band was playing when in actuality it was the Trilliums). Why are people still calling you whiskey-soaked honkytonk, warshed 'n’ swarshed in sobbing pedal steel, twinkled in twang? “People are used to being used to things. What I do, if nothing else, is explore and evoke an opposition to such human comforts in song and in style. I am not interested in the greying cells the lazy marketing turkeys of the industry are building to throw everyone in. A song is a being without race or class. It is something of the soul and the spirit and the bird storms on the road. No being has the hands to hold it, yet no one will let go.”

So many artists need to maintain very specific routines and spaces to write in; you don't seem to require this - have you ever? “There is no routine or space in which anything is certain. There is death just below us and death waiting on the hill. “I am the grass. Let me work." Carl Sandburg spoke of the grass as the mask of humanity and the very living thing growing above the dead. “Pile the bodies high at Gettysburg, and pile them high at Ypres and Verdun. Shovel them under and let me work. Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor: What place is this? Where are we now? I am the grass. Let me work.” (Cornhuskers, 1918). Every place and every day is uncertain. I am the grass. ”

You've been very busy touring this year. How did you manage to even make this record? The first version of Mosey was written on a boat, no? How much did it change? “The Atlantic has been good to me. The voices of the spirits ring more clearly there. They linger longer on the winds. Land brings a different gale and these types of things collide if you’re not careful. You can’t play sorrow without a bow and you can’t leave the earth without the sea. The story can’t be fully told that high above the ancient valleys. You must come back and remember it wrong.”

Is music what influences you or is it the world at large? How do your favorite poets, visual artists, overheard conversations come into play and when? “Music is the only form of love I know. Perhaps it’s the music in the world at large that influences me. And yet we pass it down secretly over the years and erode its engravings with dead ancient tears. I become forced by the age to say move not your hips for we simply can’t use it. There’s no need to dance if there isn’t a music. It seems as if music is joining the gravesite of poems and chance. Now they’re building a tombstone of plastic and sweat-pants, a new future convenient and crass. Music is alive in us and we treat it like a cancer. Music is a cure we blame as disease. I could only ever speak to those who might care to listen. Music is the only form of love I know. The new dead medium.”

What do you hear in the silence? “Distress.”

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