Preoccupations announce ‘New Material’ + release first single ‘Espionage’

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PreoccupationsPreoccupations will return in 2018 with ‘New Material’ which builds a world that is dark and exhilarating by a band in their prime. The four-piece self-recorded the album but this time pulled in Justin Meldal-Johnson (M83, Wolf Alice) for mixing duties to amplify the band’s singular post-punk grit. Their music has always worked through themes of creation, destruction, and futility. While the darker side may have been well explored, that’s not quite the same as it being fully, intensely lived. This time, it was. The result is ‘New Material,’ a collection of tracks that solidifies Preoccupations to be true masters of their sound. Take a listen to the first track lifted from the album titled Espionage via YouTube below.

Talking about the album, lead vocalist, songwriter and bassist Matt Flegel says “It’s an ode to depression. To depression and self-sabotage, and looking inward at yourself with extreme hatred.” The writing for ‘New Material’ gave shape to the sheer tonnage of what Flegel had been carrying. With virtually nothing written or demoed before the band sat down together, the process was more collaborative than before. It was almost architectural – building some things up, tearing others down to the beams, sitting down and writing songs not knowing what they were about. But for Flegel, it led to a reckoning. “Finishing Espionage was when I realized. I looked at the rest of the lyrics and realized the magnitude of what was wrong,” says Flegel.

‘New Material’ track listing




‘New Material’ is the second Preoccupations to feature artwork by long-time Flemish Eye collaborator Marc Rimmer, and the stunning monochromatic art is a perfect complement to the brutalist architecture of the album.The first pressing of the LP is available in limited edition colour vinyl, CD and cassette, and is ready for pre-order now – pre-order ‘New Material’ here >

Known for their explosive and mind expanding live show, Preoccupations will start their world tour in North America this spring. The tour will kick off in Toronto on April 14 and take them to NYC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Portland, and more. Full tour dates come below.

Tour dates

4/14/18 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
4/18/18 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
4/19/18  Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
4/20/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (Zone One) ^
4/23/18  Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts *
4/24/18  Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
4/26/18  Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar *
4/27/18  Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
4/29/18  Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
5/1/18  Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret *
5/3/18  Edmonton, AB @ Starlite *
5/4/18  Calgary, AB @ Palomino *
5/5/18  Calgary, AB @ Palomino
5/9/18  Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
5/11/18 Seattle, WA @ Barboza #
5/12/18  Portland, OR @ Star Theater #
5/14/18  San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop #
5/18/18  Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo #
5/19/18  Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
5/22/18 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
5/23/18  Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
5/24/18  St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
6/5/18 London, UK @ London Underground
6/7/18 Berlin, D @ Musik & Frieden
6/10/18 Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
6/11/18 Paris, France @ Maroquinerie
6/12/18 Ramsgate, UK @ RMH
6/13/18 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
7/3/18 Amsterdam @ Sugarfactory

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* w/ Freak Heat Waves
# w/ Moaning