Posies Mark a Dramatic Change With Release of Eighth Album ‘Solid States’

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During an on/off career stretching across four decades, Seattle based band The Posies have created one of the most compelling catalogues in modern pop.

Led by musical polymaths Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, The Posies have released their eighth album, ‘Solid States’. It marks dramatic changes in the lives, music, and evolution of the band.

Devastated by the sudden death of their long time drummer, Darius, Posies founding members Jon and Ken were faced with the choice about continuing with the band. They decided that hard as it was, they should keep going, but that the moment called for a reinvention. This meant that their previous garage style music was over, and instead, the music they were making, in light of Darius’ death, were crafted from fragile ideas, and contemplative moods. Topics such as death, divorce, loss, the fleeting joys of life, demanded that they be treated with care and respect in terms of their songs. ‘Solid States’ of course retains the trademark legendary melodies, vocal harmonies, and lyrical agility. As artists however, the band felt it was their duty to take risks, and explore, and as a result, the album will be presented live, in a new format, incorporating laptop elements, along with keyboards, guitars, and drums.

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Ahead of their European tour to promote ‘Solid States’, The Posies have released first track, ‘Squirrel vs Snake’, available as a free download from Soundcloud.

The song is about the “state of disunion” in the USA and beyond. The disharmony, the threats to intellectual freedom, and the cynicism we take for granted, in this current age of doublespeak.

‘Solid States’ will be released on heavyweight vinyl LP, CD, and as a digital download, via UK indie label, Lojinx. UK and European release will be 29th April, with a pre-release tour edition, including bonus download tracks, available exclusively at their live shows.

See The Posies at the following:

29 March – The Posies @ Het Depot, Leuven, BELGIUM [tickets]
30 March – The Posies @ Cafe de Stam, Joure, THE NETHERLANDS [tickets]
31 March – The Posies @ Paard, The Hague, THE NETHERLANDS [tickets]
1 April – The Posies @ Gigant Apeldoorn, THE NETHERLANDS
2 April – The Posies @ Paradiso (small hall), Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS [tickets]
3 April – The Posies @ De Effenaar (small hall), Eindhoven, THE NETHERLANDS [tickets]
4 April – The Posies @ Live Music Hall, supporting Nada Surf, Cologne, GERMANY [tickets]
6 April – The Posies @ 100 Club, London, UK [tickets]
8 April – The Posies @ Point FMR, Paris, FRANCE
10 April – The Posies @ Monarch, Berlin, GERMANY [tickets]
12 April – The Posies @ Kagelbanan, Stockholm, SWEDEN
13 April – The Posies @ John Dee, Oslo, Norway [tickets]
14 April – The Posies @ Nefertiti, Gothenburg, SWEDEN
15 April – The Posies @ Mejeriet, Lund, SWEDEN
16 April – The Posies @ Monkeys, Hamburg, GERMANY [tickets]
17 April – The Posies @ Tavastia, Helsinki, FINLAND [tickets]
19 April – The Posies @ Kafe Antzoki (small room), Bilbao, SPAIN [tickets]
20 April – The Posies @ Sala Arena, Madrid, SPAIN [tickets]
21 April – The Posies @ Razzmatazz 2, Bacelona, SPAIN [tickets]
22 April – The Posies @ Loco Club, Valencia SPAIN [tickets]
23 April – The Posies @ Sala Budokan, Cartagena, SPAIN [tickets]
24 April – The Posies @ Sala Malandra, Sevilla SPAIN [tickets]

Find The Posies online on their official website, Twitter, Facebook, InstagramTumblr, Soundcloud, and VEVO. Find their previous releases on iTunes.

 

About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email lisa@essentiallypop.com

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