Big Harp To Release Waveless on August 14 via Majestic Litter, Announce Tour Dates with The Good Life

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Big Harp To Release Waveless on August 14 via Majestic Litter

Announce Tour Dates with The Good Life

Stream: “Golden Age” via Pure Volume or SoundCloud


Big Harp is set to release their new album Waveless on August 14 via Portland-based tape label Majestic Litter. Big Harp’s third album follows the limited edition single “It’s A Shame” and marks a complete sea change in the band’s approach. Gone are the slow-burners and heavy-handed narrative lyrics which can be found on their earlier albums. In their place are big, fuzzed-out riffs and scruffy pop melodies floating over sneakily complicated timings and changes. The exuberance and fuck-it-just-do-it-ness carries over to the release itself — the album is coming out only a month or so after most of the songs were recorded. Free from the typical cycle of record – wait a year and a half – tour – write – repeat, Waveless is by far Big Harp’s most immediate recording.

Pure Volume has premiered “Golden Age” from Waveless and the track is available to share via SoundCloud. Big Harp’s Stefanie Drootin-Senseney told Pure Volume, “The song is about the myth of endless decay and the myth of eternal progress and the permanent, mediocre reality where their slopes intersect,” Drootin-Senseney explains. “Oh my god, I don’t really talk like that. It’s about how it’s tempting to idolize the past or the future, because it’s easy to imagine away all the rough, messy edges. It’s also about sick riffs.” Waveless is available to pre-order digitally and on cassette in the Majestic Litter online store
From the desk of Big Harp: The truth is Big Harp doesn’t really exist. It’s kind of a catch-all that covers whatever Stef (Stefanie Drootin-Senseney, who plays bass and sings) and I (Chris Senseney, who plays guitar and some keys and sings) and now Daniel (Ocanto, who is the drummer) feel like doing at any particular time. None of our albums are really related to each other. We don’t typically perform back catalog material; in fact, most of our songs have only been performed BEFORE they were recorded. Which could change, if we feel like it.
So, we made a new record. Although they are awesome, we’re not putting it out with the labels we’ve worked with in the past (Fat Possum and Saddle Creek). We’re releasing it on Majestic Litter, a tape and digital label run by a close friend in the Pacific Northwest. It feels pretty great to be putting out an album basically right after it’s finished. A few of these new songs we recorded with John Congleton in 2014, but the rest we self-produced with our friend Pierre de Reeder engineering like a month ago (June /July 2015). The music is fuzzy and poppy and kind of thrashy and Stef and I sing together a ton. We kind of think it rules the most of all our albums, but we get that people who like the first two might not love it (they would be wrong though). Like I said, the records don’t really have anything to do with each other, except that the same people made them. Sort of the same people. Although how the same are we really? Wait, wait, sorry, I’m rambling, I do that. See ya.
Waveless Track List:

  1. Waves
  2. Golden Age
  3. Numbers
  4. Diev
  5. Image
  6. Opera Lights
  7. Trades
    08.   Portraiture
  8. Disappears
  9. Wires
  10. It’s Over

Big Harp Tour Dates

08.17 Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon
08.18 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
08.19 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
08.20 Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch
08.21 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
08.22 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
08.23 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
08.25 Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at the Outer Space
08.26 Boston, MA @ Sinclair
08.27 New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
08.28 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
08.29 Carrboro, NC @Cat’s Cradle
08.30 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
09.01 Orlando, FL @ The Social
09.02 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
09.03 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
09.04 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
09.05 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
09.06 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
11.06 Fort Collins, CO @ Lyric Cinema Cafe
11.07 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
11.09 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
11.10 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
11.12 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
11.13 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
11.14 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
11.15 Bellingham, WA @ Shakedown
11.17 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11.18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
11.19 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
11.20 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
11.21 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
11.22 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
11.24 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
11.25 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
11.27 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

All shows with The Good Life

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