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There’s quite a bit of news coming out of The Ballroom Thieves’ camp these days, as the award-winning Boston folk trio have recently unveiled a new video, detailed a forthcoming covers EP, and outlined a North American tour that brings them home for a December 29 show at Royale.
The video is for “Only Lonely,” the lead track off the Thieves’ May EP Paper Crown, and you can watch it below.
“The lyrics and music of ‘Only Lonely’ began as a stream of consciousness I could use as a pillow for my mind whenever my loneliness became overwhelming,” the band state. “The idea was not to wallow in these feelings, nor to avoid them altogether, but to accept that this is what living feels like to me, and to know that’s quite alright. The problem is neglecting to speak up about our feelings like loneliness, anxiety, depression, or neurological variations (among so many others) only compounds them over time, often leaving us buried beneath an avalanche of chemical imbalances and social misunderstandings. In order to create a more harmonious society, as humanity, we require nothing less than benevolent acceptance of others and their sensitivities. The more we talk about loneliness, the less lonely we will be.”
They continue: “Today, this song and its accompanying music video serve as a gentle anthem for those of us who navigate sadness and disquiet, anxiety and nervousness. The flashes of abstract visuals are meant to be a reminder that our diverse mental states create palettes of color and beauty that deserve to be observed with compassion, rather than judgment, and that the constant juxtaposition between isolation and community is a pillar of our collective human experience.”
The Ballroom Thieves’ covers EP is also taking shape, and today (October 8) marks the release of their version of Joe Pug’s “Hymn #101.” The EP, titled Covers, is out November 9 via Nettwerk Records and also features versions of songs by Bahamas and Frightened Rabbit.
The Ballroom Thieves 2018 Live Dates:
October 11: Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
October 13: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
October 14: Ashland, OR @ Ashland Folk Collective
October 18: Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
October 19: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
October 20: Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub
October 25: Des Moines, IA @ Gas Lamp
October 26: Davenport, IA @ Redstone Room
October 27:Chicago, IL @ Schubas
October 28: Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
October 30: Newport, KY @ Wooden Cask Brewing Company
November 1: Chattanooga, TN @ Songbirds South
November 2: Nashville, TN @ High Watt
November 3: Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
November 15: Albany, NY @ Massry Center
November 16: Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
November 17: Montague, MA @ Shea Theater Arts Center
December 6: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
December 7: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
December 8: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
December 9: Fairfield, CT @ Fairfield Theatre StageOne
December 11: Rochester, NY @ Honest Folk presents…The Ballroom Thieves
December 12: Toronto, CA @ The Drake
December 14: Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
December 28: Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
December 29: Boston, MA @ Royale