Bremerton, WA’s TUMBLEDOWN wants to knock one back with their fans and celebrate the release of their new album, Empty Bottle via End Sounds on October 26. The rock & roll sounds of frontman Mike Herrera (MxPx, Arthur) and the band have never been more electric, and rightly so, Empty Bottle is a perfect display of that energy.
Beginning today, fans can pre-order the new album Empty Bottle, produced by Mike Herrera, through Shockhound.com for a special low price. A limited edition LP version of Empty Bottle, also available on October 26 and features the same track listing but varied artwork, will be exclusively available through the label’s site www.endsounds.com, the band’s website www.tumbledownhq.com, and from the band at shows. Only 500 copies of the LP will be available with 100 pressed in special white vinyl. Each purchase of the vinyl album will come with a digital download of the entire album as well.
After a relentless 2009 in which the band released their self-titled debut and a live album entitled, Live In Tulsa, in addition to touring in support of both, TUMBLEDOWN was ready to get back into the studio to start work on Empty Bottle.
The music of Tumbledown takes that sepia-tinged image of Americana and sends it hurtling into the present, with the help of some punk-inflected riffs and pure rock & roll attitude. All of the album’s songs written on the road, the characters in Herrera’s songs drink to forget; they ask for a reason to stay in town without really expecting to get one; they look at the madness around them and wonder whether it’s them or the rest of the world that’s gone crazy.
“I want to paint those colors that they’ve been missing but never knew were missing until they heard them on this new record and now life is never the same after that,” Herrera explains. “We have a good time each time we perform and we want our fans to have the same reaction while listening.”
On Empty Bottle’s first single, “Arrested in El Paso Blues”, Herrera accompanied by Jack Parker on guitar and brothers Marshall and Harley Trotland on standup bass and drums, respectively, sings about country and roots music staples – drinking, fighting, gambling, ladies of the night and brushes with the law. From the full-frontal cowpunk attack of the opening cut, “Places In This Town,” where the narrator braves harm to body and soul but still finds strength to forge ahead, to closing track “Not Hung Over,” a classic morning-after-madness tale of a dizzy-headed drinking man’s denial, Empty Bottle offers an image of Americana that’s as true, tragic, tumultuous, and tantalizing.
In celebration, the band will embark on a month long tour, kicking off in their hometown of Bremerton, WA with a Halloween-themed CD release party at Winterland. The tour will continue through the last week of November. More special promotions and International release dates are to be announced within the coming weeks.
Empty Bottle Track Listing:
1. Places In This Town
2. Empty Bottle
3. Meet The Devil (Feat. Louis DeFabrizio of Gasoline Heart)
4. Arrested In El Paso Blues
5. Great Big World
6. She’s In Texas (And I’m Insane)
7. St. Peter
8. A Thousand More Times
9. Dead Man Walking
10. Bad News (feat. Todd Beene of Lucero/Glossary)
11. Drink To Forget
12. Not Hung Over (A True Story)
TUMBLEDOWN Tour Dates:
Sat, 10/30 Bremerton, WA Winterland
Sun, 10/31 Spokane, WA The Seaside
Tue, 11/2 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
Wed, 11/3 Albuquerque, NM TBD
Thu, 11/4 El Paso, TX TBD
Fri, 11/5 San Antonio, TX Limelight
Sat, 11/6 Frisco, TX Lochrann’s
Sun, 11/7 Dallas, TX Double Wide
Tue, 11/9 Austin, TX TBD
Wed, 11/10 Houston, TX TBD
Thu, 11/11 Baton Rouge, LA North Gate Tavern
Fri, 11/12 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s
Sat, 11/13 Shreveport, LA The Collective
Sun, 11/14 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
Mon, 11/15 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway
Tue, 11/16 Chicago, IL Schubas
Wed, 11/17 Madison, WI TBD
Thu, 11/18 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
Fri, 11/19 Sioux Falls, SD Nutty’s
Sat, 11/20 Bismarck, ND Basement Party
**More dates TBA