The Early November are back and poised to take 2015 by storm with the release of their new album Imbue, due out May 12th via Rise Records. Imbue finds the New Jersey rock band sounding galvanized and more dynamic than ever, as evidenced by “Narrow Mouth,” the first single from the new album. The track’s driving verses steadily build to an absolutely enormous chorus that announces The Early November‘s return with a bang.
In addition to the release of Imbue, The Early November are set to embark on lengthy headlining tours of Europe and North America. For the European trek, The Early November has recruited support from You Blew It! and A Great Big Pile Of Leaves. In North America, the band will be joined by Lydia and Restorations. Preorders for Imbue, as well as tickets for The Early November‘s upcoming tour dates are available here.
The life of The Early November has been filled with ups and downs, the likes of which a group of kids from New Jersey could never have anticipated when they released their debut full length, The Room’s Too Cold on Drive-Thru Records in 2003. The unexpected success of that album opened many doors for the young band and lead to perhaps the greatest challenge of the band’s career; the creation of their sophomore release, the daunting triple disc concept album The Mother, The Mechanic, and The Path. Despite the positive response to the album, the stressful recording process lead to the announcement of an “indefinite hiatus” less than 7 months after it’s release.
This break proved to be exactly what the band’s members needed to grow both as people and musicians. Their separate endeavors, musical and otherwise, allowed them to experiment, make mistakes, and most of all, learn, all without the mantle of The Early November and it’s past. When the band suddenly felt compelled to play together again in 2011, the reformation was as surprising to the band as it was for it’s fans, who quickly sold out The Early November‘s first reunion show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. Mere months earlier, a reunion had seemed to be the most unlikely thing to happen, but even before playing a second time, the old friends knew that they wanted to make a record together, and dove back into being a band.
That record would be 2012’s In Currents. The album marked The Early November‘s return from a six year hiatus and Rise Records debut. In Currents was a perfect portrait of a band wearing it’s past proudly but continuing to forge ahead. Now with Imbue, The Early November‘s fourth full length, the band continue that effort, crafting powerful and dynamic rock music that is undeniably modern without abandoning it’s roots.
Recorded in multiple sessions at frontman Ace Enders’ Living Room Recording studio, Imbue features the band’s strongest songwriting to date with Enders saying “This is my favorite album I’ve ever been a part of. I think one of the reasons is that we did it at two separate times. So there is a definite difference in the personality of the songs. I love when an album doesn’t sound uniform and I think that’s what makes this one sound and feel so special to me.” This willingness to try new things has allowed The Early November to continue to prove that they have more than successfully navigated the crests and troughs of the early 2000’s emo wave, and can flourish as a vital rock band today.
The Early November of 2015 has been through countless highs and lows but has emerged stronger than ever. Never content to rest on past success, The Early November have managed the seemingly impossible task of embracing their legacy while remaining relevant and uncompromising. Imbue is a statement, a message that can be heard loud and clear across ten tracks of simmering contemplation and roaring crescendos.
1. Narrow Mouth
2. Better This Way
4. The Negatives
5. Boxing Timelines
9. I Don’t Care
10. Nothing Lasts Forever
04/21 Leeds, UK @ Key Club *
04/22 Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts *
04/23 Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute *
04/24 Wolverhampton, UK @ Slade Rooms *
04/25 Bristol, UK @ Hit the Deck Festival *
04/26 Nottingham, UK @ Hit the Deck Festival *
04/28 Norwich, UK @ Epic Studios *
04/29 Kingston, UK @ Fighting Cocks *
04/30 London, UK @ The Garage *
05/01 Southampton, UK @ Joiners *
05/02 Meerhout, Belgium @ Groezrock #
05/03 Paris, France @ Klub
05/04 Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang *
05/05 Berlin, Germany @ Comet *
05/06 Cologne, Germany @ Underground *
05/12 Dallas, TX @ Trees ^
05/13 Austin, TX @ Mohawk ^
05/15 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom ^
05/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour ^
05/17 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall ^
05/19 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound ^
05/20 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre ^
05/22 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge ^
05/23 Howell, MI @ Bled Fest
05/24 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club Theatre ^
05/26 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop ^
05/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre ^
05/29 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon ^
05/30 Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room ^
05/31 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair ^
06/02 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
06/03 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel ^
06/04 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^
- The Early November Reissuing Seminal Debut Album The Room's Too Cold on Vinyl via Rise Records
- The Early November to release 'The Mother The Mechanic The Path' on vinyl via TDR Records May 27
- Interview with Leighton Antelman of Lydia
- photos: Lydia, Golden Sun, HRVRD live at Greene Street Club in Greensboro NC
- Ace Enders and members of The Early November announce special acoustic tour dates
- Hands Like Houses release new song from 'Reimagine' EP out Sept.16 on Rise Records