posted December 7, 2012Tweet
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down will tour North America this spring in support of their forthcoming full-length album, We the Common (out on Ribbon Music February 5 in the U.S., February 4 throughout the rest of the world).
With NPR’s “All Songs Considered” raving that the group is “insanely infectious [and] utterly charming,” Thao & the Get Down Stay Down recently premiered the album cut “Holy Roller” which is streaming now at the band's website. KCRW hails the track as a “finely-crafted, delicate pop song” while SPIN calls it “a lusty yet flighty song…[an] intricate, enigmatically charming creation.” Frontwoman Thao Nguyen notes that the song “was the first song I wrote for this new record…it marked a shift in how I operate. I was steadily, in an overdue way, becoming grateful for everything and everyone I had. I tried to capture a sense of revival and a determination to be better.”
We the Common is available now for pre-order, as is the deluxe vinyl version of the record which includes a limited edition 7” with covers of Melanie’s “Brand New Key” and The Troggs’ “With A Girl Like You” (the 7” is also available as a download with pre-orders of the CD). The group has also revealed the new record’s artwork.
Recorded at San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone Studios and Dallas’ Elmwood Studio, We the Common was produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Bill Callahan, the Walkmen, Explosions in the Sky) and features a duet with Joanna Newsom on the track “Kindness Be Conceived.” Thao observes, “We the Common is an album about wanting to be a human who tries and is grateful for the opportunity. It is about wanting to be better and closer to people. I have had over a year respite from touring and recording—in this year I started really trying to be a part of the community I live in and the family I was born into.” The album is the follow-up to Thao’s 2009 release Know Better Learn Faster, which Pitchfork praised for its “warm exuberance that keeps the music spry.”
Based in San Francisco after growing up in Falls Church, VA, Thao Nguyen first picked up a guitar at age 12. She has worked with a long list of acclaimed artists including Andrew Bird, Mirah, Laura Veirs and producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens) and has recorded a pair of critically acclaimed records for Kill Rock Stars, 2008’s We Brave Bee Stings and All and the aforementioned 2009 release Know Better Learn Faster with her backing band the Get Down Stay Down. Since her last album Thao has worked with the artist advocacy non-profit Air Traffic Control (www.atctower.net) and has volunteered extensively with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. This year, in addition to recording her forthcoming album, Thao has toured the U.S. with the nationally syndicated NPR program “Radiolab.” Please see below for track list.
THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN, WE THE COMMON
THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN’S WE THE COMMON TOUR
* with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside