Frog Eyes releasing new LP ‘Pickpocket’s Locket’ (stream a song), touring, including dates with Destroyer
Victoria, BC’s Frog Eyes will release new LP Pickpocket’s Locket on August 28 via Paper Bag Records. The new LP’s genesis was a little different than usual. Main main Carey Mercer explains:
My dad left me his acoustic guitar in his will; it was all he had to give, because he wasn’t a rich man. I wrote ten songs on it, and I think that was the real gift he gave me: a love of music, not just the way you all love it (music lovers), but also a love of creating it, sowing myself, in some small way, into the story of music.
I was holding the guitar a lot, kind of savoring it: a Martin D-18. I had been making records for a few years with a computer, piling tracks on tracks, writing words over guitar licks already recorded in a studio.
I came to think of an acoustic guitar as somehow akin to a computer, only in the sense that they are both tools of transmission, both effective in their own way.
An acoustic guitar is still, in 2015, a very effective way of transmitting one’s songs. I made a deal with myself: write ten songs, write all the words before anyone gets to hear any of the songs, memorize the songs so that I become the hard-drive that the acoustic guitar accesses. I mostly, if not totally, kept to this deal, which is rare: I’m generally pretty easy on myself.
The record features guest appearances by Spencer Krug, and violinist Jesse Zubot. You can listen to “Joe With The Jam” from the album, below.
Frog Eyes will be touring this fall, including dates with Destroyer. They’re not on the NYC date of the Destroyer tour (10/4 @ Webster Hall), unfortunately, but all are listed, along with Pickpocket’s Locket artwork, tracklist and track stream, below.
Frog Eyes – Pickpocket’s Locket tracklist
1. Two Girls (One for Heaven and the Other One for Rome)
2. Joe with the Jam
3. The Beat is Down (Four Wretched Singers Beyond Any World That You Have Known)
4. Death’s Ship
5. The Demon Runner
6. Rejoinders In A Storm
7. In A Hut
8. Crystal Blip
9. I Ain’t Around Much
10. Rip Down the Fences That Fence the Garden
Frog Eyes – 2014 Tour Dates
July 31 – August 2 Sackville, NB @ SappyFest
September 11 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
September 11-12 Hamilton, ON @ Supercrawl
September 17-20 Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia
September 18 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom*
September 19 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore*
September 20 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater*
September 21 Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
September 23 Bellingham, WA @ Shakedown
October 16 Seattle, WA @ Neptune*
October 17 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom*
* = w/ Destroyer