stream Chamberlain’s first new song in 9 years, “Some Other Sky”
Indie vets Chamberlain (fka Split Lip) reunited in 2009, released the two-song single Raise It High in 2010 (featuring The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon on a song), and then last year they regrouped again for a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Moon My Saddle, the album where Chamberlain branched out from their post-hardcore roots and went in a more Americana-inspired direction. Now they’re back with their first new music in nine years, “Some Other Sky.”
The new song is the first single from their upcoming album Red Weather, which is being produced by My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel. Release date still TBA, but the new song comes out as a 7″ single on Friday (4/26) via Arctic Rodeo Recordings, backed by a new acoustic recording of “Street Singer” from 1995’s Fate’s Got a Driver. “Some Other Sky” continues in the Americana-inspired direction of Chamberlain’s later period, and it’s got a nice mix of atmosphere, pedal steel-fueled twang, and Springsteenian heartland rock, with just a bit of their punk roots shining through. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, this is the kinda song I could see appealing to fans of anyone from Springsteen to The Gaslight Anthem to The War On Drugs to Okkervil River, and here’s what Chamberlain’s Curtis Mead tells us about it:
The time we have been apart is actually longer than the time we were were together as a working band. After all these years, it can be intimidating to step back into the studio, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that it was easier than ever to let the songs ‘take the drivers seat.’ Things came together more organically than if we had turned the clock back two decades, and this time around, we were able to work with our friend Carl Broemel; a dream we had always hoped to see through someday. In the years we were disconnected, we started businesses, families, and careers scattered throughout the country. If ever it becomes any less inspired or fun for any of us, we have full lives to return to. For now, “Some Other Sky” is our own. It’s good to be home.
Chamberlain are also playing shows in the UK, Belgium and Germany this June, and those will be their first shows in those countries in over 20 years. All dates are listed below.
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Chamberlain — 2019 Tour Dates
Jun 02 Cavern, Exeter, UK
Jun 03 Sebright Arms, London, UK
Jun 04 Kavka Oudaan, Antwerp, BE
Jun 05 Juha West, Stuttgart, DE
Jun 06 Druckluft, Oberhausen, DE
Jun 07 Kantine am Berghain, Berlin, DE (sold out)
Jun 08 Booze Cruise Festival, Hamburg, DE