stream Oldermost’s new heartland rock anthem “The Danger of Belief”
Oldermost hail from Philly, the same city as The War On Drugs, and the atmospheric heartland indie rock of their new album How Could You Ever Be The Same? will likely get a lot of comparisons to that band. (Oldermost’s lineup also includes Mike Sobel, who played lap steel on TWOD’s “Eyes to the Wind,” and the new album was mixed by Jeff Ziegler, who frequently works with TWOD and their pal Kurt Vile.) That’s not a bad thing though. Fans of TWOD (or, you know, Tom Petty and Dire Straits) will probably find that Oldermost do this kind of thing really well. We’re premiering “The Danger of Belief” off the new album, and it’s got that strong, driving backbone that this kind of stuff tends to have, a floating atmosphere in the background, and a cool, post-Dylan drawl from singer Bradford Bucknum. The song also ends in a hypnotic, krauty jam that really takes it to the next level. Here’s what Bradford tells us about it:
This track’s strength comes from the fact that it is both the most straightforward simple song on the record and also the most sonically complex. This tension gives the songs its raw energy and allows for space to contemplate the conflicting ideas about both the pleasures and dangers of belief. It started out as a voice memo on my phone that I returned to for many months after recording. I was insecure at first at how simple the song was but the idea haunted me and I kept coming back to it over and over again. So many of the lyrics were scribbled onto pieces of cardboard that I kept next to my bed. Some of the lyrics were from dreams and some were born out of the moments when I was getting ready for the day, for work, and I needed a place to deposit the heavy mill stones weighing down my mind before I went out into the world. I remember introducing the song to the band and presenting it with the caveat: give it a try, be patient, its simple, but we will find a way to beautifully destroy it due to its simplicity. Because of how simple it was, we were able to build upon a strong foundation of tried and true rock and roll tradition to create something that, to me, I have come to know as a signature of Oldermost.
The album comes out July 13 via AntiFragile Music. Listen to the new song below.
The band is also playing a hometown release show on July 19 at Johnny Brenda’s with Carroll (tickets), and after that, they’ll come to NYC for a show on July 21 at Rockwood Music Hall (tickets TBA). Those are their only two upcoming dates at the moment.
1. Finally Unsure
2. Cracks Like a Window
3. The Danger of Belief
4. Same to Me
5. Find Me Every Morning
6. Play By The Rules
7. You Don’t Belong to Feelings
8. Honey with Tea
9. Everything Revolves Around Something