by Andrew Sacher

photo: Roger Harvey at Baby's All Right in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Roger Harvey

Roger Harvey first let us know about his debut album Twelve Houses about a year ago, and the whole thing is finally here. It's delicate poppy indie with boyish vocals that anyone who owns a copy of The Antlers' Hospice, Youth Lagoon's The Year of Hibernation, or Death Cab for Cutie's Something About Airplanes needs to hear. Arrangement-wise though, Roger brings a massive Neutral Milk Hotel influence. It's never more clear than the horns on the waltz-y "Arrow/Plane," which are lifted straight from the Jeff Mangum songbook (he may as well have called it "Aeroplane," though perhaps that would be too on the nose).

A lot of these sounds are familiar, but Roger presents them in a refreshing way. And as you need to be to offer up emotionally bare music like this, Roger's a sharp lyricist. He obsesses over death, reminisces on underage drinking, and reminds us that lovers can be monsters. So basically it's the perfect soundtrack for your quarter-life crisis.

The album officially comes out this Friday (10/9) on Black Numbers (pre-order), but you can stream the whole thing below (via Noisey). Tour dates, including The Fest (but none in NYC), also below.


Roger Harvey -- 2015 Tour Dates
OCT 27 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade w/ The Sidekicks, Cayetana, Beach Slang
OCT 29 - Ybor City Tampa, FL @ Pre-Fest
OCT 30 - Gainesville, FL @ Fest
NOV 01 - Boston, MA @ Cuisine En Locale*
NOV 02 - Hamden, CT @ The Space*
NOV 04 - Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger*
NOV 05 - Atlanta, GA @ The Loft*
NOV 06 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits*
NOV 07 - Gainesville, FL @ High Dive*
NOV 08 - Orlando, FL @ The Social*
NOV 11 - New Orleans, LA @ The Parish at House of Blues*
NOV 12 - Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown*
NOV 13 - Dallas, TX @ Gas key Bar N' Grill*
NOV 14 - Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr. Bar-B-Q*
NOV 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto*
NOV 17 - San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room @ House of Blues San Diego*
NOV 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom*
NOV 19 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House*
NOV 20 - Fresno, CA @ Strummer's*
NOV 21 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Company*
NOV 22 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's*
NOV 25 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive*
NOV 27 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre*
NOV 28 - Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall*
NOV 29 - Chicago, IL @ Metro*
NOV 30 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot*
DEC 01 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*

* - w/ Frank Iero & Jared Hart

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