David Newberry has shared the video for the title track from his forthcoming album Replacement Things, out on September 11.
The Jesse Gander-produced effort finds Newberry moving away from his roots-rock sound in favor of a alt/indie rock sound with matching production. His songwriting is still political and observational. Though he does not that it is more personal, even uncomfortably so.
“There are things on the album like the break-up of a ten year relationship and navigating the changes that come with new romances, crises of confidence in music, friends dying and learning about mortality, making some big mistakes and trying to own them, or discovering and coming to terms with an anxiety disorder,” Newberry explained in a statement. “None of that stuff has ever been explicitly a part of my artistic life. My previous records have always been fairly outward looking, whereas this one is a bit more inward looking. It’s uncomfortable stuff, but it’s all there on the record.”
He knows a bit about pain; he happened into becoming a musician following an accident in 2001. While he was working as a carpenter’s assistant, an altercation with a tablesaw led to him losing the use of his left hand. His physiotherapist suggested he take up a musical instrument as a way to regain use of his hand.
He started playing guitar and discovered a passion for music. He released his debut album When We Learn The Things We Need to Learn in 2010 and followed it in 2012 with his sophomore album No One Will Remember You. His 2014 EP 2014 was a precursor to the new album that showed his shift away from the singer/songwriter style that had defined his first two albums.
He’s joined by Veda Hille, Jenny Ritter, J.P. Maurice, as well as drummer/composer Kenton Loewen (Dan Mangan & Blacksmith, The Crackling) on Replacement Things.
Newberry has shared the stage with an impressive range of acts including The Milk Carton Kids, The Strumbellas, Julie Doiron, and The Bros. Landreth and played major Western Canada festivals such as Rifflandia and South Country Fair. The Peak Performance Project named him one of the artists to watch in 2013/2014.
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