SONS OF BILL
NEW ALBUM ‘OH GOD MA’AM’ OUT 29 JUNE 2018 ON LOOSE
UK SHOWS AUGUST
“The self-produced song marks a new peak for the band, rooted in melodies that make the Wilson brothers’ existential musings go down smooth.” Rolling Stone
Central Virginia’s band of brothers, Sons of Bill, have announced the release of their new album ‘Oh God Ma’am’ on 29 June on Loose.
Following the release of first single ‘Believer/Pretender‘, the band have now shared new track ‘Easier’, which features indie-folk frontwoman Molly Parden on vocals. ‘Easier’, described by Rolling Stone as “a gorgeous ballad – half resigned and half optimistic, with a rainy-day aesthetic” in their recent premiere, is “a love song”, says lead singer James. “There’s a strange unspoken malaise with my generation, ironic and sad, and I’m certainly part of it. It’s hard to write a love song that feels both earnest and honest, and have it not come off like a plastic marketing ploy. We’re all born into our contemporary moment with a thick post-modern crust that’s hard to get through– but I think it’s important to try and sing about love and hope in some genuine way now more than ever. We have to remind each other in some way that it’s going to get easier, even if we know in our heart of hearts that that may not be true”.
‘Oh God Ma’am’, Sons of Bill’s latest LP is the band’s most coherent artistic statement to date– subtle, risky, and sonically ambitious. Recorded both in Seattle with west coast indie legend Phil Ek (Shins, Fleet Foxes) and in Nashville with Sean Sullivan (Sturgill Simpson) and mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) the album shows the Wilson brothers moving beyond the galvanic americana-rock comfort zone of previous efforts, for a more elegant and restrained sound– a darker, and more complexly layered rock record that manages to be the band’s most emotionally intimate and sonically expansive. Insistent, dancey rhythms and dreamy, hook-filled, pyrotechnics abound, creating a deceptively anthemic mood around songs that are in and of themselves intensely introverted.
‘Oh God Ma’am’ is a coming-of-age record for an over-stimulated age– equal parts post-adolescent anxiety and old-soul humility– literate, gorgeous, and darkly contemplative.
Sons of Bill will tour the UK and Europe in August:
Mon 13th – The Hope, Brighton (UK)
Tues 14th – Omeara, London (UK)
Weds 15th – Tunnels, Bristol (UK)
Thurs 16th – Brudenell, Leeds (UK)
Fri 17th – Broadcast, Glasgow (UK)
Sat 18th – Soup Kitchen, Manchester (UK)
Sun 19th – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (UK)
Tues 21 Aug – Blue Shell, Cologne (DE)
Weds 22 Aug – Milia Club, Munich (DE)
Thurs 23 Aug – Musik & Frieden, Berlin (DE)
Fri 24 Aug – Stage Club, Hamburg (DE)
Sat 25 Aug – Once In a Blue Moon Festival, Amsterdam (NL)
PRE-ORDER ‘OH GOD MA’AM’ HERE