Many Rooms Debuts New Song via NPR’s All Songs Considered – “99 Proofs” Single Out 02/08 Other People Records – Full US Tour Underway

February 10, 2019
 Jack Garland

Many Rooms Debuts New Song “99 Proofs”

“99 Proofs” Single Due Out 02/08
on Other People Records

North American Tour Starts This Month
Supporting Copeland, From Indian Lakes

Many Rooms (aka Houston, Texas-based musician, Brianna Hunt) has teamed with NPR’s All Songs Considered to debut a stunning new single, “99 Proofs.” Available everywhere now via Other People Records, the track is the first taste of new music from Many Rooms since her 2018 debut full-length, There Is A Presence Here, an album that earned praise from The New York Times, NPR, Stereogum, Uproxx, and more. Hunt’s growth as a songwriter is immediately apparent on “99 Proofs.” The compelling fragility ofThere Is A Presence Here remains but there’s newfound clarity and expansiveness in the song’s arrangement, with Hunt’s voice shining confidently throughout. NPR praised the new music calling it, “expansive and delicate indie rock that address faith, fear, and loneliness with razor-like precision.” 

“99 Proofs” hints at what’s to come for Many Rooms, with a new full-length already in the works. In the meantime Hunt is staying busy as Many Rooms will be joining Copeland and From Indian Lakes for a massive run of North American tour dates throughout February, March, and April. Hunt will be performing with a full band for the first time, further expanding her already impressive live show. See full itinerary below. 

Tour Dates:

02/10 Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
02/12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Hell
02/13 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
02/14 Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
02/15 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
02/16 Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27
02/17 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
02/19 Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theater
02/20 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
03/21 Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
03/23 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
03/24 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
03/26 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
03/27 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
03/29 Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
03/31 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
04/02 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
04/03 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
04/05 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
04/06 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
04/07 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
04/09 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
04/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
04/11 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
04/12 Detroit, MI @ The Pike Room
04/13 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
04/14 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
04/16 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
04/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
04/18 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
04/19 Washington, DC @ Union Stage

All dates w/ Copeland, From Indian Lakes

Even at a young age, Houston, TX-based Brianna Hunt had a taste in music and art that leaned towards the melancholy. This inclination would follow her as she immersed herself in DIY punk and first conceived the earliest incarnation of Many Rooms, the moniker under which she records and performs. The still-evolving project first made waves in 2015 with the release of the Hollow Body EP, a collection of mostly-acoustic tracks that showed great promise and allowed her to embark on a relentless touring schedule. 

As life on the road intensified, so did Hunt’s struggles with depression. Despite often finding great joy in touring, she found herself struggling with more self-doubt than ever, questioning not only every facet of her life, but her afterlife as well. It became hard to re-acclimate to life at home and touring turned into her escape: an alternate life with very little private time where she could temporarily hide from the roots of her deteriorating worldview. All of this tension created a numbness, a sense dread she couldn’t quite pinpoint. 

This existential ache and the desire to find relief is at the heart of Many Rooms’ debut full length, There Is A Presence Here, a stunningly bare album that finds Hunt reckoning with detachment from herself, her faith, and the people around her. Going into the studio to make There Is A Presence Here was the first substantial alone time that she’d experienced in a while, and it forced her to actively process many of her feelings in the midst of recording. This sense of isolation and introspection permeates the album — its gauzy minimalism intended to mirror the haze of her mental state during that time. Even the album’s allusions to other art — which range from C.S. Lewis to Nine Inch Nails — reference a state of bleak mental limbo. Hunt sought to create songs without traditional structures, and instead focused on conjuring tangible moods and atmosphere around her ethereal voice and lyrics. The resulting mix of cinematic ambience and striking crescendos meld with Hunt’s desperately contemplative words to make an album that’s powerful even at its most fragile. 

There Is A Presence Here is built from harrowing times, but it is not without light. Hunt’s lyrical self-confrontations maintain hope even in their bleakest moments, showing a willingness to ask hard questions and find acceptance in the answers. With intense vulnerability comes profound catharsis, and making There Is A Presence Here would become one of many steps towards Hunt beginning to find solace.

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