The Low Anthem has been up to something, but it hasn’t told you until now.
Spinner reports that Rhode Islands folk-rock heroes spent six weeks in their home state recording their latest effort at an abandoned pasta sauce factory in Central Falls.
The still-untitled LP is the groups fourth and follows up 2009s Nonesuch re-issue of Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, originally released in September of 2008.
The pasta factory, which Ben Knox Miller described as haunted and somewhat like an airplane hanger, gave the band extra space to experiment with different microphone setups.
The sound was unbelievable, he said. [The album] sounds like the space it was recorded in.
In an interview with Straight.com, Miller said the quartet has plenty of material recorded and will release ten or 12 songs. He adds that they may hold 20 more songs to use as B-sides or hoard like Neil Young.
No word yet on which songs will make the cut, but our friends at TwentyFourBit have reported that on March 26th, Miller confessed to the crowd at San Franciscos Great American Music Hall that the effort would include the song “Apothecary”.
Still, Torrent rats can rest their sticky little fingers because Miller also told the audience that the album has merely been put to tape (Translation: Dont expect any leaked copies of an un-mastered album to be floating around the Internets quite yet).
The Low Anthem, fresh off SXSW, is back in the midst of tour that runs through April. The band has a block of empty dates in May and June, but it picks back up in late July to hit the festival circuit including stops at the Newport Folk Festival and Germanys Haldern Pop Festival.
If youre unsure of whether you want to see this band or not, check out this performance of This God Damned House in an abandoned railway car by the Hudson River.
The Low Anthem 2010 Tour Dates:
03/31 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Café *
04/02 Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room #
04/03 Boulder, CO @ The Fox Theatre #
04/04 Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown #
04/05 Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Co. &
04/06 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
04/07 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark #
04/10 Toronto, CAN @ Church of the Redeemer ^
04/12 Montreal, CAN @ Gesu^
04/14 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
04/16 Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House *
04/17 Northhampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall *
04/18 Keene, NH @ Heberton Hall *
04/20 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club*
04/21 Providence, RI @ Lupos Heartbreak Hotel
04/22 Montplier, VT @ Bethany Church
04/23 Portland, ME @ Space Gallery
04/30 Grantham, PA @ Messiah College %
07/22 – Floyd, VA @ Floydfest
07/31 Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
08/12 Rees-Haldern, Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE @ Haldern Pop Festival
08/15 Leicester, UK @ Summer Sundae Festival
09/04 Birmingham, UK @ Moseley Folk Festival
09/05 Stradbally, IE @ Electric Picnic Festival
09/10 Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
* = w/ Timbre Timbre
# = w/ Nathaniel Ratecliff
& = w/ Nathaniel Ratecliff and Jason Collett (Broken Social Scene)
^ = w/ The Barr Brothers
% = w/ w/ White Rabbits