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Listen: Bishop Allen’s new song “Why I Had To Go”

on July 16, 2014, 1:30pm

Photo by Matt Petricone

On August 15th, Brooklyn indie-pop outfit Bishop Allen will release Lights Out, their first new album in five years. The four-piece previously shared the chirpy and hopeful “Start Again”, and today, they return with “Why I Had To Go”.

In an interview with Noisey , frontman Justin Rice said of the wistful ballad: “It’s very literally a song about coming and going from New York City, but it’s also about what it feels like to be a little bit older and look back—the ambivalence that you feel. How you sort of cherish these moments that you had but also feel a certain amount of nostalgia and you cringe a bit. You want to go back to the city and you want to see all the people that grew up with, but you also sort of don’t. You’re sort of happy that you don’t have to live that anymore.”

Listen in below:

Lights Out Tracklist:
01. Start Again
02. Why I Had To Go
03. Crows
04. No Show
05. Give It Back
06. Black Hole
07. Skeleton Key
08. Good Talk
09. Hammer and Nail
10. Bread Crumbs
11. No Conditions
12. Shadow

In support of the album, Bishop Allen will tour the U.S. for the next few months, including a date at Pygmalion Festival. Consult their schedule below.

Bishop Allen 2014 Tour Dates:
08/16 – Kingston, NY @ Chronogram Block Party
08/20 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
08/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
08/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
08/23 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
08/24 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
08/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
08/26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
08/28 – New Orleans, LA @ Beatnik
08/29 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea Cafe
08/30 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
08/31 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
09/01 – Norman, OK @ Opolis
09/03 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
09/04 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
09/06 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
09/07 – Columbus, OH @ Treehouse
09/08 – Akron, OH @ Musica
09/27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Festival
09/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10/02 – Seattle, WA @ Lofi
10/04 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
10/05 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
10/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
10/08 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
10/10 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive

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