AJR have confirmed the release of their third full-length album, Neotheater, out April 26. The album was entirely self-produced by the brothers in their NYC apartment, with some portions recorded in LA. The twelve songs spin a coming of age tale that hears the band coming to terms with the sacrifices that come with growing older, now that the trio are in their twenties. The buoyant and uplifting music is juxtaposed with darker lyrical narratives that touch on anxiety, naiveté, and searching for integrity.
AJR kicked off 2019 with the release of an undeniable offbeat anthem, ‘100 Bad Days’. ‘100 Bad Days’ already has over 20 million streams, and entered the top 20 at US Alt Radio this week. The accompanying video saw the band performing the song virtually dismembered, incorporating surreal graphics and effects. Rolling Stone praised the video as “trippy”, and the song as “catchy, blending motivational pop vibes, light orchestral flourishes and more into a smooth whirl.” The band debuted ‘100 Bad Days’ on the outdoor stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night – watch here.
Along with the album announcement, AJR have released a new track, ‘Birthday Party’, which features an eerie sample taken from David Lynch’s Eraserhead. The song’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics live at the apex of wide-eyed inexperience, as the song is sung from the point of view of a one-minute old baby. Listen to ‘Birthday Party’ here.
Neotheater follows AJR’s 2017 sophomore LP The Click, which has been certified gold in the US. The Click includes the singles ‘Weak’ (certified gold in Australia and platinum in the US), ‘Sober Up’ (certified gold in the US), and ‘Burn The House Down’ (certified gold in the US). AJR have over 1 billion streams, and they are the only new band to have multiple songs on Billboard’s Top 10 Alternative Songs Of 2018 list. They earned their first iHeartRadio award nomination this year for Best New Alternative Band.
Neotheater Album AJR Out Friday 26 April 2019 through Liberator Music/AJR Productions Pre-order available here
Neotheater tracklist: 1. Next Up Forever 2. Birthday Party 3. 100 Bad Days 4. Don't Throw Out My Legos 5. Break My Face 6. Turning Out Pt. ii 7. The Entertainment's Here 8. Karma 9. Beats 10. Wow, I'm Not Crazy 11. Dear Winter 12. Finale (Can't Wait To See What You Do Next)