“Backseat” Ali Barter

Ali Barter will release her new album Hello, I’m Doing My Best on October 18, via Inertia Music/PIAS. Barter has shared her first-ever love song/video “Backseat” Ali has also announced her first-ever global tour, which include stops in Europe, North America, and Australia.

Directed by Anna Phillips (Ur A Piece of Shit), the video for “Backseat” sees Ali weave through a comedy of errors with long time collaborator and husband Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy). Ali describes the treatment as being about “two awkward people that get together one night at a bar. A girl admires a boy from afar but when she meets him they are so clumsy and over eager that they end up injuring each other during a late night jam session. It’s just like love really. A mess”

Hello, I’m Doing My Best follows Barter’s 2017 debut LP A Suitable Girl. A record that, by all accounts, was critically and popularly acclaimed. Tone deaf touted it as “an album that struck a nerve with Australia”, while Sydney Morning Herald backed her as a “star on the rise”. Ali Barter, however, wasn’t so sure. “The first record came out and for some reason I rejected it,” she says, listing the complaints she found with her own work, “it’s too polished and my voice is too high” being at the top of the list. Overcome with self-doubt, Barter pushed herself away from music, determined to never write another song.

But in the winter, a few months after the record’s release, she went out of town to clear her head, with her guitar for company. “Stuff started coming up and I couldn’t push it down,” she says, and despite feeling like she “wasn’t ready” for what these songs were saying, her and Dawson went about recording and testing the limits of her surprising new songs. She heard something in them she’d realized she didn’t need to fight anymore. “When we demoed them up, I was like, Oh, there I am. The thing I was pushing against was me”

Ali Barter has toured with The Rubens, The War On Drugs,The Jezabels, Stevie Nicks, The Preatures, Chrissie Hynde and personal hero, Liz Phair, and numerous festivals

Ali Barter
Live Dates

9/18/2019 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg Upstairs
9/19/2019 – Paris, France – Bastille Sounds @ Supersonic
9/20/2019 – Hamburg, Germany – Reeperbahn Festival (Aussie BBQ)
9/23/2019 – Rees-Haldern – Haldern Pop Bar
9/25/2019 – Brussels, Belgium – LA Machine
9/28/2019 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
9/29/2019 – Leeds, UK – The Lending Room
9/30/2019 – Manchester, UK – Yes (Basement)
10/1/2019 – Birmingham, UK – Sunflower Lounge
10/2/2019 – London, UK – Sebright Arms
10/4/2019 – Belfst, Ireland – McHughs
10/5/2019 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy 2
10/25/2019 – Perth, WA – Rosemount Hotel
10/31/2019 – Brisbane, QLD – The Zoo,
11/1/2019 – Sydney, NSW – Oxford Art Factory,
11/3/2019 – Hobart, TAS – Alter
11/7/2019 – Adelaide, SA – Jive
11/8/2019 – Melbourne, NSW – Corner Hotel
11/13/2019 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
11/15/2019 – Toronto, ON – Underground @ Drake Hotel
11/16/2019 – Washington DC – Songbyrd DC
11/17/2019 – Boston, MA – Once
11/19/2019 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
11/21/2019 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
11/22/2019 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe