Preceding the upcoming release of their third album Thin Walls on September 25th via Play It Again Sam, Balthazar Premieres their new Video For “Nightclub”.
Belgian quintet Balthazar traversed the world touring their 2012 album Rats and had the kind of touring experience that can make or break a band. However, songwriters Maarten Devoldere and Jinte Deprez were emboldened by it. As Jinte explains, “we know each other’s darkest secrets now. We grew together. You live together as each other’s brother and sister. We discovered we really like each other.”
Living in such a close proximity left its mark on Thin Walls, the new album from the five-piece who are completed by Patricia Vanneste, Simon Casier and Michiel Balcaen.
“Thin Walls is all about touring and never having any privacy,” says Jinte. The songs were written in in parts between shows. Balthazar’s previous two albums, 2010’s Applause and 2012’s Rats were created in a more controlled manner back home. With Thin Walls, Jinte explains that it is a product of the surroundings in which it was made: “less intimate”. The band explains that Jinte and Maarten had rented rooms in an old monastery next door to each other and the thin walls between the rooms meant they could hear every idea the other was working on.
After self-producing Applause and Rats, the band travelled to the UK to work with Blur, Depeche Mode and Elbow producer Ben Hillier and Jason Cox (Gorillaz, Massive Attack) at Yellow Fish Studios in Lewes. Jinte and Maarten’s lyrical themes always land in connected territory, emitting songs of anxiety, hope, love and fear. Usually it’s a girl causing any or all of those emotions. “I’ll always write about girls,” says Maarten. “That’s the thing that gets me writing.” “I like getting older cos it’s getting a bit clearer that nobody knows anything,” says Jinte. The devil is in the detail: it is an album of simple things. “Nobody’s lives are a Greek drama,” says Jinte. “It’s never about the big stuff, it’s always the small stuff.”
Thin Walls Tracklisting:
02.) Then What
05.) Wait Any Longer
06.) Dirty Love
07.) Last Call
08.) I Looked For You
09.) So Easy
10.) True Love
US TOUR DATES
10/5/2015 – Seattle, WA-Tractor Tavern
10/6/2015 – Portland, OR- Star Theatre
10/7/2015 – San Francisco, CA-Hotel Utah
10/8/2015 – 10/10/2015-Los Angeles Culture Collide
10/13/2015– Boston, MA- Great Scott
10/14/2015 – New York, NY- CMJ
10/15/2015 -Philadelphia, PA- Milkboy
10/16/2015 – New York, NY- CMJ
10/19/2015 – Toronto, ON- The Drake Hotel
10/21/2015 -Montreal, QC- Le Petit Campus