Recently, Courtney Barnett teased us with q video, which was then followed by mysterious billboards popping up in major cities around the world. Next indie record stores worldwide unexpectedly received vinyl copies of lead single “Nameless, Faceless,” and now the wait is over with Courtney Barnett today announcing details of her second studio album Tell Me How You Really Feel. The album will be released on May 18th through Mom + Pop, Marathon Artists and Barnett’s own label Milk! Barnett and her band will play a short series of rare intimate album warm-up parties in May.
First single “Nameless, Faceless” is an infectious punk rock anthem. Simmering with indignation and sarcasm, it examines the phenomenon of incessant and anonymous internet trolls. Through song, Barnett is using the medium she knows best to return fire.
Every lyric is memorable as Barnett quotes one of the more creative burns she’s received in a comments section, “I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and spit out better words than you”. It would be pure comedy if it didn’t invariably and insidiously cross over into anxiety about ones safety in the real world… illustrated perfectly by the chorus which borrows from a famous Margaret Atwood quote “I want to walk through the park in the dark / Men are scared that women will laugh at them / I want to walk through the park in the dark / Women are scared that men will kill them / I hold my keys between my fingers”.
Tell Me How You Really Feel
City Looks Pretty
Need a Little Time
I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch
Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self-Confidence
Help Your Self
Walkin’ on Eggshells
5/6/18 – August Hall – San Francisco, CA
5/10/18 – The Sanctuary at Pico Union – Los Angeles, CA
5/14/18 – Saengerrund0e – Austin, TX
5/16/18 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
5/19/18 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
5/21/18 – Chicago Cultural Center – Tiffany Dome – Chicago, IL