Del Water Gap Debuts “Coping On Unemployment”

Del Water Gap Debuts "Coping On Unemployment"
Del Water Gap Debuts "Coping On Unemployment"

Del Water Gap has shared a new video for “Coping On Unemployment,” the latest track off his forthcoming album I Miss You Already + I Haven’t Left Yet available on September 29th via via Mom+Pop. The song is a confession about being in love in the modern age, inspired by David Lynch’s Mullholand Drive to Lydia Yuknavich’s Chronology of Water. “Coping On Unemployment” comes with a lo-fi visualiser made up of a mashup of clips of Del Water Gap in hotel rooms and on stage from his last year of touring and recording I Miss You Already + I Haven’t Left Yet.

Del Water Gap will embark on a headline tour that features some of his biggest shows to date including NYC’s Brooklyn Steel, LA’s The Fonda and Austin City Limits in Texas; recently he played his first ever set at Australia’s Splendour In The Grass.

Of the release, Del Water Gap says, “‘Coping on Unemployment; is a song about navigating the floaty salt-water bath feeling of post-Covid life in your mid-twenties. It’s about the liminal space between sex and commitment. It’s about fear of permanence, self-doubt, mental health, and the challenges of maintaining a meaningful relationship when you’re still learning who you are. It’s about how hard it is to just give in and allow yourself to belong to someone when you’re constantly terrified of becoming a parody of yourself. This song is about sleeping late and fucking and listening to indie music – the life that happens between life, when you’re waiting for real life to happen. This song is about how drugs and sobriety change the way we make art, and how our culture puts the artist’s suffering on a pedestal. I used to worry that if I got sober or medicated I wouldn’t be a good artist anymore.”

The album was produced by Del Water Gap alongside Sammy Witte (Harry Styles, Halsey, Lennon Stella), and Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers). Clairo plays clarinet on “Gone In Seconds,” while Arlo Parks features on and co-wrote “Quilt of Steam.” The album title was inspired by a note addressed to his grandmother that was found in a book of William Carlos Williams’ poetry, by his late grandfather.

Del Water Gap 2023 Tour Dates:

July 28 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
Oct 3 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
Oct 4 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Oct 7 – Dallas, TX – The Echo Lounge and Music Hall
Oct 9 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Oct 10 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Oct 11 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East
Oct 13 – New Orleans, LA – Toulouse Theatre
Oct 14 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live – The Studio
Oct 15 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
Oct 17 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
Oct 18 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Oct 19 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club SOLD OUT
Oct 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Oct 21 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel SOLD OUT
Oct 23 – Boston, MA – Royale SOLD OUT
Oct 25 – Montreal, QC – Petite Campus
Oct 26 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct 28 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall
Oct 30 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Oct 31 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Nov 1 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Nov 3 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
Nov 4 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
Nov 6 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
Nov 7 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Grand Room
Nov 9 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
Nov 10 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Nov 11 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile – Showroom
Nov 13 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Nov 14 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
Nov 17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

Pre-order I Still Haven’t Left Yet by Del Water Group HERE


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