Pure Bathing Culture has shared a new track, “Singer” (and its live video filmed at Braund Sound) off their forthcoming album, Pray for Rain. As writer Claire Lobenfeld aptly points out, “Pray for Rain is anything but light. The album largely deals with ideas of communication: the way two people connect romantically – particularly Hindman and Versprille themselves – how we explain our personal desires to others, and what happens when our ability to communicate becomes hindered.” The band goes on to discuss the deeper motivations behind their songs, including singles “Palest Pearl” and “Pray for Rain,” and the layers of communication that are uncovered in each.
The video for “Singer” was filmed at Braund Sound in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and features Otto Hauser (touring drummer for Sharon Van Etten, Jeff Tweedy) on percussion. “Singer is a very personal song,” the band shared. “Obviously, it’s autobiographical in regards to Sarah’s journey, but also in a greater sense it’s about what it feels like and how hard it can be to let go of the things that hold us back from our greatest potential.”
Pray For Rain is the band’s second studio album and first with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans, Angel Olsen, The Walkmen) at the helm. It is a big leap forward which one can hear from the opening notes of their anthemic title track: in Hindman’s clean yet serpentine guitar lines interacting with the live rhythm section and Versprille’s lucid vocals cutting through it all. Pray for Rain is the sound of the group confidently taking a step up to the next level and finding their footing as a true band.
Versprille summarizes the Pray for Rain experience as one of “stepping into the realm of discovering who we are as a band and as songwriters,” echoing a theme of the album itself, the process of change and transition. “You can find the best version of yourself in those hardest moments,” she said.
Pray For Rain will be released October 23 on Partisan Records in the US (Memphis Industries in the EU). The album is available for pre-order now.
Pure Bathing Culture are currently on a North American headline tour hitting major markets across the U.S. and Canada including New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Montreal, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. They will be joined by indie pop act & fellow Portland residents, Wild Ones. A full list of dates is available below and tickets are on sale now.
Pray For Rain
October 23, 2015
1. The Tower
2. Pray For Rain
3. Palest Pearl
5. Darling, Save Us
7. She Shakes
8. Maximillian’s Ring
9. I Trace Your Symbol
10. In the Night, In the Peaceful Night
10/01/15 – Toronto, ON – The Drake *
10/02/15 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz *
10/03/15 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs *
10/04/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right *
10/06/15 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle *
10/07/15 – Washington, DC – DC9 *
10/08/15 – Carborro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room *
10/09/15 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn *
10/10/15 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight *
10/12/15 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo *
10/13/15 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar *
10/27/15 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
10/29/15 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *
11/01/15 – Santa Barbara, CA – SOhO Restaurant and Music Club *
11/02/15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *
11/04/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *
11/07/15 – Dallas, TX – Three Links *
11/08/15 – Norman, OK – The Opolis *
11/09/15 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge *
11/11/15 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive *
11/12/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
11/13/15 – Boise, ID – Neurolux *
* = w/ Wild Ones