San Fermin Announces New LP ‘Arms’ with Video for “Didn’t Want You To”

San Fermin Announces New Album 'Arms'
San Fermin Photo by Alex S K Brown

Brooklyn-based band San Fermin have announced their fifth studio album Arms out February 16, 2024 via their burgeoning indie label Better Company Records. The nine-song album marks a new direction for the eight-piece band, as they strip away much of the sonic ornamentation they’ve come to be known for in favor of a more raw, direct sound reflective of Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s candid, plainspoken lyrics.

Today, they have released the official video for the new single “Didn’t Want You To” and announced a 2024 national headline tour that will kick off on March 23, 2024 in Salt Lake City, and will make stops in New York, Chicago, Nashville, Los Angeles and many more. Find a full list of tour dates below or visit their website. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 28.

About the song, Ludwig-Leone explains: “I had this feeling after going through a breakup, like, ‘well screw you, if you don’t want to be with me, I don’t want to be with you,’ which turns out to be a pretty universal feeling. The wordplay was fun, messing around with different inflections of the refrain to hint at different meanings.”

Arms was written during one of the most difficult moments of Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s life, following the dissolution of two relationships. Over the course of the album’s nine stunning tracks, his lyrics move from anger and disappointment to clarity and acceptance in a steady progression reflective of the roller coaster journey that consumed him for the better part of a year. “I was going through a crisis,” Ludwig-Leone explains. “My relationship of 10 years had recently ended, and then, not thinking very clearly, I dove into another relationship. Before I knew it, that one ended too.”

Adds producer and vocalist Allen Tate, “The way this band is structured with Ellis writing the songs and Claire and I singing them, I’ve always felt like my role is to be both a mouthpiece and a filter. When you go through a breakup, you deal with so many different feelings in such a short period of time, and I tried to just be there to listen and help harness the fire hose of emotion Ellis was experiencing so we could distill it down into its purest form.”

San Fermin is Ellis Ludwig-Leone (bandleader, songwriter), Allen Tate (vocalist, producer), Claire Wellin (vocalist), Akira Ishiguro (guitar), John Brandon (trumpet), Stephen Chen (saxophone), Tyler McDiarmid (guitar), and Griffin Brown (drums).

Arms tracklist:

1) Weird Environment
2) Didn’t Want You To
3) Can’t Unsee It
4) Arms
5) Makes Me Want You
6) My Love is a Loneliness
7) Useful Lies
8) Wasting on Me
9) You Owe Me

San Fermin Tour Dates:

3/23: Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
3/24: Denver, CO – Globe Hall
3/26: St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
3/27: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
3/28: Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
3/30: Nashville, TN – The Blue Room
3/31: Columbus, OH – The Basement
4/2: Washington, DC – Atlantis
4/3: Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
4/4: Boston, MA – The Sinclair
4/5: New York, NY – Racket
4/30: San Diego, CA – Casbah
5/1: Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge’
5/3: Pioneertown, CA – Pappy + Harriets
5/4: San Francisco, CA – Independent
5/7: Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
5/9: Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
5/10: Seattle, WA – Madame Lou’s[/embed]

Pre-Order/Pre-Save Arms HERE.


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