Squirrel Flower Announces Tomorrow’s Fire

Squirrel Flower Announces new album Tomorrow’s Fire
Squirrel Flower photo by Alexa Viscius

Squirrel Flower, has announced her new album, Tomorrow’s Fire, will drop on October 13th on Polyvinyl/Full Time Hobby (UK/EU). Today, Ella Williams AKA: Squirrel Flower has shared the album’s two lead singles, “Full Time Job” and “When A Plant Is Dying.” and announces headlining US & international tour dates.

Lead singles “Full Time Job” and “When a Plant is Dying” narrate the universal desperation that comes with living as an artist. The frustration in Williams’ lyrics is echoed by the music’s uninhibited, ferocious production. “There must be more to life/ Than being on time,” she sings on the latter’s towering chorus. Lyrics like that one are fated to become anthemic, and Tomorrow’s Fire overflows with them. “Doing my best is a full time job/ But it doesn’t pay the rent” Williams sings on “Full Time Job” over careening feedback, her steady delivery imposing order over a song that is, at its heart, about a loss of control. The accompanying “Full Time Job” / “When a Plant is Dying” videos, directed by Lua Borges, see Williams across a variety of terrain.

Less than an hour south of Chicago, along the shores of Lake Michigan, sits the Indiana Dunes, a protected expanse of shoreline recently designated a National Park. When Williams first visited the Dunes, she was awed by the juxtaposition of its natural splendor within the surrounding industrial corridor of Northwest Indiana. “Every time I go there, it changes my life,” she says, without a hint of hyperbole.“You stand in the marshlands and to your left is a steel factory belching fire and to your right is a nuclear power plant.” Across the water, Chicago waits, its glistening towers made possible by the same steel forged here. For as long as she’s been making music, Ella Williams’ songs have been products of the environments they’re written in, born out of the same world they so vividly hold a mirror to. This environment is where her magnetic new album, Tomorrow’s Fire, lives.

The music Williams makes as Squirrel Flower has always communicated a strong sense of place. The most recent, Planet (i), was laden with climate anxiety, while the subsequent Planet EP marked an important turning point in Williams’ career; the collection of demos was the first self-produced material she’d released in some time.With a renewed confidence as a producer, she helmed Tomorrow’s Fire at Drop of Sun Studios in Asheville alongside storied engineer Alex Farrar (Wednesday, Indigo de Souza, Snail Mail). Williams and Farrar tracked many of the instruments, building the songs together during the first week, and then assembled a studio band that included Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver), Seth Kauffman (Angel Olsen band), Jake Lenderman (MJ Lenderman, Wednesday), and Dave Hartley (The War on Drugs) lending their contributions.

Squirrel Flower
Tomorrow’s Fire

1. i don’t use a trash can
2. Full Time Job
3. Alley Light
4. Almost Pulled Away
5. Stick
6. When A Plant Is Dying
7. Intheskatepark
8. Canyon
9. What Kind Of Dream Is This?
10. Finally Rain

SQUIRREL FLOWER TOUR DATES (new dates in bold)

Wed. July 12 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley *
Thu. July 13 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop Bar *
Sat. July 15 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe *
Sun. July 16 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop *
Tue. July 18 – Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios *
Wed. July 19 – Wilmington, DE @ Arden Gild Hall *
Fri. July 21 – Lexington, KY @ The Burl *
Wed. July 26 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway *
Fri. Aug. 4 – Sun. Aug. 6 – Green Lake, WI @ Avrom Farm Party
Thu. Oct. 19 – Detroit, MI @ Lager House $
Fri. Oct. 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern $#
Sat. Oct. 21 – Toronto, ON @ Monarch Tavern $#
Sun. Oct. 22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Bottlerocket Social Hall $
Tue. Oct. 24 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall $^
Thu. Oct. 26 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom $
Fri. Oct. 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ukie Club $
Sat. Oct. 28 – Washington, DC @ DC 9 $^
Sat. Nov. 4 – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade
Sun. Nov. 5 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope and Ruin
Mon. Nov. 6 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Tue. Nov. 7 – Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
Thu. Nov. 9 – Glasgow, UK @ McChuills
Sat. Nov. 11 – Pitchfork Music Festival London @ EartH (Downstairs)
Mon. Nov. 13 – Paris, FR @ Supersonic
Wed. Nov. 15 – Rotterdam, NL @ V11
Thu. Nov. 16 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
Sat. Nov. 18 – Berlin, DE @ Lark
Sat. Jan. 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry %
Sun. Jan. 21 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge %
Tue. Jan. 23 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge %
Thu. Jan. 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court %
Fri. Jan. 26 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder %
Sat. Jan. 27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios %
Mon. Jan. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Madame Lou’s
Wed. Jan. 31 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill %
Fri. Feb. 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room &
Sat. Feb. 3 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room &
Sun. Feb. 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge &
Tue. Feb. 6 – Austin, TX @ The Ballroom +
Wed. Feb. 7 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada +
Thu. Feb. 8 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic +
Sat. Feb. 10 – Nashville, TN @ Blue Room at Third Man +
Mon. Feb. 12 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Purgatory
Wed. Feb. 14 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room
Thu. Feb. 15 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
Fri. Feb. 16 – Woodstock, NY @ Colony
Sat. Feb. 17 – Amherst, MA @ The Drake

* supporting Hurray for the Riff Raff

$ w/ Truth Club
# w/ Merce Lemon
^ w/ Knifeplay
% w/ Goon
& w/ Cryogeyser
+ w/ Alexalone

Order Tomorrow’s Fire by Squirrel Flower HERE


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