The New Pornographers Share New Video

The New Pornographers debut new video for “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile"
The New Pornographers “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile"

The New Pornographers debut new video for “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile.” is the first single taken from the group’s new album, In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights, due September 27 via the band’s own Collected Work Records imprint in partnership with Concord Records.

Director Mitchell deQuilettes on the video:

“I was really drawn towards the idea of an individual being sucked into a larger entity against their own will. And how we all need to become a part of the business system in order to survive. Carl said he wanted dancers and a strange tumbling sequence. This is our weirdo result.”

A.C. Newman on the single:

“There are so many songs like ‘the something of love’—you know, there’s ‘The Book of Love,’ ‘The Freeway of Love’…Then I thought of ‘falling down the stairs of your love,’ and I thought, that kind of works. I think it has that element of how do you deal with the ideas of love and happiness in this world right now? When current events are stressful, that makes a stress on people’s relationships, and you’re trying to figure out how to be happy in this loving relationship in this world that seems ugly at every turn, which is not as easy as it seems. Of course, ‘love’ ultimately morphed into ‘smile,’ but I like the metaphor of love as something that you fall down.

I was about two-thirds of the way through the record when I began to notice that lyrically so much of it was pointing toward car songs,” notes Newman. “The opening track is ‘You’ll Need a Backseat Driver,’ and that was a metaphor that seemed to be running through other songs, too. Next to the love song, I feel like the car song is one of the most iconic kinds of songs in pop music, from Chuck Berry to the present. There was so much of that throughout it that I started thinking: ‘Oh, no, there’s too many references to cars on this record!’ And then I thought, ‘No, that’s good—people might think it’s a concept album.’”

The New Pornographers
In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights
Tracklisting

1. You’ll Need A Backseat Driver
2. The Surprise Knock
3. Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile
4. Colossus Of Rhodes
5. Higher Beams
6. Dreamlike And On The Rush
7. You Won’t Need Those Where You’re Going
8. Need Some Giants
9. Opening Ceremony
10. One Kind Of Solomon
11. Leather On The Seat

The New Pornographers
Tour Dates

Sep 19 – Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm Studios
Sep 20 – Vankleek Hill, ON – Beau’s Oktoberfest
Sep 27 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Sep 28 – Urbana, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
Sep 29 – Columbia, MO – Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
Oct 1 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Oct 2 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
Oct 3 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
Nov 4 – Boston, MA – Royale
Nov 5 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Nov 7 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Nov 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Nov 10 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
Nov 11 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Nov 12 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse