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Listen: Bishop Allen’s new song “Why I Had To Go”

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    On August 15th, Brooklyn indie-pop outfit Bishop Allen will release Lights Out, their first new album in five years. The four-piece previously shared the chirpy and hopeful “Start Again”, and today, they return with “Why I Had To Go”.

    In an interview with Noisey , frontman Justin Rice said of the wistful ballad: “It’s very literally a song about coming and going from New York City, but it’s also about what it feels like to be a little bit older and look back—the ambivalence that you feel. How you sort of cherish these moments that you had but also feel a certain amount of nostalgia and you cringe a bit. You want to go back to the city and you want to see all the people that grew up with, but you also sort of don’t. You’re sort of happy that you don’t have to live that anymore.”

    Listen in below:

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    Lights Out Tracklist:
    01. Start Again
    02. Why I Had To Go
    03. Crows
    04. No Show
    05. Give It Back
    06. Black Hole
    07. Skeleton Key
    08. Good Talk
    09. Hammer and Nail
    10. Bread Crumbs
    11. No Conditions
    12. Shadow

    In support of the album, Bishop Allen will tour the U.S. for the next few months, including a date at Pygmalion Festival. Consult their schedule below.

    Bishop Allen 2014 Tour Dates:
    08/16 – Kingston, NY @ Chronogram Block Party
    08/20 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
    08/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
    08/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
    08/23 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
    08/24 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
    08/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
    08/26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
    08/28 – New Orleans, LA @ Beatnik
    08/29 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea Cafe
    08/30 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
    08/31 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
    09/01 – Norman, OK @ Opolis
    09/03 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
    09/04 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
    09/06 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
    09/07 – Columbus, OH @ Treehouse
    09/08 – Akron, OH @ Musica
    09/27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Festival
    09/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    10/02 – Seattle, WA @ Lofi
    10/04 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    10/05 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
    10/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
    10/08 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
    10/10 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive

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