Ought

Watch: “These 3 Things” Video From Forthcoming Ought Album

Nov 01, 2017

Montreal's Ought announced the release its third album today, Room Inside the World, out February 16th and shared the first single “These 3 Things” and an accompanying video, as well as a world tour itinerary for 2018. The new album will be its first on Merge Records. Check out the provocative and humorous video for "These 3 Things" below.

The directors of Jonny Look (Grizzly Bear, Cloud Nothings, Cass McCombs) and Scottie Cameron had this to say: "Life can be problematic. Everything takes time and energy. We challenged ourselves to create devices of great convenience using three items. When initially testing the convenience machines without the human variable, we discovered luxury and success. However, it was sterile. The beauty only came with the unpredictable moments brought by the human element. Being human is better than looking for an easy way out."

Frontman Tim Darcy brought some deserved attention to Ought last February with his great solo album Saturday Night and now returns to the fold of his band a year later with a new LP. Here's some background on Room Inside the World from the press release:

Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Silver Jews), Room Inside the World was approached with newfound patience. Together, Ought constructed a (digital) mood board to set their intentions: Brian Eno and Stereolab synths, the Mekons’ 1985 album Fear and Whiskey, and Gerhard Richter and Kenneth Anger’s sexy, fluorescent hyperreal all made it into the melting pot. Holed up in their rehearsal building, an industrial rock block (and sock factory) overlooking the Trans-Canada Highway, the band strove for greater detail and specificity than before while remaining true to the collaborative, intuitive writing process that yielded their earlier work. Vibraphone, justly intonated synthesizers, drum machines, and a 70-piece choir suffuse the precise post-punk breakdowns that spangled Ought’s first two albums, giving rise to an emotional complexity that pushes their characteristically taut sound to greater depths.

 

 

Ought on tour:

Nov 03 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar*
Nov 04 Brooklyn, NY – Silent Barn$ ***SOLD OUT***
Nov 05 Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall*
Nov 07 Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall*
Nov 08 Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit*
Nov 09 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop*
Nov 10 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar*
Nov 11 Chattanooga, TN – Sluggo’s*
Nov 12 Tallahassee, FL – The Wilbury*
Nov 13 Gainesville, FL – The Wooly*
Nov 14 Miami, FL – Gramps*
Nov 16 Orlando, FL – The Social*
Nov 17 St. Petersburg, FL – Et Cultura Festival*
Nov 18 Charleston, SC – The Royal American*
Nov 19 Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House*
Nov 20 Arden, DE – Arden Gild Hall#
Mar 06 Montreal, QC – Théâtre Fairmount^
Mar 07 Toronto, ON – Lee's Palace
Mar 09 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall 
Mar 10 St Louis, MO – Off Broadway^
Mar 11 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room^
Mar 17 Mesa, AZ – Underground%
Mar 18 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room%
Mar 19 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom% 
Mar 20 San Francisco, CA – The Independent%
Mar 22 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios%
Mar 23 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey%
Mar 24 Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt% 
Mar 26 Calgary, AB – The Palomino%
Mar 27 Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s Cantina%
Mar 29 Winnipeg, MB – The Good Will Social Club%
Mar 30 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry% 
Mar 31 Madison, WI – High Noon
Apr 02 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups% 
Apr 04 Washington, DC – The Black Cat
Apr 05 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Apr 06 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Apr 07 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Apr 20 Bristol, UK – The Exchange
Apr 21 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Apr 22 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
Apr 23 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
Apr 24 London, UK – Garage
Apr 26 Paris, FR – Maroquinerie
Apr 27 Nantes, FR – Stereolux
Apr 28 Bordeaux, FR – Iboat
Apr 30 Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie
May 01 Winterthur, CH – Albani
May 02 Brussels, BE – Botanique
May 03 Cologne, DE – Bumann & Sohn
May 04 Berlin, DE – Kantine am Berghain
May 05 Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
May 07 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord

* w/ Waxahatchee
^ w/ Snail Mail 
% w/ Flasher
$ w/ Trace Mountains and Boys Online
# w/ Shame and Grace Vonderkuhn