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Amanda Palmer Announces New Album and Tour, Shares New Song “Drowning in the Sound”

There Will Be No Intermission Due Out March 8, 2019

Dec 11, 2018 Photography by Kahn & Selesnick
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Amanda Palmer has announced a new album, There Will Be No Intermission, and shared its first single, "Drowning in Sound." She has also announced some tour dates. There Will Be No Intermission is out on March 8, 2019, which is also International Women's Day. A demo version of "Drowning in Sound" was released in 2017 in order to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Check out the final version of "Drowning in Sound" below, followed by the album's tracklist and NSFW cover art, as well as her upcoming tour dates.

John Congleton produced the album, which also features contributions from Jason Webley, Jherek Bischoff, Max Henry, and Joey Waronker. There will also be accompanying narrative photo book also There Will Be No Intermission, released independently by Palmer.

Palmer had this to say about the album in a press release: "I've never been nervous about releasing a record before, but this one is different. The rise of global fascism alongside the spreading fire of #MeToo has forged a louder megaphone for all women, and we're all seeing that radical truth is infectious. I feel more urgency than ever to share the naked truth of my experiences. The kind of stories that I'm sharing on this record - abortion, miscarriage, cancer, grief, the darker sides of parenthood - have been therapeutic and frightening to write. But every time I play them for my friends and fans, the nodding heads of empathy have lit a fire under my ass to record and release them."

Palmer adds: "Most of these songs were exercises in survival. This isn't really the record that I was planning to make. But loss and death kept happening in real-time, and these songs became my therapeutic arsenal of tools for making sense of it all."

One song on the album, "Voicemail for Jill," deals with abortion as Palmer "reaches out to a friend on her way to an abortion clinic."

"I've been trying to write a good abortion song for twenty-five years," Palmer says of "Voicemail for Jill." "It's been the white whale of my songwriting. Having had three abortions for very different reasons, and after connecting with hundreds of women who've gone through the same isolating and lonely experience, I just wanted to do the topic poetic justice. How do you write a song about abortion without being too heavy-handed or too preachy? It was only after being in Dublin for the abortion referendum that I came home and glued myself to the piano bench and said: 'Amanda, write it. You're a good enough songwriter now, you'll find a way.' Playing it live has felt like a hymn to every man and woman in the audience who's never been able to talk openly about their own abortion experiences."

Read our 2016 interview with Palmer.

There Will Be No Intermission Tracklist:

01. All The Things
02. The Ride
03. Congratulations
04. Drowning in the Sound
05. Hold On Tight
06. The Thing About Things
07. Life's Such a Bitch Isn't It
08. Judy Blume
09. Feeding the Dark
10. Bigger on the Inside
11. There Will Be No Intermission
12. Machete
13. You Know the Statistics
14. Voicemail for Jill
15. You'd Think I'd Shot Their Children
16. A Mother's Confession
17. They're Saying Not to Panic
18. Look Mummy, No Hands
19. Intermission is Relative
20. Death Thing

Amanda Palmer Tour Dates:

03-13-14 Austin, TX - South by Southwest
03-21 Detroit, MI - The Cathedral at the Masonic Temple
03-22 Toronto, Ontario - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
03-23 Montreal, Quebec - Ludger-Duverney Theatre at Monument National
04-05 Washington, DC - National Theatre
04-06 Philadelphia, PA - Temple Performing Arts Center
04-12 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
04-13 Saint Paul, MN - The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
04-19 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
04-20 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
05-10 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
05-11 Los Angeles, CA - Theatre at Ace Hotel
05-17 Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Centre
05-18 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
05-30 St. Louis, MO - The Pagenat
05-31 Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
06-01 Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
06-06 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
06-07 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
06-08 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

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