Trails and Ways will release their forthcoming release Own It on October 7th. The band recently premiered the debut video and lead single “My Things”.
At the end of seven months of touring, two longtime bandmates decided to leave, while frontman Keith Brower Brown’s long-term relationship hit its breaking point. The upheaval knocked him flat, and pushed him towards a tough evaluation of his own flaws and how they could have contributed to these collapses. While backpacking across the Sierra Nevada, traveling Baja California and Louisiana, he confronted deep-set selfishness and self-protective vanity in the hope of making something beautiful out of the mess.
The result is Own It, an album that roars back with anti-capitalist wit in songs that range from dreamy bossanova pulse to rebellious post-punk strut. In the past, Trails and Ways songs kept their politics wistful and enigmatic; the new album strides out of those confines, unafraid to offend, and commits to anti-capitalism with gleeful abandon. With a defiant spirit of personal and political openness, Brower Brown wrote Own It in opposition to the way he felt capitalism tried to turn him defensive, vain, and selfish; through inspiration by Frankfurt School social theorists to look critically at the ways capitalism shapes us psychologically, as well as the Grace Lee/Jimmy Boggs American radical tradition, where personal transformation is the necessary first step to anti-capitalist revolution. With powerful foils of heaviness vs. lightness, playful humor vs. raw emotions and serious polemic, the new songs find an exuberant, cathartic power in owning up to your flaws, cutting loose your creative independence, and finding your own way out.
Trails and Ways will head out on a short tour of the northwest beginning tomorrow, August 4th in Portland, OR. The dates continue through Saturday, August 6th in Seattle, WA. A current itinerary is below and more dates will be announced soon.
Trails and Ways is Keith Brower Brown and Ian Quirk, with Kendra McKinley (guitar/keys/vocals) and Miriam Speyer (bass/vocals) joining them on tour.
Own It track listing:
How Do I Turn
Trails and Ways tour dates:
AUG. 4 PORTLAND, OR THE HIGH WATER MARK
AUG. 5 VANCOUVER, BC THE COBALT
AUG. 6 SEATTLE, WA SUNSET TAVERN