I OH YOU is thrilled to reveal that City Calm Down will release their much-anticipated third album Television on Friday 23 August. Pre-order the album now here.
Faster, simpler, tougher: This is City Calm Down like you’ve never heard them before.
To celebrate the news of the album’s release, last night the Melbourne outfit premiered huge new single Stuck (On The Eastern) on triple j’s Good Nights. “Man, you’ll never reach the end,” sings frontman Jack Bourke. It’s a provocation to think, not follow.
Television is a spectacular record: short, sharp and focused. Recorded with producer Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, DZ Deathrays, Julia Jacklin) at The Grove Studios in NSW, it sees Jack Bourke (vocals), Sam Mullaly (keys), Jeremy Sonnenberg (bass) and Lee Armstrong (drums) chase something new, without hesitation or second thoughts.
“After 11 years together, it felt like it was time to shake things up and really get out of our comfort zone,” says Jack.
And so City Calm Down stripped back their sound and focused their message: wake up, the world’s happening to you. Sonically, Television is a direct hit to the body, packed with both punk energy and City Calm Down’s trademark emotional intensity. It’s also the band’s finest work yet, following up 2018’s Echoes In Blue and their 2015 debut In A Restless House.
“We set out to make a record that would excite us,” explains Jack. “That meant drawing on influences we grew up listening to and first excited us as kids, bands like The Clash, T.Rex, Midnight Oil, Talking Heads and The Smiths and mixing those influences with artists we’ve come to love as we’ve grown up.“
“We’re proud of how different this record is from everything else we’ve done,” he continues. “And we’re f*cking excited to put it out!”
With over 12 million streams so far, City Calm Down’s accomplished songwriting and exhilarating live shows have earned them praise from fans in Australia and across the globe. They’ve had airplay on triple j, RTR, 4ZZZ, UK’s BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6 and more, plus international press coverage from outlets including NME, Rolling Stone, The 405, Stereogum, Consequence Of Sound, Indie Shuffle, Clash, The Independent, and more. CCD have performed multiple sold-out headline tours and at festivals including Splendour In The Grass, Laneway, The Great Escape, Gold Sounds, Falls, Sugar Mountain, Beyond The Valley, Yours & Owls, and more.
City Calm Down
Out Fri 23 August through I OH YOU
Available for pre-order here
Visions Of Graceland
Stuck (On The Eastern)
New Year’s Eve
Cut The Wires