New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Lake Street Dive released its new album Free Yourself Up on Nonesuch Records on May 4, featuring the lead tracks"Good Kisser
" and "I Can Change
". The record debuted at No. 4 on the Top Album Chart and No. 8 in the Billboard Top 200 Chart with 31,824 units sold (of which 30, 459 were traditional album sales) - a first for the band, and their highest sales week to date. Their previous album Side Pony debuted in 2016 at No. 11 on the Top Album Chart and No. 29 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and before that Bad Self Portraits debuted in 2014 at No. 18 on the Top Album Chart.
" has been in the Top 5 at Americana radio for more than a month and is currently in the Top 20 and climbing at AAA radio, both career peaks for the band. On album release day, the group shared a new music video for "Good Kisser
", directed by Bianca Giaever.
Building on the success of their release, Lake Street Dive
performed "Baby Don't Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts" at Brooklyn's Retrofret Vintage Guitars for NPR's Night Owl before their sold-out show at Brooklyn Steel. The video has since been viewed nearly a half million times. The band also recently played three tracks from the album on CBS This Morning - Saturday and later performed the single "Good Kisser
" on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, about which Rolling Stone remarked: "fleshed out by the keys work of the Boston
ensemble's newest full-time member Akie Bermiss, the band's tongue-in-cheek breakup tune features a smoldering groove that eventually catches full flame."
Free Yourself Up is available to purchase now at iTunes, lakestreetdive.com, and nonesuch.com, and to stream atApple Music
and Spotify. This is Lake Street Dive's second album on Nonesuch. The band-drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, guitarist/trumpeter Michael "McDuck" Olson, and recently on-boarded keyboardist Akie Bermiss-produced the album themselves at Goosehead Palace Studios in Nashville with engineer Dan Knobler.
To Lake Street Dive, the title, Free Yourself Up, is both an exhortation to listeners and a statement of the band's purpose. This can be heard, most notably, in the anthemic track "Shame, Shame, Shame" and it's manifesto that "change is coming...Ain't no holding back. Ain't no running." In many ways, it is their most intimate and collaborative record, with the band working as a tightly knit unit to craft its ten songs. For this album, the quartet drafted touring keyboardist Akie Bermiss to join them in the studio as well as on stage. Adding another player to the process freed up the band members to explore a wider range of instrumental textures, construct more full-bodied arrangements, and build on their well-known background harmonies.
The band's international tour is well on its way with more than 60 performances scheduled, many of them already sold out. Tickets are on sale now at lakestreetdive.com.