SafetySuit will be releasing another new album in 2013 if the band has things their way. Catching up with SafetySuit front man Doug Brown, a self-professed studio rat, he broke a couple of big news items with the Nashville-based band. The band will be releasing an iTunes EP at the end of August. And they’re making plans to record the brunt of a new album at the end of this year for release early next year.
First, with the iTunes EP; although not finalized, the band will include acoustic/broken down versions of favorites “Let Go,” “Anywhere but Here,” and “Never Stop.” In addition to those songs, Brown says the EP will also include the group covering Leonard Cohen’s renowned song, “Hallelujah.”
Fresh off of a support slot opening for Daughtry, Brown talked about working on a new album while describing the band’s hectic summer season.
“We had a great time,” said Doug on the Daughtry tour. “We came back and we wanted to do this EP, and we have the headlining tour in September. So we’ve been busy, we tried to get a little bit of a break since we’ve been out since March, but we went back into the studio to do this. And we’re getting all the songs together for the next record too. So it’s been a crazy whirlwind summer.”
The fall is shaping up to be just as busy for the group, in addition to trying to get songs together for a new album, they’ll embark on that headlining tour (you can see the dates below.)
“We may add a few more dates to the headlining run, but we want to get in [to the studio] while we have the time because the top of the year’s going to be pretty busy. We’re hoping to get in and record most of the next record.”
The band’s latest release, These Times came out early this year, and performed excellently on the iTunes charts. Fans were ready for the album after waiting almost four years after the 2008 release of their debut album Life Left to Go. The band doesn’t want to wait another four years to release a new album.
“We made people wait so long between the first and the second,” said Brown. “We wanted to make sure the people understand that’s not the way we wanted to do things. We had some things that were going on outside of our control. We like to keep the music fresh, we’re not guys that write one or two songs every two years. We feel like we’ve got something new to add to the conversation so we might as well not make it wait.”
The iTunes EP Release at the end of August is fairly certain, as for a new album in the first quarter of 2013? We’ll remain cautiously optimistic on that one. But judging from Brown’s demeanor I’d expect a new album from SafetySuit at some point next year.
SafetySuit Headlining Tour:
Sep 07 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
Sep 08 The Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, DC
Sep 09 Penn’s Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
Sep 11 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA
Sep 12 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY
Sep 14 Musica Akron, OH
Sep 15 The Basement Columbus, OH
Sep 17 20th Century Theatre Cincinnati, OH
Sep 18 Emerson Theatre Indianapolis, IN
Sep 20 Old Rock House St. Louis, MO
Sep 21 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
Sep 22 The Brick Minneapolis, MN
Sep 24 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
Sep 25 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 27 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
Sep 28 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
Sep 29 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
Oct 01 Roxy Theatre West Hollywood, CA
Oct 04 The Loft Dallas, TX
Oct 05 Scout Bar Houston, TX