Calexico share new track Under The Wheels
With their new album The Thread That Keeps Us out next Friday, Calexico have shared a third single from the record, along with an accompanying lyric video.
“When coming up with the material for the new album we pushed ourselves to reinvent and discover new musical expressions" vocalist and guitarist Joey Burns explains.
"One of the more upbeat songs that came about was the track Under The Wheels. Sergio Mendoza our keyboardist who wrote the music felt like it touched on a bit of the Latin and indie rock elements of artists like Los Fabulousos Cadillacs and The Clash, and it reminded me of the vibe from David Bowie’s album Let’s Dance."
"Lyrically I imagined following a character wandering city streets on their skateboard with earbuds blasting while swerving in and around themes of anxiety and worldly pressures. The weight that the words convey ultimately gives way to the light and optimism of the rhythms and melody. It’s a sign of peace in this era of war machines, a path that brings us closer together to find resolve and solutions, 'from the core to the seams the threads that we seek.'"
In bringing the album to life, Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino found a spiritual home on the Northern California coast in a home-turned-studio called the Panoramic House. Built from debris and shipyard-salvaged timber and dubbed The Phantom Ship by the band.
Working with their longtime engineer Craig Schumacher, Calexico co-produced The Thread That Keeps Us, gathering musicians from across the globe. “There’s a little more chaos and noise in the mix than what we’ve done in the past,” Burns points out.
Although that chaos has much to do with “where we’re at right now as a planet,” it also echoes Calexico’s experimentation. “Whenever we’re writing and we come up with something that feels too familiar, someone will end up saying, ‘That feels good, but let’s keep going and see what else we can uncover,’” Burns says. “It’s been really important to the arc of this band’s evolution for us to always keep on trying new things.”
“Instead of writing straight-up protest songs, I want to tell stories,” Burns explains.
Largely inspired by his wanderings around Northern California during the album’s production, the narratives embedded in the record reflect on displacement, transitory existence, and - in Burns’s words - “returning to your home after being gone for some time and seeing how things have changed, and maybe not in the best way.”
Calexico UK live dates:
Mar 28 - Bristol, Trinity Centre
Mar 29 - London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
The Thread That Keeps Us tracklist:
01. End of the World With You
02. Voices in the Field
03. Bridge to Nowhere
05. Under the Wheels
06. The Town & Miss Lorraine
07. Flores y Tamales
08. Another Space
09. Unconditional Waltz
10. Girl in the Forrest
11. Eyes Wide Awake
12. Dead in the Water
14. Thrown to the Wild
15. Music Box
Calexico's The Thread That Keeps Us is out 26 January via City Slang