FLOOD MAGAZINE: PREMIERE: Imperial Teen Feel Connected on “Walkaway”

It’s the second single from the Bay Area power-pop band’s first album in seven years.

For the first time in nearly a decade, Imperial Teen are doing what they do best: impossibly catchy pop songs rooted in the mid-’00s indie scene. With the recent announcement of Now We Are Timeless, the four-piece’s sixth album since forming in 1995, the band picked up right where they left off with 2012’s Feel the Sound.

Today they’re sharing the new album’s second single, a more solemn affair than the first, recalling the packed stages of Broken Social Scene or The New Pornographers. According to the band, “Walkaway” was written to grapple with the fact that the four members live in different cities, and explain how they still manage to feel connected to one another:

“‘Walkaway’ is a song about a feeling we’ve all known,” the group notes. “Watching others, near and far, and feeling distance and separation from what they’re experiencing—feeling connected and independent at the same time. Closing the gap of physical distance and making our lives a more connected place.”

Now We Are Timeless is out July 12 on Merge. You can pre-order it from the label’s store here, or via your DSP of choice here. The band will be playing a pair of East Coast dates in July and a pair of West Coast dates in August—you can find those listed below the video.


Imperial Teen announce first album in seven years, share first single “We Do What We Do Best”

Imperial Teen are back in a big way with Now We Are Timeless, their first album in seven years! Listen to “We Do What We Do Best” now, and pre-order Now We Are Timeless starting today on CD, LP, and limited-edition “blue ice” Peak Vinyl in the Merge store, or wherever records are sold.

Listen to & share “We Do What We Do Best” by Imperial Teen now

The four-headed hydra that is Imperial Teen provided this statement in unison:

Using our voice is all we can do. We step up, collective and proud, this family of ours that’s sustained and explored creatively for over twenty years. We’re not saying we do what we do better than anyone, but the individuality of our collective voice is all that we have and it’s what we do. We Do What We Do Best.

Imperial Teen’s releases over the past 20+ years have been pointed and specific diaries of musical celebration, windows into the hypersensitive personal drama of relationships within the band, individual conquests and failures, and collective, aspirational hopes, dreams, and perspectives. Roddy Bottum, Will Schwartz, Jone Stebbins, and Lynn Perko Truell—who they’ve become, how they are dealing, and what their lives are in 2019—all of this is on Now We Are Timeless.

The band wrote and recorded the new album in the cities the individual members have geographically gravitated to: New York City, the Bay Area, Denver, and Los Angeles. Themes of time and movement, averting and succumbing to crisis, dealing with loss and pain are all represented on the record, but what rings triumphant is the undeniable joy and catharsis that come from the band’s spontaneous and improvisational approach to making music together.

Imperial Teen have announced a handful of performances this year, including MRG30 in North Carolina, so do your eyes and ears justice by picking up tickets to the show nearest you, and pre-order Now We Are Timeless today!


Imperial Teen on tour:

Jul 25 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right

Jul 26 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (MRG30) [SOLD OUT]

Aug 02 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop

Aug 03 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo


Brooklyn Vegan: Listen to Imperial Teen’s “We Do What We Do Best” from first album in 7 years

“Using our voice is all we can do,” say Imperial Teen about the first single from Now We Are Timeless, their first album in seven years. “We step up, collective and proud, this family of ours that’s sustained and explored creatively for over twenty years. We’re not saying we do what we do better than anyone, but the individuality of our collective voice is all that we have and it’s what we do. We Do What We Do Best.” That declaration, “We Do What We Do Best,” is also the title of the single, which is indeed what you expect from Roddy Bottum and the rest of Imperial Teen — crunchy, synthy, super-catchy indie rock. The song premieres in this post and you can listen below.

Now We Are Timeless is out July 12 via Merge and you can preorder it now. Imperial Teen will be playing a few shows this summer surrounding their appearance at Merge Records 30th anniversary fest, MRG30, beginning with a show at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right on July 25 (tickets). Then after MRG30, they’ll play San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop on August 2 and Los Angeles’ The Echo on August 3. All dates are listed, along with album art and tracklist below.

Now We Are Timeless tracklist:
1. I Think That’s Everything
2. We Do What We Do Best
3. Don’t Wanna Let You Go
4. Walkaway
5. How We Say Goodbye
6. Parade
7. Somebody Like Me
8. Ha
9. The Girl
10. Timeless

IMPERIAL TEEN – 2019 TOUR DATES
July 25 Brooklyn, NY Baby’s All Right
July 26 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle – Merge 30
Aug 2 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop – All Ages Show
Aug 3 Los Angeles, CA The Echo


NEW RECORD DONE!

Recorded. Mixed. Mastered. Artwork done. Mark your calendars… July 12th… Merge Records. Exciting!!!