Kevin Devine has just announced We Are Who We’ve Always Been, a stripped down reimagining of his 2016 release Instigator. The album was produced by longterm collaborator Chris Bracco and features guest performances from Swivs, The Mynabirds and Half Waif.
Today Devine is streaming the first track from the record “I Was Alive Back Then” featuring Half Waif. We Are Who We’ve Always Been is set to be released on October 20th via Procrastinate! Music Traitors and Triple Crown Records.
Listen below to Kevin Devine’s stripped down “I Was Alive Back Then” featuring Half Waif.
“Part according to plan & part in reaction to circumstances beyond our control blowing that plan up, I ended up doing nearly as much touring solo as we did full-band on Instigator, which, in its original presentation, was mostly a pretty full-on fuzzy power-pop record. It’s always fun & challenging figuring out ways to present the songs in each format so they feel equally compelling; with Instigator, I found the songs really felt like they made sense both ways, and ended up demanding an alternate presentation to highlight different strengths. It was, as always, a treat tackling that alongside Chris Bracco, my longest-standing creative collaborator, responsible here for production, mixing, and art design.
For the three songs that were already acoustic in presentation, we decided to build around piano/synth/other voices, and bring in three excellent friends way more qualified than I am to do that credibly. Will Schalda, who performs as Swivs and plays with Charles Bradley & Budos Band, handled “Freddie Gray Blues;” Laura Burhenn, who plays as the Mynabirds and has toured as a member of Bright Eyes & The Postal Service, transformed “No One Says You Have To;” and Nandi Rose Plunkett, who plays as Half Waif & is a member of Pinegrove, opened up “I Was Alive Back Then.” They all absolutely and uniquely killed it.
I think the record stands as its own document, has its own voice, and completes the full story of these songs. I hope you feel the same.” – Kevin Devine
You can check below We Are Who We’ve Always Been Tracklisting & artwork.
1. No Why
3. Magic Magnet
4. Freddie Gray Blues (Feat. Swivs)
5. No History
7. Both Ways
8. No One Says You Have To (Feat. The Mynabirds)
9. Guard Your Gates
10. Before You’re Here
11. I Was Alive Back Then (Feat. Half Waif)
09/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Xfinity Live!
10/07 – Lowell, MA – Zorba’s Music Hall^
12/14 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House*
12/16 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg%
! = w/ Taking Back Sunday
^ = A Celebration Of Jack Kerouac
* = Kevin Devine plays We Are Who We’ve Always Been and Make The Clocks Move
% = Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band play Instigator and Put Your Ghost To Rest