Seated behind the wheel of a vintage Ford truck in a purple rhinestone in shape, Scott Avett stretches his hands across the cab and out the window, singing excessive and proud approximately being a “high steppin’, high bettin’, love givin’, love gettin’” sort of guy.
It’s not lengthy, even though, before he realizes that Death — played through Seth Avett, his brother, and co-founder of folk-rock band the Avett Brothers — is riding shotgun. As it turns out, that extensive-open road of possibility is a narrower lane than it seemed, and fate is ready to take him in some sudden directions.
In the new video for “High Steppin,” the first track released from the Avett Brothers’ upcoming studio album, Closer Than Together (October 4 on American/Republic), the band plays off the small dangers and gambles human beings soak up lifestyles each day, and wherein they can lead.
“Choices are restrained as you get older,” Scott Avett tells Rolling Stone Country. “Maybe restrained via what you’ve learned. Maybe restrained because you know that you’ve committed to things, and with that comes limitations.
“Each yr that goes by, if you’re honestly longing to observe and be aware, which I am, you begin gazing how fleeting [life] is. That darkness that’s a form of proper there all the time that’s ready to take over … adds to the riskiness of it.”
But in actual Avetts fashion, there’s hardly a stitch of darkness in that Nudie suit. The piano-driven tune bounces on an addictive, galloping synth below the group’s signature uplifting harmonies. By the give up of the clip, he and Death sing in duet, arm in arm, line dancing within the center of the road as mess around performs out over the beat.
“High Steppin’” became initially been written as a immediately-beforehand u . S . Track, Avett says, earlier than the band started deconstructing it and experimenting, a system additionally they used on True Sadness cuts like “Ain’t No Man.” To his marvel, the extra they moved far from that conventional sound, the weightier the subject matter sounded to him.
“I’ve always cherished a evaluation, if it’s hues or if it’s topics if it’s sound. Something kind of deadly, or crucial, or just massively stressful contrasted with … greater of a playful sound.”
Throughout Closer Than Together, the band wraps heady topics into their narratives, keeping with a undertaking statement about the album penned via Seth Avett.
“We didn’t make a file that was intended to comment on the sociopolitical landscape that we stay in,” he writes. “We did, but, make an album that is glaringly informed by what is occurring now on a grander scale all around us … because we are part of it, and it is a part of us.”
Adds Scott Avett, “These songs very plenty work off of each other and in all likelihood say extra socially and politically than we’ve ever attempted to mention. I wouldn’t call it a social-political file, but it touches on a number of our personal private experiences, with such things as our love and respect for the ladies in our lives.”
Ahead of the album’s release, the Avett Brothers have a stacked journeying schedule set for the summer, including three offered-out, indicates at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, and performance at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee, on June 14.
Meanwhile, Scott Avett, who studied visual arts in college and has collected a massive frame of labor (that’s his portray on the cover in their 2009 release I and Love and You), will show a collection of massive-scale pix and artwork at the North Carolina Museum of Art, October 12 through February 2, 2020.
“I ought to work a little tough to be musical,” he laughs. “I may be lyrical — I love phrases and I love to mention matters — but for me to be musical, it takes loads extra work than for me to be visual. So I do not forget portray surely on the top of my priorities.”
The Avett Brothers excursion dates:
June 14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
June 16 – Bethel, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
June 18 – Essex Junction, VT @ Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exposition w/Jill Andrews
June 19 – Hyannis, MA @ Cape Cod Melody Tent w/Jill Andrews
June 21 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage, Outlaw Music Festival
June 22 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion, Outlaw Music Festival
June 23 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena, Outlaw Music Festival
June 27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest, Outlaw Music Festival
June 28 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Outlaw Music Festival
July 3 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater w/Lake Street Dive
July five – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards
July 6 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/Nicole Atkins
July 7 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/Lake Street Dive
July nine – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre w/Lake Street Dive
July 10 – Jackson, WY @ The Center Theater
July 12 – St. Louis, MO @ The Fabulous Fox
July thirteen – St. Louis, MO @ The Fabulous Fox
July 14 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
August nine – Sandpoint, ID @ Festival at Sandpoint w/Che Apalache
August 10 – George, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre w/Lake Street Dive & Trampled via Turtles
August eleven – Salem, OR @ LB Day Amphitheatre w/Lake Street Dive
August 13 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater w/Lake Street Dive
August 16 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre w/Lake Street Dive
August 17 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre w/Lake Street Dive
August 18 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre w/Lake Street Dive
August 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre w/Lake Street Dive
August 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre w/Lake Street Dive
August 23 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theatre w/Lake Street Dive
August 24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl w/Lake Street Dive
September 6 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
September 8 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
September 10 – Morgantown, WV @ WVU Coliseum
September thirteen – Baltimore, MD @ UMBC Event Center
September 14 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amp, Outlaw Music Festival
September 19 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre w/Trampled By Turtles
September 20 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island w/Trampled by means of Turtles
September 21 – Welch, MN @ Treasure Island Resort & Casino w/Trampled by Turtles
November 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Fox Theatre
November 22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Fox Theatre
December 31 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex