October 6th sees the return of indie-rock supergroup Mister Heavenly. The band, comprised of Nick Thorburn (Islands, The Unicorns), Ryan Kattner (Man Man) and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse, Cold War Kids), will release their second album via Polyvinyl, entitled Boxing the Moonlight.
The 11 track album is the band’s first since 2011’s Out of Love, which was released on Sub Pop. According to a press release, this time around the band is in “a scrappy mood as they embrace a tougher sound.”
Thorburn adds, “It seemed like it was a good idea to pivot from the subject matter of the first record. That was maybe a more emotional thing, and I think this record is much more physical.”
The band sites Krautrock and the beat-heavy production of late-80s and early 90s hip-hop as influences on the new album. This time around, it was important for Mister Heavenly to achieve an eclectic sound.
“I personally hate albums where every song sounds the same,” Kattner says. “It all makes sense in the grand scheme of things. People are complicated. People have a lot of different vibes running through them at any given moment.”
The bouncy and lively first single from Boxing the Moonlight is called “Beat Down” (speaking of “physical”) and features the lyrics, “I want a beat down but just for the education, I want a threesome but just for the conversation.”
Michael Cera, who played bass with the band for a few shows in 2011, will not be joining Mister Heavenly in any capacity this time around.
Check out the track list and album art for Boxing the Moonlight, the video for “Beat Down and tour dates for Mister Heavenly below.
Boxing The Moonlight:
01. Beat Down
02. Blue Lines
03. Makin’ Excuses
04. Hammer Drop
05. George’s Garden
06. No Floor
07. Magic Is Gone
08. Pink Cloud Compression
09. Crazy Love, Vol. III
10. Dead Duck
11. Out Of Time
10/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
10/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
10/24 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
10/25 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
11/02 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
11/03 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
11/04 – Providence, RI @ Alchemy
11/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
11/06 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
11/08 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel
11/09 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
11/11 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall