Allmusic.com premiered the "Our Lives Our Time" music video yesterday. Check it out:
The video is also available on Daily Motion.
We came to you on May 23, 2013 with what felt like a pretty crazy idea. Chad was writing a new album and wanted to workshop the songs in front of some live audiences. Instead of booking a traditional venue tour, we asked fans in 13 US cities to take a journey with us and let Chad and 30-50 fans into their homes for an evening of music. The response from hosts and attendees was so overwhelming that the living room tour eventually expanded to 9 more North American cities and 8 in Europe. Regardless of the place or the language, the result was always the same, a collection of strangers came together to create a community around music.
Filmmakers Ryan Mastro and Maggie Riley were along for the ride and filmed this documentary about the first leg of the tour:
WATCH ON VIMEO
Now we fast forward to the day we've all been waiting for, the day that we get to share the first songs from this new album. Not just any album, your album.
The Horse Comanche will feature 10 songs and be released on February 3rd in North America, February 20th in Germany and February 23rd in the UK and the rest of Europe. It's an album that is yours in a way that a Chadwick, Dispatch or State Radio album has never been. It's an album that couldn't have been created without your influence or support, so much so that 2,151 fans are named in the "thank you" section of the liner notes. The first song that we'd like to share with you is called "Our Lives Our Time."
There was never any doubt in our minds that "Our Lives" (as we call it at Chadwick Stokes HQ) would be the first song to see the light of day. It was a 657-word epic that living room audiences connected with every night. Maybe it was the humility of Chad needing his lyric book in front of him or the verbal tightrope walking in the bridge. Whatever it was, attendees began posting videos of the song on YouTube which reminded us of the days when Dispatch fans would tape shows and post new songs on Napster long before they'd appear on a studio album.
The 2nd song is one that you might have heard in Rucksackspende.de crowd funding video that we posted on Facebook. It's called "Prison Blue Eyes" and it was another crowd favorite on the living room tour:
We're looking forward to sharing more songs from The Horse Comanche between now and release day. Album patrons, regardless of where they live, will receive their copy on February 3rd. They can also visit the patron page right now to download MP3s of both tracks.
Fans who didn't attend a living room concert or purchase a patron pre-order can reserve a digital, CD or vinyl copy of The Horse Comanche today on Chad's web store. People who pre-order on the web store will get MP3s for the two new songs as well.
You can also stream 90 seconds of each song on The Horse Comanche right now on iTunes. Click here to preview the entire album and lock in your digital pre-order. Anyone who pre-orders will receive "Our Lives Our Time" immediately (or "Prison Blue Eyes if you're in Germany).
As a reminder, anyone who purchased a patron pre-order or a living room concert ticket can access free downloads of both songs right now on the patron page.
Chad and his band will be hitting the road this November for the first full band tour in support of his forthcoming solo album. The tour kicks off on Saturday November 1st in Northampton, MA with the Calling All Crows 5K (which you can register for right here).
11/01 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Nightclub w/ Ark Life - Tix | Info
11/03 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's w/ Ark Life - Tix | Info
11/05 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig (18+) w/ Ark Life - Tix | Info
11/06 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's (21+) w/ Ark Life - Tix | Info
11/07 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's (21+) w/ Ark Life - Tix | Info
11/08 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center w/ Ark Life - Tix | Info
11/10 - Ames, IA @ The M-Shop w/ Ark Life - Tix | Info
11/11 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck w/ Ark Life - Tix | Info
11/13 - Boulder, CO @ The Fox Theatre w/ Ark Life - Tix | Info
11/14 - Denver, CO @ The Bluebird (16+) w/ Ark Life - Tix | Info
11/17 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile w/ Tristen - Tix | Info
11/18 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios w/ Tristen - Tix | Info
11/20 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel w/ Tristen - Tix | Info
11/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater (21+) w/ Tristen - Tix | Info
11/22 - San Diego, CA @ The Loft at UCSD w/ Tristen - Tix | Info
12/02 - Washington, DC @ The Hamilton w/ LeoLeo - Tix | Info
12/03 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (21+) w/ LeoLeo - Tix | Info
12/05 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (16+) w/ LeoLeo - Tix | Info
12/20 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues w/ Lucius - Tix | Info
Tickets are on sale now.
Chad's friend Patricia told us about a great project from a German organization called Rucksackspende. They're developing a medical backpack that sterilizes surgical instruments using the power of the sun! It's an awesome project that will greatly help people in developing countries so we had to say "yes" when they asked to use "Prison Blue Eyes" (from the new album!) in their video. Check out the video and then learn more about their crowd funding campaign here.
The 7th Annual Calling All Crows Benefit concert will take place on Saturday December 20th at the House of Blues. The awesome ladies and gentlemen of Lucius will be opening the show and CAC will be holding a silent auction throughout the night. There will be a special VIP reception before the show featuring a special acoustic performance from Chad along with free food and drinks.
This year's pre-concert service project will be taking place from 1-4PM at the International Medical Equipment Collaborative in North Andover, MA. IMEC’s mission is to transform impoverished communities around the world by providing equipment for health care, agriculture, and education projects in developing countries. The project will involve preparing, organizing, and packing equipment and supplies to be sent to areas of need. Sign up for the service project here.
Chad will be emceeing the Calling All Crows open mic night at their first ever Farm Jam, a community event with music, hay rides, yard games, food and fun for all ages. Farm Jam is happening in Ayer, MA this Saturday from 4-8PM. Get your tickets here.
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