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John Moreland - New Album 'Big Bad Luv', Plus 'It Don't Suit Me (Like Before)' Stream
John Moreland : New Album 'Big Bad Luv', Plus 'It Don't Suit Me (Like Before)' Stream
23rd February 2017

Big Bad Luv – the new album from John Moreland – is an honest, bruising experience.  A record about love, faith and the human condition, his first for 4AD is released 5th May 2017.  ‘It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before)’, the first track from Big Bad Luv, is launched today.  You can stream in the player below, or on the platform of your choice here.

Moving from Kentucky to Tulsa when he was ten years old, John fronted hardcore and punk bands throughout high school years before feeling the pull of the lyricism he heard in folk and country music; “I was 19 in 2004, and Steve Earle had put out The Revolution Starts Now, and I remember hearing the song ‘Rich Man’s War’ and totally feeling like somebody just punched me in the chest”.  Moreland has been chasing the ‘chest punch’ ever since, composing pointedly and prodigiously, releasing largely self-produced albums every other year since 2011.

Playing an equally pivotal role in his rise have been his mesmeric solo performances (including his performance on Colbert in 2016) and burgeoning word-of-mouth live reputation, and by the time he finished touring his most recent album, High On Tulsa Heat, making music was now his living; “I expected to just play in the corner of the bar and have people not really pay attention, make $100, go home and go to work the next morning, doing something I didn't like,” Moreland says.  “So, yeah, I didn't really expect to be here.  But, then, on the other hand, I did.  I feel like I'm good enough to be here.  And I've always been confident, even when I probably shouldn't have been.”

His fourth album, Big Bad Luv, was recorded in Little Rock, AK, and mostly with a crew of Tulsa friends: John Calvin Abney (piano and guitar), Aaron Boehler (bass), Paddy Ryan (drums), Jared Tyler (dobro) and Lucero's Rick Steff (piano).  Coming together in three sessions over ten months, which were sandwiched between touring dates and life, the final album was then mixed by GRAMMY winning Tchad Blake, who has worked with iconic acts from Al Green to Tom Waits.

Asked whether he feels Big Bad Luv is a perhaps a happier record, “I don't think I'm writing songs that are that much different,” Moreland says.  “It's always been a positive thing at heart, even if a song isn't sunshine and rainbows.  At the very least my songs have been a way to exorcise negative feelings so that I can move on.  And hopefully they provide that same experience to listeners.  So that's what I'm still doing.  I think it's a positive thing.  I think this record, there's definitely a change in attitude, but it's the same point of view.”

Find John Moreland online:
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Big Bad Luv is released 5th May 2017, on 4AD.
You can pre-order from the 4AD Store on LP and CD here.  
You can pre-order from John Moreland's store and all digital platforms here.

John Moreland - Big Bad Luv
1. Sallisaw Blue
2. Old Wounds
3. Every Kind of Wrong
4. Love Is Not an Answer
5. Lies I Chose to Believe
6. Amen, So Be It
7. No Glory in Regret
8. Ain’t We Gold
9. Slow Down Easy
10. It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before)
11. Latchkey Kid

28th - Delmar Hall, Saint Louis MO, US

1st - Madison Theater, Covington KY, US
3rd - The Orange Peel, Asheville NC, US
4th - The Orange Peel, Asheville NC, US

8th - Rhythm & Blooms, Knoxville TN, US
22nd - Amplify Decatur Music Festival, Decatur GA, US
23rd - High Water Festival, North Charleston SC, US
28th - Stagecoach Music Festival, Indio CA, US

6th - Oran Mor, Glasgow, UK
8th - Union Chapel, London, UK
9th - Union Chapel, London, UK
11th - Les Etoiles, Paris, France
13th - Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
14th - Passionkirche, Berlin, Germany
16th - Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1st - Off Broadway, St. Louis MO, US* [TICKETS]
3rd - Beachland Tavern, Cleveland OH, US* [TICKETS]
4th - Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC, US*
7th - Bowery Ballroom, New York NY, US*
8th - Sinclair, Boston MA, US* [TICKETS]
9th - Le Ritz, Montreal QC, Canada*
10th - Velvet Underground, Toronto ON, Canada*
13th - The Ark, Ann Arbor MI, US*
14th - Thalia Hall, Chicago IL, US* [TICKETS]
16th - Turf Club, Minneapolis MN, US*
17th - Barnstormers at Codfish Hollow, Maquoketa IA, US* [TICKETS]

11th - George's Majestic, Fayetteville AR, US*
12th - 1884 Lounge at Minglewood, Memphis TN, US*
14th-16th - Forecastle Festival, Louisville KY, US
15th-16th - Sloss Festival, Birmingham AL, US
18th - Grey Eagle, Asheville NC, US*
19th - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC, US* [TICKETS]
22nd - Proud Larry's, Oxford MS, US* [TICKETS]

1st-3rd - End of the Road Festival, Dorset, UK

* - on-sale Friday 3rd March