We knew Laura Burhenn was in the studio with Richard Swift, the Oregon-based producer who has worked with Damien Jurado and plays with The Shins.
Now we know the name of the project: “Generals.” The sophomore album from The Mynabirds will be out June 5 on Saddle Creek Records.
After recording her debut with Swift, “What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood,” Swift toured heavily with the band and then with Bright Eyes.
According to a press release, “Generals” is a protest album and a concept album based on Burhenn’s political frustrations. Burhenn said she wanted to pay tribute to women in history who got their hands dirty while making a difference.
“It was important for me that this record made sense of my own anger and turned it into positive energy,” Burhenn says. “I needed it to be transformative – of both the individual and the body politic. It’s as much a meditation on Walt Whitman’s hope for America as Gandhi’s directive to ‘be the change you want to see in the world.’”
You can download the title track below by giving Saddle Creek Records your e-mail address.
The band is also going on tour starting with a Lincoln date on March 6. They’ll hit up SXSW along the way and end the tour with a date in Omaha on March 23.
03/06/12 Lincoln, NE – Zoo Bar
03/07/12 Denver, CO – Walnut Room
03/08/12 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
03/10/12 Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Café w/ Big Harp
03/11/12 Santa Barbara, CA – SOHO w/ Big Harp
03/13/12 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture w/ Big Harp
03/16/12 Austin, TX – Lamberts (SXSW) w/ Big Harp
03/19/12 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall w/ Big Harp
03/20/12 Columbia, MO – Mojo’s w/ Big Harp
03/21/12 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews w/ Big Harp
03/22/12 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry w/ Big Harp
03/23/12 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room w/ Big Harp