Amanda Palmer has announced the eagerly-awaited release of her first solo album in more than six years. THERE WILL BE NO INTERMISSION is now available for presale in multiple formats and will be released on March 8, 2019. Alongside the album, Palmer is independently releasing an artbook of narrative photography to accompany the album's release. The hardback version is exclusively presold to Amanda's Patrons. For more information on Amanda's Patreon and the book visit: AMANDAPALMER.NET.
To support THERE WILL BE NO INTERMISSION, Palmer will hit the road for a seated theater tour beginning in North America in early 2019 and continuing globally into 2020. The shows will feature Palmer performing solo on grand piano, making it her first official tour ever with no back up musicians. Unironically, there will be an intermission at every show.
Palmer's third solo LP, THERE WILL BE NO INTERMISSION is the multi-faceted artist's most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense with it all. While the themes may be dark, the album's overall sonic and lyrical mood is one of triumph in the face of life's most ineffably shitty circumstances.
Most of these songs were exercises in survival, says Palmer. "This isn't really the record that I was planning to make. But loss and death kept happening in real-time, and these songs became my therapeutic arsenal of tools for making sense of it all."
Recorded over a single month in Los Angeles by GRAMMY® Award-winner John Congleton (who previously engineered and produced 2012's acclaimed THEATRE IS EVIL), THERE WILL BE NO INTERMISSION was entirely crowd-funded, this time by 12,000 patrons using Palmer's community hub at patreon.
Palmer's often-overlooked skills as a pianist mark the LP with a stark but grand sonic approach utterly distinct from her two prior solo albums. Indeed, the album's 10 songs feature only a few extra overdubs provided by key associates, including Congleton, Palmer's friend and frequent collaborator Jason Webley, Montreal-based programmer/keyboardist Max Henry and veteran drummer Joey Waronker. Longtime collaborator Jherek Bischoff also added touches of prepared piano and upright bass; he also arranged 10 short orchestral instrumentals based on the motifs of the songs, creating an intermission of sorts between each track.
Somber yet exultant, THERE WILL BE NO INTERMISSION presents still more dimensions to Amanda Palmer's already voluminous talent, once again confirming her as a master songwriter at the height of considerable power. This one-of-a-kind artist has miraculously molded humor, tears, confession, and naked personal pain into a matchless piece of work that could very well have been morose and gloomy but is, instead, deeply relatable, healing and inspiring.
The Amanda Palmer album is part of the 6th Annual Ten Bands One Cause. Ten titles will be pressed on pink vinyl and released from 9/27 all the way through 10/25 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This will again benefit Gilda's Club NYC (www.gildasclubnyc.org).