We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Honest Iago’s new song “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album 29 Palms, which is scheduled to be released on July 27, 2018. You can pre-order the album here.
Honest Iago guitarist Nick Norton commented:
I think part of what makes playing in Honest Iago really fun is that we’re ostensibly a punk band, but between us we listen to and are involved in a huge range of styles of music. We’re huge Postal Service fans and The District Sleeps Alone Tonight was EVERYWHERE when we were starting out. Their music has meant a lot to us over the years. We had never played covers before this one, but when we realized how well the ending worked as a punk song we kind of couldn’t say no to putting our own spin on it and paying homage in our own way to this music we all love.
About the band:
Honest Iago (pronounced “”yah-go”) formed in San Diego in 2005. The band maintained a rotating membership of musicians and visual artists to ensure no two experiences would be the same. The lineup solidified to the quartet of Matt Fradkin, Nick Norton, Craig Vermeyen, and Hunter Knight to release an absurdly ambitious 47-minute debut, Straight On ‘Til Morning, in 2009. Writing about the record, AMP Magazine called Honest Iago an “indie-punk/prog-punk/art-punk/whatever you want to call it musical powder keg waiting to blow,” and “something you won’t find anywhere else.”
To follow up Straight On ‘Til Morning, the members went exploring and began collecting ideas for a second record. With the four of them living apart at various times in Los Angeles, Seattle, London, Edinburgh, New York, San Diego, Paris, Oakland, and the middle of nowhere, songs began to take shape through bedroom recordings and email chains of tracks and lyrics. Ahead of proper recording, Matt and Nick spent time on Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho hashing out the band’s collected ideas. Soon after, the band holed up in a cabin outside of Joshua Tree to finish writing the second album, 29 Palms.
Recorded and produced by Nick Tipp (The National, The Decemberists, HEALTH), 29 Palms is slated for release on July 27. With members now spanning the entire west coast of the US, more music, travels, and tales are on the way.
Top photo by Kelly McGillicuddy