David Ramirez has announced details of August and September 2018 EU dates, including four UK headline shows with a stop at London’s Borderline on September 7, 2018, which come in support of David’s critically acclaimed album We’re Not Going Anywhere (out now via Thirty Tigers).
Merging Ramirez’s orthodox rootsy sound with a bed of new influences taken from the sounds of his childhood – the likes of The Cars, Devo and the late, great Tom Petty – he finds the prowess to experiment with guitars and new storytelling techniques. Ramirez, who has always been at the helm for production duties, broke tradition by hiring a producer in the form of Sam Kassirer. The album finds Ramirez painting a vividly imagined picture of contemporary America through the songwriter’s own perspective of having dual American and Mexican heritage.
Following Kassirer’s previous work on albums by Lake Street Dive and Josh Ritter, We’re Not Going Anywhere , which was recorded throughout January 2017, saw Ramirez and his band decamp to Kassirer’s eighteenth-century farmhouse-turn-studio, the Great North Sound Society, in rural Maine. The political turbulence that was gathering movement throughout 2017’s winter months inflicted frustration upon Ramirez, ultimately inching into the album’s psyche.
We’re Not Going Anywhere marks a departure for Ramirez who develops the rootsy sound of his early albums to create something new, bold and anchored in the present in both music and lyrics. We’re Not Going Anywhere – these are four simple words informed and driven by Ramirez’s own background which identifies a record of promise and protest at a time of socio-political agitation.
Ramirez says: “So many cultures in this country are being viewed as un-American and it breaks my heart. My family has raised children here, created successful businesses here, and are proud to be a part of this country. Most of what I’ve seen as of late is misplaced fear. I wanted to write about that fear and how, instead of benefiting us, it sends us spiralling out of control.”
Aug 25 – Tonder Festival, Tonder, Denmark
Aug 26 – Tonder Festival, Tonder, Denmark
Aug 27 – Pustervik, Göteborg, Sweden
Aug 28 – Byggarsalen, Stockholm, Sweden
Aug 29 – Café Mono, Oslo, Norway
Aug 30 – Folk A Rock, Malmo, Sweden
Sep 01 – Paradiso Grote Zaal, Amsterdam, Holland
Sep 02 – Grenswerk, Venlo, Holland
Sep 04 – Cluny 2, Newcastle, UK
Sep 05 – Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
Sep 06 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Sep 07 – Borderline, London, UK
Sep 12 – Antiga Fabrica Estrella Damm, Barcelona, ES