David Ramirez returns with Watching From A Distance, the first single from his upcoming fourth album, We’re Not Going Anywhere.
Discussing the song, the Austin-based singer-songwriter told Rock Shot: “Most times, when a relationship ends, there is a season of mourning but then the clouds part, the sun rises, and we move on. What happens if and when the sun doesn’t rise? What happens if, no matter how hard we try, we can’t move on?”
The LP it precedes marks a departure for Ramirez who built on the rootsy sound of his early albums by incorporating musical influences from his childhood, the likes of The Cars and Journey.
Lyrically, the album is informed by his dual Mexican and American heritage.
He explained: “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.”
For the first time, Ramirez hired an external producer (Sam Kassirer) to help evolve the recording process. In January 2017 Ramirez and his band decamped to the Great North Sound Society, an 18th-century farmhouse in rural Maine that serves as Kassirer’s studio.
Said Ramirez: “It’s very secluded, which was part of the appeal. We were able to get out of our touring headspace and stay completely involved with the record and what we were doing. That allowed the band to concentrate on the music, to pursue ideas without distractions and misgivings, but it also removed them from the world during a momentous event.”
We’re Not Going Anywhere is set for UK release via Thirty Tigers on 8 September 2017. It will be preceded by an 8-date UK headline tour throughout July, including a stop at London’s Old Blue Last on 12 July 2017.