‘HELL OR HIGH WATER’ THE RADIO 2 PLAYLISTED SINGLE LISTEN HERE
FROM THE NEW ALBUM ‘RUNAWAY’ OUT AUGUST 31ST ON BLACK CROW RECORDS VIA COOKING VINYL PRE-ORDER
+ WORLD TOUR INCLUDES SOLD-OUT DATES IN LONDON, BRIGHTON, BIRMINGHAM, EDINBURGH & GLASGOW
Passenger returns with another stirring track that brings together anthemic pop and rousing Americana overtones in a gloriously candid framework.
Added to Radio 2’s Playlist this week, ‘Hell Or High Water’ is the new single from Passenger impacting on July 13th. It is the lead single from ‘Runaway’, the Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter’s new album out August 31st
“The song is a personal inquisition,” says Rosenberg of ‘Hell Or High Water’. “I came out of a relationship a few years ago, and I was just baffled by it. Was it something I’d done? Something she’d done? The video was shot in various national parks - Monument Valley, Valley Of Fire, Death Valley and Joshua Tree. These epic and vast landscapes really help to portray a feeling of being lost in a hopeless quest for answers.”
Passenger, aka Brighton’s Mike Rosenberg, will support ‘Runaway’s release with an extensive world tour. The UK leg includes London’s Roundhouse on Sept 8th, which sold out in hours, and his dates in Brighton, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Edinburgh are also sold-out. Before then, Passenger will appear at prestigious Festivals across Europe and North America this summer.
Passenger is one of the most successful UK artists of this decade, a streaming phenomenon who has had well in excess of a billion streams on Spotify. The video for his Ivor Novello Award-winning single ‘Let Her Go’ has been viewed almost two billion times. The single reached No.1 in 19 countries, with the accompanying album ‘All The Little Lights’ achieving platinum or multi-platinum status in 11 countries. Passenger’s 2016 album, ‘Young As The Morning Old As The Sea’ entered the UK charts at No.1, ahead of Bruce Springsteen, and the subsequent tour saw Rosenberg play his largest headline tour to date with a total audience of over 1.4 million across 29 countries, including playing to over 13,500 people at Amsterdam’s ZiggoDome.
‘Runaway’, Passenger’s tenth album in 11 years, was recorded between the UK and Australia with his co-producer, Chris Vallejo, but its aesthetic is North American. “My dad is American,” Rosenberg explains, “and we used to go over every other summer when we were kids. I always loved it. I guess I was seduced by it a little bit. It was such a culture shock coming from England.”
Sonically, too, ‘Runaway’ draws on Americana, for instance the early work of Ryan Adams. Rosenberg imagined these new songs as unfolding against a backdrop of American landscapes. And so, rather than the usual video process, he and video director Jarrad Seng spent three weeks making videos on a road trip across the US.
‘Runaway’ is released on CD, Vinyl LP and download with Deluxe 2CD, 2LP and Deluxe Digital formats available that include Live Acoustic versions of the album recorded across North America.
Passenger ‘Runaway’, track listing: 1 Hell Or High Water 2 Why Can’t I Change 3 Heart To Love 4 Let’s Go 5 Eagle Bear Buffalo 6 Ghost Town 7 Runaway 8 He Leaves You Cold 9 To Be Free 10 Survivors
Deluxe formats include original album plus bonus disc/tracks:
1 Survivors - Live from Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, OR 2 To Be Free - Live from Dauphin Rd, Vineland, NJ 3 Eagle Bear Buffalo - Live from Canaan Mountain Wilderness Area, UT 4 Runaway - Live from Joshua Tree National Park, CA 5 Ghost Town - Live from Michigan Theatre, Detroit, MI 6 He Leaves You Cold - Live from Unityville, PA 7 Let's Go - Live from Trough Rd State Bridge, CO 8 Heart To Love - Live from a rooftop in Manhattan, NY 9 Why Can't I Change - Live from Tahkenitch Landing Campground, Gardiner, OR 10 Hell Or High Water - Live from Santa Monica Beach, Los Angeles, CA
Festival dates: July 5 BluesFest, Ottawa, Canada July 6 Festival D'Été International, Quebec, Canada July 8 Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, Canada July 14 Vancouver Island Folk Festival, Vancouver, Canada July 26 Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary, Canada July 28 LL Bean Summer Series, Freeport, ME, USA July 29 Newport Folk Festival, Newport - RI, USA Aug 2 A Summers Tale, Luhmühlen, Germany Aug 4 Ronquières Festival, Ronquières, Belgium Aug 5 Dranouter Festival, Belgium
Headline European Tour: Aug 29 Edinburgh, Queens Hall (SOLD OUT) Aug 30 Glasgow, ABC (SOLD OUT) Sept 1 Dublin, Vicar Street Sept 2 Belfast, Ulster Hall Sept 4 Manchester, Albert Hall Sept 5 Birmingham, O2 Institute (SOLD OUT) Sept 8 London, Roundhouse (SOLD OUT) Sept 9 Brighton, Dome (SOLD OUT) Sept 15 Munich, Tonhalle Sept 17 Zurich, Volkshaus Sept 18 Milan, Alcatraz Sept 21 Copenhagen, VEGA Sep 22 Stockholm, Göta Lejon Sept 24 Berlin, Astra Sept 26 Amsterdam, AFAS Live Sept 27 Koln, Live Music Hall Sept 29 Antwerp, Trix (SOLD OUT) Sept 30 Paris, YOYO
Headline North America Tour: Oct 13 Nashville Cannery Ballroom Oct 14 Atlanta Buckhead Theatre Oct 16 Washington 9.30 Club Oct 18 New York Brooklyn Steel Oct 19 Boston Paradise Rock Club Oct 21 Montreal Corona Theatre (SOLD OUT) Oct 23 Toronto Phoenix Concert Theatre Oct 25 Minneapolis First Avenue Oct 27 Denver Gothic Theatre Oct 30 Vancouver Vogue Theatre Oct 31 Seattle Showbox @ The Market Nov 2 Portland Crystal Ballroom Nov 4 San Francisco The Fillmore Nov 6 Los Angeles The Belaboo