Here We Go Magic have announced the release of their third album a Different Ship, which will be released in Australia this May through Inertia. They’ve also released a new single Make Up Your Mind, which you can hear below.
The seeds for A Different Ship were initially planted in late June 2010 at the Glastonbury Festival. Here We Go Magic had been on the road since spring, playing for audiences at Bonnaroo, Coachella with their uncanny live chemistry.
Glastonbury, however, started off rough for the band. Onstage before noon in the scorching sun, they struggled at the start of their set to feel connected to the crowd. “We were playing horribly hungover and groggy in front of hungover and groggy people,” says Bloch. “The crowd wasn’t giving us much to work with, except for these two guys standing in front,” Temple continues. “One of them was dancing around like a maniac and I was like, ‘I’m just gonna play for those two guys. Then I realized, ‘That’s fucking Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich!’”
Godrich for his part says, “I am a big fan of this band. They work VERY hard. They are very talented individually and collectively. I was turned on to them by Thom Yorke while we were sharing a tipi at Glastonbury and was awoken by their opening set at the park stage. He dragged me along to see them bleary eyed and hung over. They gave an amazing performance for breakfast.”
The band met Yorke and Godrich briefly after their set, and over the next few weeks, Godrich popped up at their shows in London and Paris, eventually proposing to Here We Go Magic that he might lend a hand with their next recording, and so he did.
Despite an incubation period of nearly a year, and a writing process that spanned two continents, the nine songs of A Different Ship carry a consistent thematic concern — what the band describes as an “unresolved tension between valuing being alone and valuing being connected.”