M Ward Surprise Releases New Album "What a Wonderful Industry" Today
Music News- M Ward surprised fans with an instant release today, to coincide a North American tour which kicked off last night in Philadelphia. What A Wonderful Industry is the lauded singer/songwriter's follow up to 2016's acclaimed More Rain .
Ward, whose last album release was Christmas Party with his She & Him cohort Zooey Deschanel, says of What A Wonderful Industry : "This is a record inspired by people in the industry I have known - heroes and villains in equal measure. There's some beautiful moments when you travel for a living, and I'm grateful for being part of an industry that's taken me around the world so many times - but you quickly learn there's a perfectly imperfect balance of cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals in the zoo. This record visits the most memorable characters. There's a lot of very inspirational people I've had the pleasure to work with but there are also a few I wish I'd never met. It all tragically ends with an imaginary Griffin Mill-inspired murder ballad."
The album was recorded in Portland, OR and produced by M. Ward. Engineered by Mike Coykendall and Adam Selzer . It was mixed by Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Cass McCombs). Ward's friend, and Monsters Of Folk musical compadre, Jim James is featured on two tracks, " Miracle Man" and " Bobby ".
Says Ward, "This album is a reminder to keep your friends close, your enemies closer and don't let the ones that just need an extra couple hours of therapy bring you down. Anyway I hope you like it. All names have been changed to protect the innocent."
M Ward is currently on tour and can be seen around the country, including at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on June 13th , the 9:30 Club in DC on June 16th and two nights at McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre in his adopted hometown of Portland, OR on June 22nd and 23rd. (All dates below)
What A Wonderful Industry Tracklist:
Sit Around the House
Kind of Human
A Mind Is the Worst Thing to Waste
Return to Neptune's Net
War & Peace
Bobby* *featuring Jim James
M Ward 2018 Tour Dates-
June 8 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall *
June 9 - Burlington, VT - The Green at Shelburne Museum *
June 10 - Portland, ME - State Theatre *
June 12 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre *
June 13 - Brooklyn, NY - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival *
June 15 - Bethlehem, PA - MusikFest Cafe at ArtsQuest Center
June 16 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
June 18 - Calgary, AB - Bella Concert Hall
June 20 - Vancouver, BC - The Imperial
June 21 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre *
June 22 - Portland, OR - McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre *
June 23 - Portland, OR - McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre *
July 1 - San Francisco, CA - Stern Grove Festival #
July 8 - Quebec City, QC - Festival d'été de Québec !
July 10 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest ^
July 11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
July 13 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
July 14 - Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theatre
July 15 - Portsmouth, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival
*supporting The Decemberists
# w/ Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
! w/ Shawn Mendes, The War on Drugs, Frank Turner and more