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The Districts announce new album ‘You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere’

The Districts have announced details of a new album. The band, last seen with third album ‘Popular Manipulations’ in 2017, will release ‘You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere’ on 13th March 2020.

They’ve also shared a track from the record, ‘Hey Jo’.

“This song is about relationships unfurling amidst the dysphoria of the modern world,” says the band’s Rob Grote. “We are all imperfect products of the natural world, and more specifically products of our own minds. This song was inspired by navigating how to be your best self and detach from what is destructive in you, to be something more perfect, gentle, and beautiful.”

‘Hey Jo’ from The Districts 4th album ‘You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere’ In stores March 13th, 2020 on Fat Possum Records

The Districts have graced us with another thunderous single off their upcoming album Popular Manipulations.

Rob Grote from the band says, “Lyrically, ‘Violet,’ deals with ideas of possessiveness, intimacy, sex, dependency, and how they’re used manipulatively. Kind of a look at how these things can be beautiful but are also used as devices, usually unconsciously which is the somewhat terrifying part. There is a pervasive thing throughout a lot of classic and modern popular music where ideas of ‘needing’ and referring to a romantic partner with a tone of ownership are normal and poignant lyrical topics. This song was using those same ideas but observing the strangeness in them, rather than celebrating them. Structurally the song reflects that strangeness by restraining and exploding somewhat irregularly.”

Next week, The Districts continue their world tour in support of Popular Manipulations, with a show supporting Ryan Adams and a stop at Lollapalooza. They follow that up with a string of Midwestern and Northeastern dates including a pair of shows with My Morning Jacket. After that, they kick off a European tour at Reading and Leeds Festivals.


In September 2012, a high-school rock band from Lititz, Pennsylvania, called The Districts took to the stage at World Cafe Live in Wilmington, Delaware, as part of a local battle of the bands competition.

The band took first place in the competition,  “The impressive, young band channeled the rock-and-soul vibe of Cold War Kids and Spoon; singer Rob Grote’s searing voice cut across the concert hall, blending with the band’s smartly-arranged instrumental interplay. They do the very Pixies loud-quiet-LOUD thing, but in a more textured way than simply turning their overdrive pedals on and off. A thundering swell cuts, leaving a clean guitar arpeggio floating in space as Grote catches his breath; the verses build in waves, with the heaviness sometimes derived just from Braden Lawrence’s drums. Grote is an intense, emphatic, occasionally bewildering stage presence – he kicks, stomps and snarls, both at the mic and far away – and the entire band hold their own, shuffling and bobbing and giving the overall band a dynamic stage presence.”
Since that night in Delaware five years ago, The Districts have built their growing fan base on exactly the kind of dynamic energy described above. This energy, powered by lead singer Rob Grote’s charisma and emotionally riveting performances, was fantastically captured in a HotBox session of “Funeral Beds,” in 2012, and the band haven’t looked back since.

By 2014, The Districts had become one of Philadelphia’s best new bands, and toured incessantly. They moved to Philly and released their second album, “A Flourish And A Spoil”, in 2015. After the release of Flourish, Grote and the band started working on new music, and have kept busy with local side projects including the fuzzed out punk-garage Straw Hats (featuring Districts’ Grote and drummer Braden Lawrence) and the occasional solo show by Grote. 

So its a new song by The Districts, “Ordinary Day.” The band is putting the finishing touches on a new album due out later this year. “Ordinary Day” is the first chapter of a new book in the band’s creative growth. In well-crafted Beatles-esque fashion, the song leads with a left jab, seducing you with its soft open, only to land a quick right hook.