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A deeply personal album for bandleader Rob Grote – all of the songs were written in his bedroom as a means of coping with struggles he was facing at the time with no intention of them putting them on a record. He wound up with 32 songs during that writing session, of which he and the band chose the 11 featured on the new record. The new album was produced by the band and frequent collaborator Keith Abrams, and mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Spoon, MGMT, Tame Impala).

You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere is born into the world . I’m so super proud of this record. It feels like we’ve come full circle in a sense from where we began. We started this thing with ambition, attitude, and no clue what we were doing. It was always just feeling our way through the dark. From being a bunch of young kids thinking we were gonna “make it,” to feeling like we definitely weren’t, to not giving a fuck either way, I’m super lucky to have continued creating waves of sound with my favourite people forever. A depth of understanding and consistently always having each other’s backs has been the through-line of it all. This record is a departure and return, a paradox like the many lives we’re always trying to reconcile as one, and it feels amazing that you can hear it all today. I hope you feel something in it that is yours as much as it is ours. Birthed from the ether of imagination and now in physical form, we present to you, YKINGA! Thank you so much to everyone involved and everyone who’s ever believed in us. I hope it keeps you company through the madness of the world and when it all gets to be too much, you can turn to it and escape.

“Through the Smoke” American High Records Released on: 2021-01-15

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A deeply personal album for bandleader Rob Grote – all of the songs were written in his bedroom as a means of coping with struggles he was facing at the time with no intention of them putting them on a record. He wound up with 32 songs during that writing session, of which he and the band chose the 11 featured on the new record. The new album was produced by the band and frequent collaborator Keith Abrams, and mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Spoon, MGMT, Tame Impala).

Rob has said: “You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere” is born into the world today. I’m so super proud of this record. It feels like we’ve come full circle in a sense from where we began. We started this thing with ambition, attitude, and no clue what we were doing. It was always just feeling our way through the dark. From being a bunch of young kids thinking we were gonna “make it,” to feeling like we definitely weren’t, to not giving a fuck either way, I’m super lucky to have continued creating waves of sound with my favorite people forever. A depth of understanding and consistently always having each other’s backs has been the throughline of it all. This record is a departure and return, a paradox like the many lives we’re always trying to reconcile as one, and it feels amazing that you can hear it all today. I hope you feel something in it that is yours as much as it is ours.

Birthed from the ether of imagination and now in physical form, we present to you, You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere Thank you so much to everyone involved and everyone who’s ever believed in us. I hope it keeps you company through the madness of the world and when it all gets to be too much, you can turn to it and escape.

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

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Early one morning back in August, while he was in Chicago for Lollapalooza, Rob Grote from The Districts woke up early, shook off the cobwebs, and made his way to the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. While the city woke up and began to stir below, Grote tooled around with an acoustic guitar, working his way through a couple of tracks from Popular Manipulations, the Philly group’s third LP, for the latest installment in Original Tracks, our video series in partnership with Original Penguin. The latest installment is from The Districts, performing tracks from their Fat Possum debut, “Popular Manipulations.”

While that record is firmly rooted in the brand of local-hero power-pop perfected by Big Star, in the gloam of the Chicago summer morning, Grote’s voice shifts into a high-lonesome wail, imbuing his songs with an added level of sweet sadness. That’s the case in “Violet,” and it’s true of Popular Manipulations’s “Ordinary Day,” too. FLOOD magazine, in partnership with Original Penguin, have created Original Tracks: a special video series showcasing performances from some of the most original up-and-comers in the music world. The latest installment is from The Districts, performing a cover of Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why,” from “After the Gold Rush.”

Of course, anything high and lonesome automatically makes us think of After the Gold Rush, and as a nice little bonus, Grote also gave us a cover of Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why,” that album’s opener. Both it and “Ordinary Day”

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

Once from a small town called Lititz, proclaimed as “America’s coolest small town,” the home to Clair Brothers, a world renowned sound and production company, and Rock Lititz, a sprawling music industry complex where the biggest names go to rehearse, with full production for their tours.

Lititz can also lay claim to The Districts, a four-piece rock band fronted by the charismatic lead singer and guitarist Rob Grote. Grote, along with bassist Connor Jacobus, and drummer Braden Lawrence have known each other since attending grade school together in Lititz, and formed the band when they were at Warwick High school. After self-releasing their 2012 debut Telephone, they moved to Philadelphia, signed with Fat Possum and released 2015’s A Flourish And A Spoil. (Guitarist Pat Cassidy joined the band in the summer of 2014.).

The band have released their new album this week  Popular Manipulations. Its The Districts‘ third full-length, Popular Manipulations, and it’s a significant leap forward for the band. Across 11 songs, fans will notice changes (for the better) in songwriting, technique, production and arrangements. It’s a dense and intense collection of songs that stands tall, with a broad and far-reaching indie-rock lens attached.

Throughout the record, Grote singing in a low register and employing a series of vocal gymnastics. A swirl of heavy psychedelic rock sets the foundation for many of these songs, but the arrangements on “Airplane,” “Salt” and “Why Would I Wanna Be” demonstrate a level of craftsmanship that hasn’t always been there in the past.

The Districts worked with producer John Congleton on a few songs (he also produced their earlier EP A Flourish And A Spoil, and self-produced the balance of the record with engineer Keith Abrams.  Zoe Reynolds of Kississippi  adds vocals on two of the album’s best songs “Violet” and “Point” .

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Popular Manipulations is a powerful and punchy set of songs by a group of men whose talent has finally caught up to its ambition. It demands and commands your attention.

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Released August 11th, 2017

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.

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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.

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