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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

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” .


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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Philadelphian indie quartet The Districts have shared a cover of Joy Division’s famous 1980 single, “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”

The band’s cover is accompanied by a series of moving, flashing images of scientists performing ominous experiments. The Districts frontman Rob Grote adds a more animated take on Ian Curtis’ famously strange deadpan vocals while the band turns Joy Division’s jolting post-punk into a warm, indie-rock sound that Districts fans will recognize in an instant.

The Districts recently released a limited edition 7”, “Nighttime Girls” backed by b-side “Soft Auxiliary,” via their Bandcamp page. “Nighttime Girls” is a gritty garage-pop/rock tune, which the band says is “about the allure of escapism and a character’s general preoccupation with shallowness and neon light.”

After touring with Chicago’s Twin Peaks in support of The District’s 2017 LP, Popular Manipulations, they’ll be making a stop at various Festival’s, as well as some additional headlining shows and festivals across the U.K. and Europe.

The band’s latest album, Popular Manipulations resembles a sunset that’s far more than ordinary, the red sky at night before the darkness of the latest hours. It’s an album thats not letting anyone down.”

The Districts cover Joy Division’s classic “Love Will Tear Us Apart” along with moving images.

New single “Soft Auxiliary” is out now! You can purchase the 7″ with this song and “Nighttime Girls” on our Bandcamp.


Thanks to James Paris for doing the artwork and Keith Abrams of Pine Barons for mixing these tracks for us!

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Album release date:9th March 2018

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The Districts a four-piece indie rock band from the small town of Lititz, Pennsylvania. The group formed in 2009 while members Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus, and Braden Lawrence were still in high school. The prolific young band released their first EP, “Kitchen Songs” in 2011, followed by the track “Telephone” , The band released their debut full-length, the following year. The Districts then released a second EP, the more acoustic-leaning While You Were in Honesdale, was released in late 2012 and the band continued to perform regionally. Their mix of jangly indie Americana and blues-inspired rock caught the attention of Mississippi’s Fat Possum Records, who issued the band’s self-titled third EP, which contained three remastered songs from the “Telephone” album along with two newly recorded tracks.


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Two demos recorded over the past bit of time. All proceeds will go to the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council to support their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.


One to Another engineered & mixed by Keith Abrams
Alice recorded in our practice space.
Written and performed by The Districts

The Districts are an American indie rock band originally from Lititz in Pennsylvania,. The group formed in 2009 while members Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus, and Braden Lawrence were all still in high school.

The group self-released two EPs and a full-length album over the course of 2011 and 2012. Late in 2013, after a stint in viral success from a live studio session, The Districts signed with Fat Possum Records releasing an EP early the following year consisting of three remastered tracks from their previous releases and two new songs. By 2014 the group had relocated from Lititz to Philadelphia . In February 2015, the group’s second full-length, A Flourish and a Spoil brought the band attention to the general media. The band mix of jangly indie Americana and blues-inspired rock.  



All sales will be donated to the Standing Rock Medic and Health council.

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Our good friends and local Philadelphia favorites, The Districts, recently played a pop-up show at our headquarters to a intimate crowd of 50 or so fans. We got so many requests for tickets that we had to close the RSVP within an hour of posting about it. The guys played a full set that night and we filmed three songs.

“Hounds, Bold, Heavy Begs”



The Districts met in their hometown of Lititz, Pa., and began making a name for themselves in Philadelphia’s music scene. Coming from a small town, the band members have known one another for most of their lives. “I went to preschool with [frontman] Rob [Grote],” says drummer Braden Lawrence, “but I didn’t talk to him because he stole my blocks or something and I hated him for 10 years.”

Eventually the Districts relocated to Philadelphia and became part of that city’s music scene. Their most recent album, A Flourish and a Spoil, was recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, Minn. “It was awesome,” Grote says of the experience. “We put on some Nirvana and went swimming.”

Now on tour supporting the new album, the Districts visited The Current’s studio for a session with Mary Lucia. Here are some key quotes from the interview:

On the title of their song, “4th and Roebling”:
“It’s right off the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge. We parked there the first time we played in New York a long time ago, and we needed a title for the song.”

On how their van and gear disappeared while on a previous tour:
“We went to the City Museum in East Saint Louis (Ill.), which is an awesome museum but not in an awesome area. We were in a gated lot, but we came out of the City Museum and our van was gone.”

On the Philadelphia music scene:
“I feel like it’s one big music scene with a lot of different little ones in it. But even if you don’t necessarily fit into a certain one, no one really hates on each other too much. Even if you don’t like the music, it’s cool that there’s a lot of bands; everyone’s pretty supportive of it and into it, so that’s cool.”

Songs Performed
“4th and Roebling”
All songs off The Districts’ album, “A Flourish and a Spoil”, out now on Fat Possum Records.

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Philadelphian quartet The Districts are preparing to return to the U.K along with their upcoming album, “Popular Manipulations”on August 11th through Fat Possum Records. So far, they’ve teased us with the full-length trio of new songs “Ordinary Day” , “If Before I Wake” and “Violet”. Today, the rock outfit has unveiled yet another new track, “Salt”.

Taking cues from “If Before I Wake”, the reverberating “Salt” has a glossy sound buoyed by sparkling synths, but with scaled back guitars this time around. Frontman Rob Grote’s soaring vocals rise above the fray with contemplative lyrics like, “Thought you were hopeful/ The last of the glow/ Until you burn out/ Until we burn out.”