‘By Myself’ comes from the band’s highly anticipated forthcoming new album ‘ALMOST FREE’ out 25 January.
Lead singer and guitarist Zac Carper explains the ironically anthemic song (“Well I’m cracking one open with the boys, by myself”), saying, “I called up all my homies to have a drink with me and no one showed up. What a bunch of kooks.”
‘By Myself’ follows ‘Can’t You See’ as the second single released from Almost Free. ‘Can’t You See’ has over 2 million streams on Spotify, was the #1 most-played song on triple j, and is currently #50 on the US Alternative chart.
Almost Free touches on many of the tragedies and irritations of modern life: existential dread, gentrification, the inescapable sway of the super-rich and the self-involved, post-breakup telecommunication, performative wokeness, the loneliness of sobriety or the lack thereof. But through sheer force of imagination and an unchecked joie de vivre, the L.A.-based band manages to turn feeling wrong into something glorious and essential. In the age of joyless self-care, Almost Free makes a brilliant case for being less careful, for living without fear of fucking up, and possibly embracing any incurred damage as a lucky symptom of being alive.
The album sees the band pushing boundaries into new territory and influences while staying true to their unshakable core.
“A lot of the vibe was, ‘Well, why can’t we do that? Why can’t we have horns? Why can’t we have key changes? Why can’t we have a harmonica loop?’,” Zac Carper said. “It was about taking the ceiling off. Having it be limitless. Ain’t no rules.”
Elvis Kuehn added, “Almost Free feels like a step forward for us in a lot of ways. We tried to be true to ourselves and let the music come out naturally, without fear of how people would receive it.”