SOHN has kick-started 2017 with a brand new single ‘Hard Liquor’, the bold and soulful opening track from his imminent second album Rennen (released on January 13th).
A gutsy song to follow previous Rennen singles ‘Signal’, ‘Conrad’ and title track ‘Rennen’, its slick black and white companion video, created by Jovan Todorovic and shot in Belgrade, Serbia can now be viewed below.
“Hard Liquor has always felt like a really bold song for me to put out as SOHN… I wrote it with Sam Dew, a really talented friend of mine, and Sam also appears in the background vocals. Originally I had imagined Sam singing it - he has this incredibly soulful voice - and that gave me a certain lyrical and melodic freedom that I never imagined coming out of my mouth. It ended up being a blueprint for the whole album and resulted in the entire record feeling very direct and free.”
Ahead of the album release and his European touring which starts next month (see below), SOHN will make his US TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! next week and has also just been announced as one of the performers at Coachella this spring, where he'll perform at both weekends of the festival.
For his follow-up to 2014's debut Tremors, London-born SOHN has traded Vienna for the warmth of Los Angeles, but the influence of his former home still lingers (Rennen is a German verb meaning 'to run'). Resuming a nocturnal schedule - as he did with Tremors - SOHN spent a month writing alone in northern California, recording until the morning. An exercise in restraint, SOHN used only a handful of musical elements on each track, allowing the spotlight to shine on the vocals, melodies and rhythms.
SOHN's European tour begins next month on February 13 from his former home city of Vienna. He headlines London's Electric Brixton on March 1.
SOHN 2017 TOUR DATES
13 February – VIENNA, Arena
14 February – MUNICH, Technikum
15 February – MILAN, Magnolia
16 February – GRAZ, PPC
17 February – BERLIN, Astra Kulturhaus
18 February – COLOGNE, Kantine
20 February – STOCKHOLM, Debaser Strand
21 February – OSLO, Parkteatret
22 February – COPENHAGEN, DR Koncerthuset (Studio 2)
23 February – HAMBURG, MOJO
25 February – AMSTERDAM, Melkweg
26 February – BRUSSELS, Botanique
27 February – PARIS, La Maroquinerie
1 March – LONDON, Electric Brixton