Written following a period of unrest within the band, who after embarking upon an intense and ritualistic touring schedule, chance circumstances landed all five members isolated in different parts of rural Scotland. What followed was a period of six months where the band only communicated electronically. “The whole point of ‘We Are all Going To Die’ is to unite people”, Joseph explains. “The lyrics start off very personally but develop into wider humanity; we recruited a bunch of musicians we hadn’t really met before to help with backing vocals when we were recording in the US. The feeling of camaraderie while 20 strangers drunkenly sing “we are all going to die” is completely overwhelming.”
Having taken a couple of years in the wilderness since recording their last collection of EPs, Palomides Vol I and II, Washington Irving travelled to the state of New York to work with Kevin McMahon, famous for his work with Titus Andronicus, Swans and Real Estate, to craft ‘We Are all Going To Die’, amongst a new batch of songs, into something different and far separated from their own country and city.
Echoing the traditional folk song writing of Scotland’s West-coast, and anthemic indie-rock alike, the five-piece’s powerful live form has seen them share tours with contemporaries such as Frightened Rabbit, Runrig and Wintersleep, as well as appearances at T in the Park, Edinburgh Fringe, Hebridean Celtic Festival, The Great Escape and more. November 5th will see them embark upon a full UK tour in support to Titus Andronicus on the dates below.
November Tour Dates
12th Kazimer, Liverpool (w/ Titus Andronicus)
13th Stereo, Glasgow (w/ Titus Andronicus)
14th Beacons Metro Festival, Leeds (w/ Titus Andronicus)
15th Hagglers Corner, Sheffield
16th Bodega Social Club, Nottingham (w/ Titus Andronicus)
22nd The Hanger, Dublin (w/ Titus Andronicus)
23rd Cyprus Avenue, Cork (w/ Titus Andronicus)
24th Rosin Dubh, Galway (w/ Titus Andronicus)
25th Empire Music Hall, Belfast (w/ Titus Andronicus)