Following the success of their 2015 debut album, Nothing But The Silence – which has racked up more than 10 million cumulative streams worldwide – Striking Matches return with Shameless, set for release on September 22 via Capitol Records. The four original songs, produced by Kennedy Karate (Børns), will give fans a taste of the duo’s forthcoming album, which is due out in 2018.
Striking Matches said, “Our new music originates from the two years we spent on the road touring our first album. During that time, we changed as musicians, and as people. Out of it came the need to create something that felt sonically unique to us. Pushing ourselves as creators was terrifying and exhilarating, but ultimately necessary. We hope it inspires our listeners to step outside of what is comfortable, in order to progress. With this new music, we needed to be honest, we needed to be brave, and we needed to be shameless.”
The duo – comprising Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis – will be joining JOHNNYSWIM on the “Take The World Tour,” which launches on September 19 in Amsterdam. The North American leg kicks off at The Fillmore in San Francisco on October 18. It includes a show at the Novo in Los Angeles (October 19) and a two-night stand and New York City’s Irving Plaza (November 6 & 7). See below for itinerary.
Zimmermann grew up outside Philadelphia and had mastered the clarinet, violin and guitar before middle school. Davis, who is from Atlanta, began playing guitar at an early age, inspired by the music he heard at home – Sam Cooke, Petula Clark, Eric Clapton, Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Steely Dan. The two began working together when a professor at Belmont University in Nashville paired them up for class projects. Soon they were penning originals together. Nine of their songs were performed in the first four seasons of the hit television show “Nashville.” In addition to numerous headline outings, Striking Matches have opened for Train and toured the U.S. with The Secret Sisters on a co-headline tour.
Shameless– Track Listing