The New Pornographers’ forthcoming new album, In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights, is due September 27 via the band’s own Collected Work Records imprint in partnership with Concord Records. Album art and track list are below, and the record is available for pre-order at In celebration of the upcoming album, the band is premiering the single “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile.” Listen the track and watch a visualizer based on the album art at

“There are so many songs like ‘the something of love’—you know, there’s ‘The Book of Love,’ ‘The Freeway of Love’…Then I thought of ‘falling down the stairs of your love,’ and I thought, that kind of works,” explains New Pornographers frontperson and songwriter A.C. Newman, who also produced the new album. “I think it has that element of how do you deal with the ideas of love and happiness in this world right now? When current events are stressful, that makes a stress on people’s relationships, and you’re trying to figure out how to be happy in this loving relationship in this world that seems ugly at every turn, which is not as easy as it seems. Of course, ‘love’ ultimately morphed into ‘smile,’ but I like the metaphor of love as something that you fall down.”

The band is set to tour North America this fall in support of the new record, kicking off the run of dates in Toronto on August 17. Tickets are available for purchase at The tour includes dates at Chicago’s Vic TheatreWashington, DC’s 9:30 Cluband New York’s Brooklyn Steel, see below for a complete itinerary.

“I was about two-thirds of the way through the record when I began to notice that lyrically so much of it was pointing toward car songs,” notes Newman. “The opening track is ‘You’ll Need a Backseat Driver,’ and that was a metaphor that seemed to be running through other songs, too. Next to the love song, I feel like the car song is one of the most iconic kinds of songs in pop music, from Chuck Berry to the present. There was so much of that throughout it that I started thinking: ‘Oh, no, there’s too many references to cars on this record!’ And then I thought, ‘No, that’s good—people might think it’s a concept album.’”



1. You’ll Need A Backseat Driver

2. The Surprise Knock

3. Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile

4. Colossus Of Rhodes

5. Higher Beams

6. Dreamlike And On The Rush

7. You Won’t Need Those Where You’re Going

8. Need Some Giants

9. Opening Ceremony

10. One Kind Of Solomon

11. Leather On The Seat


August 17                                                   Toronto, ON                                *Danforth Music Hall

September 19                                           Woodstock, NY                                Levon Helm Studios

September 27                                             Madison, WI                                        Majestic Theatre

September 28                                               Urbana, IL                           Pygmalion Music Festival

September 29                                            Columbia, MO                Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival

October 1                                                Minneapolis, MN                                           First Avenue

October 2                                                    Chicago, IL                                                 Vic Theatre

October 3                                                     Detroit, MI                                          Majestic Theatre

November 4                                                Boston, MA                                                         Royale

November 5                                             Washington, DC                                                 9:30 Club

November 7                                               Brooklyn, NY                                           Brooklyn Steel

November 8                                            Philadelphia, PA                                        Union Transfer

November 10                                              Raleigh, NC                                          Lincoln Theatre

November 11                                             Asheville, NC                                        The Orange Peel

November 12                                              Atlanta, GA                                       Variety Playhouse

*Danforth 100th Anniversary Show Series

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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