The New Pornographers debut new video for “Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile” today. Watch HERE. Of the video, director Mitchell deQuilettes says, “I was really drawn towards the idea of an individual being sucked into a larger entity against their own will. And how we all need to become a part of the business system in order to survive. Carl said he wanted dancers and a strange tumbling sequence. This is our weirdo result.”

Frontman and songwriter A.C. Newman says, “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. 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, including dates at Chicago’s Vic TheatreWashington, DC’s 9:30 Club and New York’s Brooklyn Steel, see below for a complete itinerary. Tickets are available for purchase at

“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.’”


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


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

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