February 8, 2019
YOUR HEART BREAKS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DRONE BUTCH BLUES OUT 4/19 ON SOFABURN | SHARE LEAD SINGLE + VIDEO “OUR FORBIDDEN COUNTRY” VIA THE 405 | ANNOUNCE PNW TOUR DATES WITH KIMYA DAWSON + LORI GOLDSTON, EAST COAST DATES TBA
“The best songwriters can only aspire to create something this important and Petersen does it with captivating power.”
– The 405
Today, Seattle-based indie rock/folk band Your Heart Breaks announce their new album and share lead single “Our Forbidden Country.” The single is the first offering from the upcoming Drone Butch Blues LP, a queer concept album based off historic and contemporary writings of GLBTQUI authors and front person Clyde Petersen’s interwoven personal narrative. Drone Butch Blues LP is out 4/19 via SofaBurn (vinyl/CD pre-order here).
Yesterday, The 405 exclusively premiered the track and it’s accompanying music video, praising, “With an intricate layer of guitar, strings and, as the album’s title would suggest, a drone, frontperson Clyde Petersen uses ‘Our Forbidden Country’ to explore the secret and forbidden love many queer people must engage in. The lyrics, inspired by the writings of Joan Nestle, paint a vivid portrait of going where one must to find time for love and intimacy.” “Our Forbidden Country” is out now on all streaming platforms.
Drone Butch Blues is a queer concept album based on the writings of historic and contemporary GLBTQI authors. With a focus on stories surrounding queer community, Drone Butch Blues touches on topics of secret and forbidden love, sex with strangers, the lives of hustlers, the impact of AIDS on homosexuals, historic events and rebellion all interwoven with the personal narrative of Clyde Petersen. Striving to examine the contemporary gap between generations of queers and their elders, Petersen turns to written materials to find buried remnants of gay culture and creative vibrant humans, lost to the plague of AIDS. What emerges from this exploration is Drone Butch Blues, the 9th full-length album from a twenty-year career as Your Heart Breaks.
Produced by Karl Blau and engineered by Nicholas Wilbur at The Unknown in Anacortes, Washington, the base of the album is drone. Each track containing it’s own unique drone element, and is then layered with folk instruments. You won’t find any drum sets on Drone Butch Blues. Instead you will discover rhythm in the textures of the strings and pianos. Drone Butch Blues lives somewhere between a memorial service and a queer anthem, trying to encapsulate or understand such a historic loss of a vibrant generation of artists, while celebrating intimate moments shared in queer communities.