• Having It All out 6/9/15 on Tiny Engines
• Song Premieres on The Fader + Stereogum + Absolute Punk
• RIYL: Nada Surf, The Sidekicks, Japandroids, Tokyo Police Club, Death Cab For Cutie
Tiny Engines is set to release Having It All, the third full-length from Kent, Ohio's Annabel. The new album was produced by Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It.. Digital/CD release date is 6/9/15. Vinyl will ship in July. Pre-Orders are now available. Digital pre-order on Bandcamp or iTunes. The band is heading out with The Appleseed Cast, Dikembe and Dads in support of the new record in July. Dates listed below.
You can now hear Having It All in full exclusively on The AV Club. Previous songs premiered on Absolute Punk, The Fader and Stereogum. The track "Everything" was also featured/reviewed on Pitchfork and Half Cloth.
It’s a record that deals in life’s big decisions through even bigger guitars... - The AV Club
In a fitting valediction for a song that's both humble, populist and aspirational in the tradition of emotive, Midwestern indie rock, Hendricks offers, "Not everything should need to have a meaning/ And not every second counts." It's not negative or cynical. It's a cry of freedom, of allowing life to happen on its own terms and finding meaning as it comes. - Pitchfork
The hallmarks pulse through their music: jangling guitars, lingering syllables, trembling drums, crunching tones that swirl upward and finally settle. You can hear all of that in “Everything,” the first single from the band’s upcoming third album, Having It All, which Into It. Over It.’s Evan Weiss produced. It’s the kind of song-cyclone that emotionally decimates, its grand yearning stirring up memories you thought you’d outlived. When the amp buzz finally quits at the end, you’re leveled — and it’s completely exhilarating. - Stereogum
At three minutes and 30 seconds, the song has space to move around, and the band’s singular grasp on songcraft means that a late-developing grower of a bridge pays off with a final, striking quiet/loud climax, one that features an even more flexible vocal performance from Hendricks, who adds a bit of warm rasp whenever the surroundings are quiet enough. It takes a real sense of balance and taste to be both the thinking-person’s indie-pop act and a group that grasps the easy-going pleasures of, say, Tokyo Police Club or Jimmy Eat World. More than any band in their broad milieu, you get the sense that you can trust Annabel with melodies and hooks and, ultimately, ideas. - Half Cloth
Having It All follows up numerous releases from the band on the Count Your Lucky Stars label. Also, Annabel previously released their 2010 EP, Here We Are Tomorrow, on Tiny Engines. You can currently stream the entire Annabel discography on Bandcamp. Also, check out an in-depth interview with Annabel from the Summer of 2014 on Half Cloth.
On appearances alone, Akron, Ohio’s Annabel could be any modest midwestern rock band—scrawny, bespectacled, with grins as permanent as their tattoos. A similar innocence might be perceived in their songs, in guitars that jingle and a bass that romps puppy-like, in vocals that compete with the music like a little brother for attention. But subsequent listens will reveal Annabel to be a band whose elements tangle into something complex and complete. Indeed, Having It All feels orchestral at times, with guitars that intertwine and sometimes collapse into harmonic hums. The sticky chords on “The Fortunate Ones,” for example, are wrenched around by a stubborn drumbeat until a quiet chorus, during which singer Ben Hendricks warbles beneath the thrumming rhythm and whispering organ; toward the end, though, that quiet chorus rises into a roar during which melody burns white hot and the instruments, indistinguishable, melt into a pummeling progression. At no point does this complexity weigh the album down; instead, Annabel’s third full-length (and first with Tiny Engines since 2010’s Here We Are Tomorrow) feels joyful. The toms on “The Importance of Disappointment” bob with a rubber bounce, skip beneath guitars that spiral and spin like melodic mandalas. Even songs like the distant “Days In Between” and “How To: A Self-Help Guide,” whose acoustic strokes chop through spectral wisps, don’t sound like sad songs; instead, they serve as breathers, counterbalance the songs that seem breathless. This busyness doesn’t make Annabel any less modest; their music still possesses some pastoral, midwestern appeal. It’s just that their seeming simplicity, however sweet, may be more plentiful than it appears.
JUN 09 - Cleveland, OH @ Dag House
JUL 16 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 17 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 18 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 19 - Madison, WI @ Frequency w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 21 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 22 - Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 24 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 25 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 26 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 27 - Boston, MA @ @ Great Scott w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 28 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 30 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
JUL 31 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat's Cradle w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
AUG 01 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight w/ Appleseed Cast, Dads
AUG 03 - Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 w/ Appleseed Cast, Dikembe
AUG 04 - Gainesville FL @ Loosey's w/ Appleseed Cast, Dikembe
AUG 05 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar w/ Appleseed Cast, Dikembe
AUG 07 - Miami, FL @ Churchill's w/ Appleseed Cast, Dikembe
AUG 08 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth w/ Appleseed Cast, Dikembe