PHYSICAL & DIGITAL OUT NOW VIA COLUMBIA RECORDS; PURCHASE HERE
LOLLAPALOOZA AND AUGUST US TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
“What Do You Think About The Car? isn’t just a batch of good songs — it’s a powerful, clever album.” – NPR Music
“Upbeat pop coupled with whip-smart lyrics” – GQ
“Declan McKenna delivers precocious, purposeful pop on long-awaited debut album.”
– New York Daily News
“…Hertforshire-raised singer-songwriter has been hailed as a Bob Dylan for today’s teens…”
– The Sunday Times
“Sun-soaked protest songs” – The Guardian
Alternative, singer/songwriter and activist, Declan McKenna’s debut album What Do You Think About The Car? is out now via Columbia Records. Following rapturously received performances at Glastonbury and Latitude, the 18 year old Brit is very proud to release his first collection of socially aware, melody-heavy indie pop songs. Topics include transgendered youth, right leaning television news, corruption, religion and the frustration of being a young person in the modern world.
The album is available digitally here: smarturl.it/CarDL. Fans can purchase the physical album here: http://smarturl.it/DeclanShop. NPR Music recently featured the album as a First Listen with NPR Music’s Bob Boilen noting, “Declan McKenna writes about a much bigger world than you or I might expect from a singer who only recently turned 18.”
Declan received praise from The New York Times, including his current single, “Humongous” in their weekly playlist here. The Times described Declan’s music as “a strong throwback streak, from his reedy John Lennon-Liam Gallagher vocals to his melodic, midtempo guitar-strumming Britpop productions.” The album also received strong reviews from UK’s Q, The Guardian, DIY and DORK.
Declan will head to the US in August for Lollapalooza and various headlining dates including one of the last shows at the famed Webster Hall in New York as well as Chicago and Boston. Tickets are on sale now; please see a full list of dates below.
What Do You Think About The Car? is the follow up to Declan’s EP Liar released last May. The full-length album was recorded in London and LA alongside renowned producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (Depeche Mode, Arctic Monkeys). The song “Listen To Your Friends” was produced by Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend; the track, “Paracetamol” was produced by Neil Comber; and “Brazil” was produced by Max Marlow. Declan, an adept songwriter and multi-instrumentalist wrote all of the songs and co-wrote “Listen To Your Friends” on the 11-track LP. See below for full tracklist.
What Do You Think About The Car? Tracklist:
The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home
Make Me Your Queen
I Am Everyone Else
Why Do You Feel So Down
Listen To Your Friends
Declan McKenna Tour Dates
Y Not Festival
New York, NY
Studio @ Webster Hall
Niagara Falls, NY
Montage Music Hall
Festival Cabaret Very
Declan was raised in Hertfordshire UK, a multi-instrumentalist by the time he was a teenager, he began releasing tracks on his bandcamp page when “Brazil” began to attract viral followers in January 2015. He’s since performed at Glastonbury, Field Day, Latitude, Outside Lands and SXSW among other festivals and has opened for acts such as The Head and the Heart. Declan made his US television debut on CONAN and later performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
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