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Big Thief Share New Song Certainty

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Josh Goleman

Big Thief have unveiled a new song, Certainty.

The stripped back acoustic track was penned and recorded directly to 4-track during a three-day power outage, with the equipment plugged into a cigarette lighter, according to the band. 

The session took place at singer Sam Evian's Flying Cloud Studios in upstate New York, with harmonies from Hannah Cohen. Guitarist Buck Meek explained the process:

"On the third day of the outage, I found Adrianne on the porch writing a new song, so I sat with her and we finished it together, with the rain falling from the gutters splashing over our guitars.

"James and Sam saw us writing, and quickly set up a four track tape machine in the kitchen, powered by the F250 cigarette lighter out in the yard. They set up the drums by the sink, and Max plugged his bass into a bluetooth speaker set on top of the stove. Take 2 had a great bark from Sam and Hannah's pup Jan during the solo, but we ended up going with take 3 because it took us about that long to learn the chords. Then we made pancakes and sausages and ate breakfast for dinner."

Certainty follows the groups recent singles Little Things and Sparrow. The group will return to the UK and Ireland for shows in early 2022, following a US tour this September. 

Big Thief Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Tue September 07 2021 - LOUISVILLE Kentucky - Headliners Music Hall (USA)
Sat September 11 2021 - ST LOUIS Missouri - Pageant (USA)
Sun September 12 2021 - LAWRENCE Kansas - Liberty Hall (USA)
Tue September 14 2021 - DALLAS Texas - Granada Theater - Dallas (USA)
Wed September 15 2021 - AUSTIN Texas - ACL Live At The Moody Theater (USA)
Fri September 17 2021 - HOUSTON Texas - White Oak Music Hall - Downstairs (USA)
Sat September 18 2021 - NEW ORLEANS Louisiana - Civic Theatre (USA)
Mon September 20 2021 - NASHVILLE Tennessee - Ryman Auditorium (USA)
Tue September 21 2021 - ATLANTA Georgia - Eastern (USA)
Fri September 24 2021 - RICHMOND Virginia - National (USA)
Mon September 27 2021 - BUFFALO New York - Asbury Hall inside Babeville (USA)
Tue September 28 2021 - SOUTH BURLINGTON Vermont - Higher Ground (USA)
Thu September 30 2021 - FLORENCE Massachusetts - Look Park (USA)
Fri October 01 2021 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Union Transfer (USA)
Sat October 02 2021 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Union Transfer (USA)

Thu February 24 2022 - MANCHESTER Manchester Academy
Fri February 25 2022 - GLASGOW Barrowland Ballroom
Sat February 26 2022 - DUBLIN National Stadium
Sun February 27 2022 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Wed March 02 2022 - LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Thu March 03 2022 - LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri March 04 2022 - LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

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