Local (and, increasingly, regional and national) Folk sensations The Tillers have announced their next album will be released through SofaBurn Records, the prolific Northern Kentucky-based label that has been steadily releasing top-notch recordings by some of Greater Cincinnati’s finest (among other acts) to a national audience.
The Tillers’ self-titled full-length is slated for a March 23 release; that same day, the quartet begins a tour in support of the album in Columbus, Ohio, which includes a hometown Southgate House Revival “release party” date (March 24) and shows and festival appearances in Chicago, St. Louis, Wisconsin, Texas and beyond.
In the press release for the new album announcement, singer/guitarist/songwriter Sean Geil calls the album more “aggressive” than the band’s previous recorded output.
“At our core we are still a traditionally rooted string band,” he says, “but I’d say our Punk Rock roots are more visible on this album.”
The eponymous LP includes nine originals and a timely cover of Woody Guthrie’s “All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose,” with a few updated lyrics to reflect current events (“Race hatred cannot break us, better learn it quick, our children won’t be sold your poison rhetoric, you’re bound to lose”). The album also marks the first Tillers release since the group expanded from a trio with the addition of Joe Macheret on fiddle.
The Tillers — including a special orange-vinyl edition — can be preordered now here.
Listen below to the album’s first single, “Revolution Row,” which was debuted this past weekend through Roots Music bible No Depression.