Brooklyn-based indie pop-duo Haerts have announced a new album and supporting tour. The album, New Compassion, marks the band’s second full length LP and is slated to drop October 5 via Arts & Crafts. Their tour kicks off November 21 in Philadelphia and will hit major North American cities including Boston, New York City, Toronto, and Chicago before concluding in Los Angeles on December 17. Haerts’s New York City date takes place December 4 at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. The band have already released three songs from the new album, “The Way,” “Your Love,” and “No Love for the Wild” in anticipation of the upcoming release. In a press release announcing the new album, Haerts stated that the album is derived from a therapeutic effort to overcome loss that members Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert experienced. It was an opportunity to focus on themselves after a difficult split from their former label, Columbia Records, and come together to explore their transformation as individuals and as a band.
German natives Fabi and Gebert met in Munich and spent a great deal of time collaborating before moving to Brooklyn in 2010 and starting Haerts. Their first two singles, “Wings” and “All the Days,” were met with success. “Wings” was regularly featured on the radio while “All the Days” was dubbed song of the summer by Elle and featured in the 2013 film Carrie. The success of their singles led them to their first EP, Hemiplegia, in 2013 and their 2014 debut self-titled album in 2014. Over the years, Haerts went from a duo to quintet and then back to a duo, exploring their sound along the way and getting a taste of working with a major label like Columbia. Since the split of their bandmates, Fabi and Gebert have returned to where it all started as a duo and are working with indie label Arts & Crafts. With more flexibility and diction over their music and an embracing of transformations, fans should be eager to see what this next chapter holds for Haerts and what creative genius their latest album will bring to the table.
Catch Haerts this December at Rough Trade in Brooklyn in support of their upcoming album, New Compassion. Tickets are on sale now.
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