Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Announce New Album Temple, Tour Dates

Thao Nguyen has also shared the LP's title track as the lead single

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Temple Single Album Tour Dates
Thao Nguyen, photo by Shane McCauley

    Oakland-based alternative outfit Thao & The Get Down Stay Down have announced their sixth studio album, Temple. It’s due out May 15th via Ribbon Music. In anticipation, the band has shared the self-titled single, along with a healthy run of tour dates.

    Following 2016’s A Man Alive, the new LP finds frontwoman Thao Nguyen taking on a producing role for the first time, working alongside bandmate Adam Thompson. It also finds the band leader at her most vulnerably honest. According to a press release, Nguyen almost skipped making a new full-length altogether, feeling that rock music no longer felt right. However, she found motivation to craft the collection by giving her space to be herself, bringing her queer identity to the forefront for the first time. It’s a subject she’d long been quiet about in her music for fear of being alienated by her family and culture.

    Now, having recently married her girlfriend, the singer is fully embracing her truth. In a press statement, she shared,

    “I have divided myself into so many selves. I am nervous, but hopeful that in belonging to myself, I can still belong to my family, and my Vietnamese community, especially the elders. I believe that shame has made my work more general, when I’ve always wanted to be specific. This record is about me finally being specific. If you listen to my music, I want you to know who you are dealing with.”


    On the title track, the band blends smooth sheen synths with punchy drums and an almost old Western guitar lick. The mixture exudes something both sweet and uneasy as Nguyen unfolds her haunting history with the opening lines, “I lost my city in the light of day/ Thick smoke, helicopter blades, heaven and earth/ I’ve never moved so fast.”

    The new song comes paired with a music video directed by Jonny Look, featuring choreography by Erin S. Murray. Watch the full thing ahead.

    Following the full album release, Nguyen and her band will be heading out on a lengthy run of North American tour dates. Performances kick off on June 17th in Tacoma, Washington before moving down the West Coast through Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Further stops include Chicago, Nashville, Cincinnati, Toronto, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, and Oklahoma City, closing out on August 11th in Salt Lake City.

    Tickets go on sale starting Friday, March 13th via Ticketmaster, after which you can check here.

    Pre-orders for Temple, including pale-pink vinyl offerings, are up and running now. If you’re looking for some extra special merch, there’s also a limited edition “Temple Food Desert Kit,” which involves chè, a tri-colored rice pudding with toasted coconut and cashews. The dish is prepared by chef Diep Tran, and proceeds from the delicious kits go to Alma Backyard Farms, a non-profit focused on urban farming and creating new opportunities for formerly incarcerated people and disenfranchised communities in the LA area.


    Check out Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s full tour itinerary below, along with the Temple album artwork and tracklist.

    Thao & The Get Down Stay Down 2020 Tour Dates:
    04/08 – Eugene, OR @ Sessions Music Hall
    06/17 – Tacoma, WA @ Alma Mater
    06/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
    06/19 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
    06/20 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
    06/22 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
    06/24 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
    06/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
    06/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
    06/27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
    07/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
    07/16 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
    07/18 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
    07/19 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
    07/21 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater
    07/22 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
    07/23 – Toronto, ON @ Longboat Hall
    07/24 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom
    07/25 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
    07/28 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
    07/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
    07/30 – Washington, DC@ 9:30 Club
    07/31 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
    08/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
    08/02 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
    08/04 – Houston, TX @ Studio at Warehouse Live
    08/05 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
    08/06 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
    08/07 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre
    08/08 – Kansas City, MO @ Grinders at XRDS
    08/10 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
    08/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room

    Temple Artwork: 

    thao get down stay down temple album cover artwork

    Temple Tracklist:
    01. Temple
    02. Phenom
    03. Lion on the Hunt
    04. Pure Cinema
    05. Marauders
    06. How Could I
    07. Disclaim
    08. Rational Animal
    09. I’ve Got Something
    10. Marrow

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