Acclaimed indie rock band Sarah Shook & The Disarmers have announced the February 18th release of their highly anticipated third album Nightroamer (Thirty Tigers).
The North Carolina-based quintet has built a reputation for no-frills, honky-tonk-infused rock with a punk spirit. On Nightroamer, the unit expands their sound with pop sensibilities and melodies without sacrificing the unflinching intensity that their fervent fanbase love.
Shook is also a visible, vocal member of communities often relegated to societal margins. Out as bisexual since they were 19, Shook recently came out as nonbinary as well. For Shook, openness about their identity—as well as struggles including depression and addiction—is just as much about self-preservation as it is offering an outstretched hand.
“When I talk about mental health issues, recovery, and addiction, it’s because I feel like life is too short to keep the good things we learn along the way to ourselves,” Shook says. “I think we each have a responsibility to share information that can transform lives in a literal, palpable sense.””
With Shook out front, the group puts on commanding live performances that leave captivated audiences riveted.
Led by Shook on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, The Disarmers are a seasoned powerhouse, featuring Eric Peterson (lead guitar), Aaron Oliva (bass), Jack Foster (drums) and Adam Kurtz (pedal steel).
Produced by Grammy-winner Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam, k.d. lang) Nightroamer is a collection of 10 songs written by Shook that take a hard look at relationships, but do not claim to have one-size-fits-all answers. Infectious album opener “Somebody Else” chronicles a dysfunctional relationship with Shook asking questions by looking inward and looking at the other, while also realizing that the abuser will ultimately find someone new. She empathetically considers that someone and how it might continue.
Shook offers up some wry wit with the acerbic send-off “Please Be A Stranger”, while “I Got This” is punched-up pop bliss. Addiction and depression are addressed with compassion and understanding through the melodic country soul of “It Doesn’t Change Anything”, as omission and regret fuel the roadhouse blues of “No Mistakes”.
One of the highlights on Nightroamer is the mesmerizing “If It’s Poison”. With its blend of 1950’s and psychedelic rock, the song is a romantic throwback filled with warmth and hope.
No stranger to the Nashville music scene, for a taste of Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, check out this clip of them playing The Basement East.
Whether it is her songwriting, her performances or her activism in the LGBTQ community, Sarah Shook is unwavering when it comes to taking chances, being honest, open and even vulnerable. As a group, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers continue to evolve, offering smart, inspiring and sincere music overflowing with passion and integrity, all of which come together on Nightroamer.
Click HERE to pre-order Nightroamer.
SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERS 2022 TOUR DATES
2/18 – Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
2/23 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
2/25-3/3 – Outlaw Country Cruise
3/12 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
3/26 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub
3/27 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
3/28 – Portland, OR – Polaris Hall
3/30 – San Francisco – Bottom of the Hill
3/31 – Menlo Park, CA – The Guild Theater
4/1 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Atrium at the Catalyst
4/2 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer
8/17 – Stockholm, SWE – Fåfängan
8/18 – Oslo, NO – John Dee
8/19 – Falkenberg, SWE – Tryckhallen
8/20 – Kristianstad, SWE – Biljardkompaniet
8/21 – Copenhagen, DK – Ideal Bar
8/23 – London, UK – Omeara
8/24 – Manchester, UK – Night People
8/25 – Glasgow, UK – Hug & Pint
8/26 – Newcastle, UK – The Clunyl
9/4 – Groningen, NL – Der Aa Theater
9/5 – Utrecht, NL – dBs
9/7 – Bilbao, ESP – Kafe Antzokia-Kutxa Beltza
9/8 – Zaragoza, ESP – Rock & Blues Cafe
9/9 – Avilés, ESP – Factoría Cultural
9/10 – Madrid, ESP – Café Berlín
9/11 – Barcelona, ESP – Upload