New Handsome Furs – “I’m Confused” (Stereogum Premiere)

At the end of September Handsome Furs performed a couple Face Control tracks — “Legal Tender” and “Thy Will Be Done” — on the University of Minnesota’s Radio K. At the time, that’s all we had from the Plague Park followup. Now we can offer the studio version of “I’m Confused,” the album art, and can tell you the 12-song collection was was recorded and mixed by Wolf Parader Arlen Thompson at Mount Zoomer and was mastered by Harris Newman at Hotel2Tango. Also, Sub Pop explains the themes behind Dan and Alexei’s second album:

[Face Control] draws inspiration from Eastern Europe and re-maps Eastern Bloc surveillance state themes to contemporary life and the irony of our acceptance and embrace of self-monitoring, through blogs and facebooks and myspaces and credit/debit accounts and surveillance cameras and GPS devices.

Start decoding with “I’m Confused,” one of the biggest rockers.

Handsome Furs – “I’m Confused” (MP3)

Face Control is out 3/10 via Sub Pop. This is the band’s watchdog:

You can see the love birds live, including on Valentine’s Day in France.

02/09 – Berlin, Germany @ Bang Bang Club
02/11 – Paris, France @ Point Ephemere (Super Festival)
02/12 – Besançon, France @ Le Cylindre (Generiq Festival)
02/13 – Dijon, France @ Le Vapeur (Generiq Festival)
02/14 – Belfort, France @ La Poudrière (Generiq Festival)
02/15 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Abart (Generiq Festival)
02/17 – Brescia, Italy @ Lio Bar
02/18 – Milan, Italy @ La Casa 139
02/19 – Bologna, Italy @ Lokomotiv
02/20 – Rome, Italy @ Traffic (Generiq Festival)
02/21 – St. Malo, France @ Route du Rock Winder Edition Festival
03/12 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
03/13 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
03/14 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
03/15 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
03/16 – St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
03/17 – Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
03/20 – Austin, TX @ Club Deville
03/21 – Dallas, TX @ The Loft
03/23 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
03/25 – Fargo, ND @ Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
03/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
03/27 – Ames, IA @ Maintenance Shop
03/28 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
03/30 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
04/01 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
04/02 – Syracuse, NY @ Spark Art Space

[Band photo by Liam Maloney]