Next month, Owen Ashworth is releasing a new Advance Base song, Animal Companionship. We’ve heard two tracks from it already, “True Love Death Dream” and “Dolores & Kimberly,” and today Ashworth is sharing a third. The album’s about a lot of things, as we talked about in an interview, but one of its main thematic through-lines is dogs and what their presence in our lives can mean to us.
Ashworth says that he’s a cat person, but “Your Dog” is about heading down to a dog park and seeing how the other half of pet owners live. And, in true fashion, that leads to some small-scale life revelations that Advance Base’s minimal piano instrumentation make feel monumental. “Your Dog” in particular features a charismatic dog named Walter, who flips and barks and feels like any dog you might see in passing. “Bark, bark,” Ashworth sings in the coda. “Hey there, Walter/ Bark bark.” It’s as emotional a bark as I’ve ever heard in a song.
Listen below, alongside a compilation of fan-submitted dog pics.
09/23 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s Locker Room *
09/24 Toronto, ON @ The Baby G*
09/25 Rochester, NY @ Small World Books *
09/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *+
09/27 Cambridge, MA @ Atwood’s Tavern *
09/28 Portland, ME @ Apohadion Theater *
09/29 Burlington, VT @ Light Club Lamp Shop *
09/30 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB *
10/01 Greenfield, MA @ Root Cellar Bar *
10/02 Kingston, NY @ BSP *
10/03 Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA *%
10/04 Washington, DC @ Studio Ga Ga *
10/05 Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar *
10/07 Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon Street *
10/17 Chicago, IL @ The Hideout ~%
10/18 Iowa City, IA @ PS1 %
10/19 Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers %
10/20 Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag %
10/21 Fargo, ND @ Aquarium %
10/22 Winnipeg, MB @ The Handsome Daughter %
10/23 Grand Forks, ND @ Ojata Records %
10/24 Duluth, MN @ Red Herring %
10/25 Minneapolis, MN @ The Warming House %
10/26 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club %
11/07 Indianapolis, IN @ Square Cat Vinyl
11/08 Louisville, KY @ Surface Noise Records
11/10 Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
11/11 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook =< 11/12 Greenville, SC @ Cabin Floor Records = 11/13 Athens, GA @ The World Famous = 11/15 Lafayette, LA @ Artmosphere 11/16 Galveston, TX @ Galveston Artist Residency < 11/17 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas < 11/18 Denton, TX @ Dan's Silverleaf < 11/21 St Louis, MO @ Foam 12/06 Vancouver, BC @ Wise Lounge >&
12/07 Seattle, WA @ Barboza >
12/08 Anacortes, WA @ Kennelly Keys >
12/09 Portland, OR @ Turn Turn Turn >
12/11 San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah >$
12/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater >£
12/14 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole >?
12/15 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space &?
12/17 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive >?
* w/ Gia Margaret
+ w/ Lina Tullgren
% w/ Friendship
~ w/ Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else
= w/ Greg Jamie
< w/ Moon Racer > w/ Lisa/Liza
& w/ To Bad Catholics
$ w/ Stephen Steinbrink
£ w/ Little Wings
? w/ Karima Walker
Animal Companionship is out 9/21 via Run For Cover/Orindal. Pre-order it here.