top of page
  • Writer's pictureezt

New Music From Nick the Knife

Indoor Safari - With Los Straightjackets - Will be His First Record in 11 Years

On September 13, 2024, Yep Roc Records will release Indoor Safari, Nick Lowe’s first full-length album in eleven years. Consisting of twelve songs, including brand new originals, a couple signature deep-cut covers, and refitted versions of tracks previously released in nascent form as singles, the album represents a culmination of Lowe’s decade-long working relationship with those mysterious masked men and Yep Roc labelmates Los Straitjackets (Eddie Angel/guitar; Pete Curry/bass; Chris Sprague/drums; Greg Townson/guitar). Indoor Safari was recorded at various locations and mixed by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Cactus Blossoms) and Lowe at Reliable Recorders in Chicago.

Accompanying today’s announcement, Yep Roc has released the album’s lead track “Went To A Party,” a certified fete-plate of sock hop soul and Lowe’s first official co-write with the Straitjackets.

In the album’s accompanying liner notes, Emmy-winning writer Eli Attie (The West Wing, Billions, The Diplomat) calls Indoor Safari “nothing less than a free-roaming journey through the wilds of recorded sound.” From the bounce and wriggle of “Jet Pac Boomerang,” to the forlorn elegance of “Blue on Blue,” Lowe puts it all down to his collaborators. “The Straitjackets like all kinds of music, and are very good, open-minded musicians, apart from being very agreeable people,” he says. “And they also have a sort of punk rock ethos, which, unfortunately, I do too. I've tried to shrug it off so many times, but I just can't get rid of it.”

Today’s news comes amidst a busy summer calendar for Lowe with dates ranging from a run of Canadian shows with longtime compatriot Ron Sexsmith happening now, to a top-billed appearance at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival later this month, a set at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY, and more surprises in store.

Since releasing his last long-player - 2013’s “characteristically great” (New York Magazine) Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for all the Family - Nick Lowe has toured three continents with Los Straitjackets, recording a series of rapid fire singles and EPs along the way. In time-honored fashion, the “master songwriter who never takes himself too seriously” (Rolling Stone) kept fine-tuning those songs and coming up with new ones. With help from Alex Hall “they all sound of a piece” now says Lowe, adding that with the old Straitjacket magic “hey, presto, you’ve got the sauce on it all.”

Nick Lowe Indoor Safari tracklist

Went To A Party (Lowe, Angel, Curry, Sprague, Townson) 2:57

Love Starvation (Lowe) 2:51

Crying Inside (Lowe) 2:55

A Quiet Place (Bell, Meade) 3:13

Blue On Blue (Lowe) 3:38

Jet Pac Boomerang (Lowe) 3:14

Tokyo Bay (Lowe) 2:24

Trombone (Lowe) 4:06

Different Kind of Blue (Lowe) 3:34

Raincoat In The River (Schroeder, Kaye) 3:00

Lay It On Me Baby (Lowe) 2:51

Don’t Be Nice To Me (Lowe) 2:55

Nick Lowe (solo) with Ron Sexsmith: 

June 12 - Bella Concert Hall - Calgary, AB, Canada

June 13 - Festival Place - Sherwood Park, AB, Canada

June 15 - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MB, Canada

June 17 - The Bronson Centre - Ottawa, ON, Canada

Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets:

June 20 - Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA

June 21 - Stone Mountain Arts Center - Brownfield, ME

June 22 - Infinity Hall - Hartford, CT

June 23 - Levon Helm Studios - Woodstock, NY

June 25 - Tarrytown Theatre - Tarrytown, NY

June 26 - Landmark on Main Street - Port Washington, NY

June 28 - The Palace Theatre - Manchester, NH

June 29 - Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival - North Adams, MA

June 30 - Concerts Under the Stars - King of Prussia, PA


bottom of page