Eamon McGrath grabs you by the heartstrings with the simple beauty of his intimate, minimalist new single Hold Me Never Let Me Go — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
The latest preview single from the prolific singer-songwriter’s upcoming March 31 full-length A Dizzying Lust, the yearning Hold Me Never Let Me Go — like many songs from the record — was written aboard the high-speed Shinkansen bullet train during an autumn 2022 tour of Japan. While en route to the northern island of Hokkaido, McGrath chronicled the feeling of being thousands of miles from home, being an outsider in a foreign land, and the sensation of always being in a state of coming and going while enduring the perpetuity of touring for a living. McGrath is no stranger to these emotions, having been on the road non-stop since 2007, and having released seven albums this year alone in what is becoming an increasingly staggering and body of work.
The Alberta-raised, Windsor-based artist’s eighth (yes, eighth!) album of 2023, A Dizzying Lust — which arrives March 31 on on Saved By Vinyl and his own Cassettes Records imprint — is a collection of minimalist acoustic folk tracks written and composed while on the road during his 10-month world tour in support of his other 2022 release, the critically acclaimed Bells Of Hope.
Tracked by McGrath alone in Windsor, A Dizzying Lust finds him channeling the frontier spirit of a folk singer alone on the road with an acoustic guitar. His trademark notoriety as a savage rocker is put to the test here as he opts instead for a rare subtle minimalism, focusing his attention on the lyrics and songs. A Dizzying Lust will be released on CD and all streaming platforms, with McGrath taking the songs across Ontario and Europe on tour this spring.
For the resilient and fiercely independent artist, A Dizzying Lust is “an attempt to laugh in the face of all the challenges that have been thrown our way over the last three years,” he says. “These days, it’s a more important time than ever to keep costs low by being as DIY as possible: Not only is it a great time to have a down-to-earth punk rock spirit, but jamming econo is now the only way to keep your career as a musician afloat with rising costs and manufacturing delays.”
Not that anything can stop McGrath. Over the past 15-plus years, he’s relentlessly toured Canada, the U.K., the U.S., Europe, Mexico and Japan. He has released over 25 albums, written two books, scored two films, and cultivated an international audience and a loyal network of fans. His DIY approach has garnered him respect and admiration in the indie-rock and folk communities, as he bridges a gap between genres, composing heartbreakingly beautiful songs that are performed with an honest, intense energy.
In 2022, McGrath resurrected his Cassettes Records imprint to release seven albums of new music on New Years’ Day. The limited vinyl pressings sold out immediately on subsequent 2023 tour dates with The Mahones and Will Hoge. Listen to Hold Me Never Let Me Go above, check out Eamon McGrath’s tour dates and hear more of this music below, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
A DIZZYING LUST TOUR DATES
March 25 – Kingsville, ON @ Kingsville Taphouse
March 30 – Toronto, ON @ The Dakota Tavern
March 31 – Peterborough, ON @ Le Pont Traversé Nogo
April 2 – Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah (matinee)
April 14 – Paris, FR @ Superbieres
April 15 – Paris, FR @ La Bulle
April 17 – Mainz, DE @ Kulturcafé
April 19 – Copenhagen, DK @ Underwerket
April 20 – Groningen, NL @ Podium Verwondering
April 21 – Dortmund, DE @ Bierschinken Festival
April 22 – Vienna, AT @ COCO Bar
April 23 – Feldbach, AT @ Cafe GLAM
April 25 – Klagenfurt, AT @ Wohnzimmer
April 26 – Maribor, SI @ Gramofonoteka
April 27 – Traunstein, DE @ Cafe Festung
April 28 – Salzburg, AT @ NarrenCastl
April 30 – Kassel, DE @ Subterrain im Sanderhaus
May 3 – Antwerp, BE @ Raket ~
May 4 – Brussels, BE @ KFK Hope ~
May 5 – Sankt Wendel, DE @ JJ’s Pub ~
May 6 – Luxembourg, LU @ Bar Vantage ~
May 7 – Celle, DE @ Pub Morlock ~
May 8 – Wałbrzych, PL @ A’Propos Club ~
May 10 – Prague, CZ @ Unijazz ~
May 11 – Berlin, DE @ Artliners ~
May 17 – Windsor, ON @ Phog Lounge *^
May 18 – London, ON @ Palasad Socialbowl *
May 19 – Bracebridge, ON @ Bracebridge Hall *
May 20 – Montreal, QC @ Pouzza Fest *
May 21 – Montreal, QC @ Pouzza Fest *
May 23 – Quebec City, QC @ La Source de la Martiniere *
May 24 – Ottawa, ON @ House of TARG *
May 25 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Le Murdoch *
May 26 – Kingston, ON @ The Mansion *
May 27 – Toronto, ON @ The Bovine *#
~ w/ The Hills Mover
* w/ Crazy Arm
^ w/ Huron Lines
# w/ Dead Broke