Preoccupations Share “Death of Melody”

The second single off of Canada’s Preoccupations forthcoming fourth studio LP Arrangements, “Death of Melody” throws you inside a tumbling, six-sided reverb tank filled with shape-shifting shoegaze haze. It recalls the martial, machine-like rhythms of the band’s 2015 full length, eventually descending into a deeper level of avant pop, a shimmery mine of dystopian glam. The song was preceded by the lead single “Ricochet.”

“It’s about having a song stuck in your head, and having no idea what it is, and driving yourself to the brink of dementia trying to figure out what it is” explains Flegel, “It’s about knowing and forgetting, existing in the middle ground between the permanent and temporary.”

Arrangements begins with the pounding metallic slash of guitar strings of “Fix Bayonets!”. It’s harsh and desolate at first but builds into a thrilling synth sprint. The track —from its call-to-arms title and tense first guitar phrases to its whirlwind evolution— sets the stage for what is to come: a Preoccupations record that weaves their guitar-heavy origins with their newer synth-based work. The result is Arrangements, a record that is at once the band’s most intense, engaging, and playful work yet.

Preoccupations are known for their truly transformative live shows and will be hitting North America in support of the new album. All dates are listed below, and tickets can be purchased here.



Oct 19th – Loving Touch – Detroit, MI

Oct 20th – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH

Oct 21st – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL

Oct 22nd – Racoon Motel- Davenport, IA

Oct 23rd – Turf Club in St. Paul – Minneapolis, MN

Oct 26th – Commonwealth – Calgary, AB

Oct 28th – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA

Oct 29th – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC

Oct 30th – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

Nov 2nd – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA

Nov 4th – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

Nov 5th – Valley – Phoenix, AZ

Nov 8th – Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX

Nov 9th –  Parish – Austin, TX

Nov 10th – Three Links – Dallas, TX

Nov 12th – Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA

Nov 16th – DC9 – Washington, DC

Nov 17th – Johnny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA

Nov 18th Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

Nov 19th – Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT

Nov 21st –  The Sinclair – Boston, MA

Nov 22nd – Bar Le Ritz – Montreal, QC

Nov 24th – Lee’s – Toronto, ON