|Photo credit: Tyler Jay Hanson L-R: Adam Levin, Casey Harris, Sam Nelson Harris
|X Ambassadors, formed by brothers Sam Nelson Harris and Casey Harris, are back with the release of their anticipated new album, Townie, April 5 via Virgin Music Group (pre-order/pre-save HERE). They are also confirmed to tour the UK in March, kicking off in Birmingham on the 3rd and includes a date at Electric Ballroom in London on 7th March.
The new music follows a move from their Ithaca, New York origins to Brooklyn, an explosive debut album, extensive global touring, huge hits “Unsteady” and “Renegades,” as well as recent work with massive artists such as Lizzo, Rihanna, The Weeknd and SZA, and multiple songs penned for major motion pictures.
Self-produced by the band (Sam Nelson Harris, Casey Harris and Adam Levin), Townie marks a compelling new chapter for X Ambassadors as they return to their upstate New York roots. Across these 12 deeply personal tracks, the group crafts an intricate portrait of their hometown’s most mundane aspects and the community that shaped them.
Today, they also unveil the album’s first single, “No Strings,” alongside an official music video. Filmed in Ithaca, NY, the video was made by their childhood friend Danny Pfeffer with the help of his students at Cornell University. Watch HERE.
Of the track, lead vocalist Sam Nelson Harris shares, “Ithaca is so isolated, and growing up there like Casey and I did we did whatever we could to give ourselves little ways to escape: riding around town aimlessly on our bikes, on city busses, or in our parents cars; getting lost in the woods, getting into whatever trouble we could find, dangling our feet off the edges of waterfalls with our friends, making out with high school crushes on the cold winter night, snot dribbling into each other’s mouths… ways that make you feel like the world is bigger, and like there’s nothing holding you back from getting out there.”
He continues, “As a grown man, I’ve fallen back in love with upstate NY, and I oddly feel blessed to have had something to rally so hard against/fight to escape from as a kid. You can’t hide who you are, and who you are is where you’re from. ‘No Strings’ is an anthem for the lost and hungry—in forgotten cities and towns and townships all over the world—whose restlessness will always burn, and keep the fire in their bellies fed.”
Reflecting on the project as a whole, Sam shares, “A gas station glows in the night, two miles from the Tompkins County line. It cuts through the bleak, winter night like a grotesque, twenty-first century lighthouse. To the east— the college town of Ithaca, NY. To the west, everything else. The air is cold and unforgiving. The landscape every shade of grey and brown on the color-wheel. A couple of teenagers loiter in the parking lot, plotting their escape. Most of them know they won’t ever leave this town, so tonight their escape is a temporary one. Rollies and half-drank liters of Mountain Dew. Grapefruit blunts and chapped lips. Their baggy clothes full of restlessness and longing. This is Townie.”
The new record adds to a renowned career for X Ambassadors, who exploded onto the scene in 2015 with the success of their Platinum-certified debut album, VHS. The record featured singles “Unsteady” and “Renegades,” which have since garnered more than 1.3 billion streams on Spotify and led the band to a three-year long world tour. VHS was followed by ORION (2019), the Belong EP (2020), The Beautiful Liar (2021) and (Eg) (2023), a series of collaborative singles featuring artists such as BRELAND, Teddy Swims & Jac Ross, Medium Build and PAMÉ.
Most recently, the band released “Deep End,” which was written for and featured in the new movie, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The track is just the latest contribution the band has made to major films, with other works including “Torches” (Transformers), “Great Unknown” (The Call of the Wild) and “Sucker for Pain” (Suicide Squad) among others.
|Album artwork TOWNIE TRACK LIST1. Sunoco2. Smoke on the Highway3. Your Town4. I’m Not Really Here5. Rashad6. (first dam)7. Fallout8. Women’s Jeans9. Half-Life10. Follow the Sound of My Voice11. Start A Band12. No Strings X AMBASSADORS CONFIRMED TOUR DATESFebruary 7—Berlin, Germany—Columbia TheaterFebruary 8—Hamburg, Germany—FabrikFebruary 9—Copenhagen, Denmark—PumpehuestFebruary 11—Oslo, Norway—Rockefeller Music HallFebruary 12—Stockholm, Sweden—BernsFebruary 13—Malmo, Sweden—Malmo SaluhallFebruary 15—Helsinki, Finland—Apollo Live ClubFebruary 17—Riga, Latvia—Palladium RigaFebruary 18—Vilnius, Lithuania—Compensa Concert HallFebruary 20—Warsaw, Poland—ProgresjaFebruary 21—Praha, Czech Republic—SaSaZuFebruary 22—Frankfurt, Germany—BatschkappFebruary 23—Munich, Germany—TheaterfabrikFebruary 25—Koln, Germany—Burgerhaus StollwerckFebruary 27—Milan, Italy—Magazzini GeneraliFebruary 28—Zurich, Switzerland—DynamoFebruary 29—Paris, France—Elysee MontmartreMarch 1—Amsterdam, Netherlands—MelkwegMarch 3—Birmingham, U.K.—XOYO BirminghamMarch 5—Glasgow, U.K.—Saint Luke’sMarch 6—Bristol, U.K.—SWXMarch 7—London, U.K.—Electric BallroomMarch 8—Liverpool, U.K.—Hangar 34April 6—Kelowna, Canada—Altitunes Festival