Joey Cape is set to release his seventh solo album, ‘A Good Year To Forget,’ on Friday 13 August.
The Lagwagon frontman’s aptly titled and reflective new disc was written during a year in which he lost his father, separated from his wife of 20 years and contracted Covid-19. In common with many musicians during the pandemic year’s forced gig cancellations, Cape also lost his livelihood and had to move back in with his parents. A Good Year To Forget captures all the trials and tribulations from his challenging 12 months.
He now views 2020 as a transitional year and told American Songwriter: “There is something to be said for putting the mad world on hold. While threat and unrest seemed to be worsening around us, we also had time to look more closely at our surroundings and contemplate our climate and our behaviour in it.”
“There was time to experiment, learn and even build new things, to contemplate our future plans and better our role in all of it.”
A Good Year To Forget will be coming out on Fat Wreck Chords and follows 2019’s Let Me Know When You Give Up. The new album was recorded during the lockdown and is a true solo effort, with Cape playing all of its instruments. Ahead of its release, the lead single It Could Be Real is available to stream.
He said, “[It Could Be Real is] a song written from the perspective of a disenchanted single person—a person who has experienced the highs and lows of multiple failed relationships.
“They have more than once considered the possibility that they are not fit to partner with another. But they have landed on complacency. They now believe they are actually capable of lasting connections and their potential to be fit enough for someone else. It’s a suspicious invitation, but the song is meant to be tongue and cheek and light as well.”
Cape will tour Europe in August and then the US in September in support of his solo record, which will then be available on vinyl from 19 November. After that US and European Lagwagon tour dates are planned.
One of the US punk rock band’s first stops will be at the two-day California festival Punk in the Park, where they’ll appear alongside NOFX, Pennywise, The Vandals and, with Cape on guitar, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes.
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