On April 6th Ben Kweller released his highly anticipated second studio album, On My Way, on ATO Records. Preceding the record’s release, Kweller will hit the road and co-headline with fellow indie rockers Death Cab For Cutie, beginning March 24th in Omaha, NE. The forty-three-date tour includes three nights at NYC’s Irving Plaza and Seattle’s Showbox Theater, as well as two nights in Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, and one at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.
One of the main differences between On My Way and Kweller’s first album, Sha Sha, is the distinctly live feel of the new record. Produced by Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams), the motto put forward from the beginning of the session was “performance first.” With that in mind, Kweller and his bandmates recorded with all instruments together in one room and minimal separation between amplifiers and drums. The band played mostly without headphones to ensure that each member could hear and react to the whole sound being produced in the room, instead of focusing on what each individual had in his headphones. These underused yet effective techniques ultimately gave the vocal and instrumental delivery a more impromptu feel.
The result is a brilliantly raw, live-sounding album that is akin to a mid-sixties rock recording. The ultra catchy album opener, “I Need You