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Devin Townsend Debuts New Single “Moonpeople”


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Virtuosic Canadian progressive metal oddity Devin Townsend has revealed the first single from his next studio album, “Lightwork“. Townsend co-produced that effort alongside Gggarth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Chevelle) and will have it out on October 28th via InsideOut Music.

Moonpeople” opens the record and has also just arrived as the first single, complete with a video shot by Townsend himself while on tour in Spain earlier this year. The video also represents the first in a trilogy of videos planned. Speaking of the song and the album, Townsend offered:

“Hey all 🙂 this is Devin. Welcome to my newest album ‘Lightwork‘. The last few years have been a lot, and this is the music that I wrote during that time. In essence, ‘Lightwork‘ is a bit more of a ‘song’ oriented album. A bit more direct and simpler than a lot of what I’ve been doing lately. After ‘Empath‘ and ‘The Puzzle‘, things kind of swung back in the direction of more traditional arrangements for ‘Lightwork‘.

Lyrically, It kind of hints at the struggles of the last few years but with an eye on putting the pieces back together again. We chose ‘Moonpeople‘ as the first of three video releases from this project, The three videos share a theme, so I think that’ll work.

Moonpeople‘ is the first song on ‘Lightwork‘ and acts as a sort of mission statement for the album. Post pandemic… kids are now teens… 50 years old, who am I now? Beyond any platitudes or delusions, who am I now that the smoke is clearing and what do I want to do, and who do I want to be, moving forward? The term ‘Moonpeople’, in my mind, refers to those in society that kind of ‘watch’ things rather than being directly involved in it.

Maybe the Moonpeople are more introverted rather than extroverted? In any case, it functions as a song on the album that will set the stage for the dynamic nature of the material that follows it. So here you go. Song one.”

Townsend will be out on the road across Europe and the UK early next year with the following shows booked:

02/21 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
02/27 Stockholm, SWE – Cirkus
02/28 Gothenburg, SWE – Pustervik
03/01 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
03/03 Tilburg, NET – 013
03/04 Cologne, GER – Carlswerk Victoria
03/05 Lille, FRA – Le Splendid
03/07 Leipzig, GER- WERK 2
03/08 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp
03/10 Zurich, SWI – X-tra
03/11 Munich, GER – Backstage Werk
03/13 Dornbirn, AUT – Conrad Sohm
03/14 Milan, ITA – Live Club
03/16 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
03/17 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
03/18 Lisbon, POR – Cineteatro Capitólio
03/20 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
03/21 Marseille, FRA – Le Moulin
03/22 Clermont Ferrand, FRA – La Coopérative De Mai
03/24 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique
03/25 Stuttgart, GER – LKA Longhorn
03/26 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
03/28 Bexhill-on-Sea, UK – De La Warr Pavilion
03/29 Bristol, UK – Academy
03/31 Manchester, UK – Academy
04/01 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
04/02 Newcastle, UK – University
04/04 Wolverhampton, UK – KK’s Steel Mill
04/05 Norwich, UK – UEA

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