theNEWDEAL Announces New Drummer & Shares 16-Minute ‘Halo Drive’

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theNEWDEAL announced that they have tapped a new drummer, Davide Di Renzo, to join the electronic trio. Bassist Dan Kurtz and keyboardist Jamie Shields previewed the new lineup with a 16-minute studio jam entitled “Halo Drive.”

Di Renzo replaces the group’s former drummer Joel Stouffer, who joined the group in 2014 after their hiatus. That iteration of the band toured together heavily across 2015 and 2016, ultimately releasing the 2016 LP Mercury Switch before ceasing live shows after 2017. With Di Renzo’s membership, theNEWDEAL also hinted at both an upcoming tour and a potential new album.

In a statement posted on the band’s Facebook page, Shields noted that their new lineup have “been shedding in the studio together for the past several months and are excited to get back out on the road.” The bassist also explained that Di Renzo’s addition is inspiring the pioneering jamtronica outfit to return to their improvisational roots. He added:

With Davide it’s a bit like “coming back home” as he was the drummer that inspired our original direction back in 1998 when the three of us played our first impromptu gig together in Guelph, Ontario. Each of the band’s drummers has brought something unique to theNEWDEAL, and with Davide we’re reaching back to move forward with the organic-infused improvisation that has long-inspired a big part of theNEWDEAL sound.

The project’s new track “Halo Drive” was recorded on November 13, 2018, capturing a sprawling 16-minute jam. The tune’s ambient minute-and-a-half intro sets a tone for the extended improvisation, with the band opting for a decidedly minimalist performance throughout the first third of the song. Around the six-minute mark, the group lands in a sparse bridge before transitioning into a more propulsive groove. Carried forward by the rapid-fire drums, the song offers a return to the band’s characteristic heavy-hitting sound, featuring prominent synths and heavy bass. For the final third of the track, the group slows things down, finding a happy medium between their grinding techno-inspired leanings and more psychedelic and spacious opener.

Listen to “Halo Drive” below:

Tour Dates for
theNEWDEAL

  • Jun
    12
    2019
  • Jun
    13
    2019
    • 500 Paradise Dr
    • Hammonton, NJ 08037
    • United States
    Jun
    13
    2019
  • Jun
    14
    2019
    • 14785 Belden Town Rd
    • Belden, CA 95915
    • United States
    Aug
    15
    2019