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ANNUALS Reveal Bob Ross Painting as Cover of New Album!

posted Sep 5, 2008, 1:52 PM by Vu Nguyen
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Raleigh, NC’s Annuals will be releasing their sophomore record, Such Fun, on October 7th on Canvasback Music.  The album’s cover image is a snow-peaked mountain scene painted by legendary paint-by-numbers painter/television personality Bob Ross.  Says the band as to the choice of painting: 


“The way that Bob made his paintings, and the way he paints in particular, is pretty similar to the way that our band makes a record.  Bob Ross starts his paintings with simple little smudges and blotches, making ‘happy trees’ or ‘cute little bridges,’ and he seems to be having ‘such fun’ doing it.  But when it’s finished, and his blotches take form, we see that his paintings are actually intricate landscapes – layer on top of layer of what are seemingly a bunch of fun, whimsical drawings are actually quite complicated.  Continuing this dichotomy, it seems like all of the happy, lovely places he paints always have a bit of sad loneliness and isolation to them too, and some of the songs on our new album can definitely relate to that duality.”


Annuals have had an incredible ride since their acclaimed debut album, Be He Me, came out only two short years ago.  Released when the band members were all around the age of nineteen, the album spread like a wildfire around the globe.  Critics (everyone from Rolling Stone to the New York Times to the NME) and fans alike fell instantly for the young band’s expansive, energetic sound, igniting a frenzy amongst bloggers that has shown no signs of slowing down.  In the pockets of downtime, Annuals secretly began to work on their newest creation, Such Fun.  Even in its initial stages, the songs were markedly different from their predecessors, revealing the ways in which Adam’s songwriting had grown considerably in a short period of time.  The result is a record that is fully, electrifyingly alive, maintaining the breadth of Annuals’ scope while taking their sound in brilliant new directions.  


The album’s first song, “Confessor,” can be hear on the band’s Myspace now –


Upon the release of Such Fun, Annuals will be hitting the road with Minus the Bear for what are bound to be some of the fall’s most exciting live shows.  The dates…


10/8/08             Spokane, WA @ Service Station

10/9/08             Missoula, MT @ The Other Side

10/11/08            Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre

10/12/08            Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

10/13/08            Iowa City, IA @ The Picador

10/15/08            Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre

10/16/08            Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall

10/17/08            Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre   

10/18/08            Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

10/19/08            Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre Center

10/20/08            Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop

10/21/08            Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre

10/22/08            Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

10/23/08            Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts

10/24/08            Providence, RI @ Lupo’s at the Strange

10/25/08            New York, NY @ Webster Hall

10/26/08            Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

10/28/08            Richmond, VA @ The National

10/29/08            Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre

10/30/08            Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

10/31/08            Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre

11/1/08             Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

11/3/08             Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

11/4/08             Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

11/5/08             Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Café

11/7/08             New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

11/8/08             Houston, TX @ House of Blues

11/9/08             Austin, TX @ Waterloo Park (Fun Fun Fun Fest)

11/10/08            Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

11/12/08            Santa Fe, NM @ TBA

11/13/08            Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

11/14/08            San Diego, CA @ Soma

11/15/08            Pomona, CA @ Glass House

11/16/08            Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre

11/18/08            Sacramento, CA @ Empire

11/19/08            San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s