my Today, Toronto based “collective” New West drops their mesmerizing new single “Cold Tea” out now via Giant Music/Republic Records. It arrives ahead of their anxiously awaited debut album, Based On A True Story, releasing on October 20th.
“Cold Tea” stirs together acoustic guitar, airy synths, organic drums, and incisively introspective rhymes. It culminates on the anthemic chorus, “You say you miss the old me, but what the fuck does that mean? Don’t act like you know me, you’re just talking cold tea.” Ready to move on, it concludes with a proclamation of independence, “I’m just more myself these days.”
Speaking to their global appeal, the band just touched down in Indonesia for a showstopping set at Soundrenaline 2023. They notably brought out Indonesian Idol winner Nyoman Paul to the stage for a duet on their breakout smash “Those Eyes.” Of course, the crowd erupted in a rapturous response.
The song follows the release of their track “IYKYK” as well as their 2023 fan favorite bundle, homecoming / in my city. The package has gathered millions of streams in addition to inciting critical applause. Right out of the gate, A1234 professed, “They’re soaring anthems that make you feel as if you’re flying through the sky, whilst remaining completely grounded within their ideology,” and promised “New West always brings the goods.”
New West continues to enchant audiences worldwide on tour as well. They return stateside to perform in Austin, TX supporting Tegan And Sara on October 12 and at Austin City Limits on October 14th. They will also be opening for Charlotte Cardin on her US run. The tour includes stops at New York’s Irving Plaza on October 27th and two nights at LA’s The El Rey on November 6th & 7th. In addition they will be performing a headline gig at The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario on December 15.
PC: Sean Brown
Earlier this year, the group made their late-night television debut with a showstopping performance of their smash “Those Eyes” on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! Watch HERE. The song has already reached over 800 million streams worldwide and is buzzing on the radio. The music video, directed by Sean Brown, sees the band performing in Los Angeles in a cinematic version of their unparalleled live performances. Check out the official music video for “those eyes (Group Session)” HERE!
Get ready for Based On A True Story this fall!