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Jenny Jimenez
Barsuk Records will release Say Hi's sixth studio album on January 25, and it will be entitled Um, Uh Oh . A Barsuk

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Say Hi's Um, Uh Oh Out January 25, Listen to Dark and Grumpy New Track, "Devils"

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Jenny Jimenez
Barsuk Records will release Say Hi's sixth studio album on January 25, and it will be entitled Um, Uh Oh. A Barsuk press release says of the album:

Say Hi has broken up 37 times in the last decade. If the band were a traditional four-piece rock outfit, things would have run their course shortly before the release of the first record in 2002. However, sole member Eric Elbogen manages to continue moving forward, despite the ample foils that keep presenting themselves.

Um, Uh Oh is the result of the last ten years of Eric Elbogen's experiences with failing at relationships, both musical and otherwise. Its narrators repeat the same mistakes over and over again. They watch joy from afar. They self-loath utterly and completely. They drive and they drive and they drive. They anticipate mortality. They look up from decades of tedium to find that joints now creak and opportunities have long passed. They hide their mortification from others as best as they can. They take deep breaths. They get punched in the gut.

Well, that sounds interesting, if not a little cynical. SPIN premiered the first track off Um, Uh Oh this morning -- "Devils" is short, bluesy, and moody, more chill than the material on Elbogen's previous release, 2009's Oohs & Aahs. Personally, I think the song is killer, and I'm intrigued by this dark new direction. Of "Devils," Elbogen told SPIN, "That song is about being right on the edge of not being able to turn back from just being a bitter, grumpy, lonely, depressed old man. I like to make these really serious songs with overarching heavy themes that are just slightly ridiculous."

Following the new album's release, Say Hi will embark on a nationwide tour, including a record release show on January 28 at Neumos:

01-28-11 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumos (Record Release Party)

02-17-11 -- Boise, ID @ Neurolux

02-18-11 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

02-19-11 -- Denver, CO @ The Hi Dive

02-20-11 -- Lawrence, KS @ The Jackpot Saloon

02-21-11 -- Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

02-22-11 -- Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

02-23-11 -- Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

02-25-11 -- Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

02-26-11 -- Bloomington, IN @ Video Saloon

02-27-11 -- Newport, KY @ Southgate House

02-28-11 -- Columbus, OH @ Skully's

03-01-11 -- Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room

03-02-11 -- Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop

03-03-11 -- Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

03-04-11 -- Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo

03-05-11 -- Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo

03-06-11 -- Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs

03-07-11 -- New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

03-08-11 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's

03-09-11 -- Washington, DC @ The Black Cat

03-11-11 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

03-12-11 -- Orlando, FL @ Backbooth

03-13-11 -- Tampa, FL @ Crowbar

03-14-11 -- Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder

03-16-11 -- Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Downstairs

03-17-11 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW

03-18-11 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW

03-19-11 -- Dallas, TX @ The Loft

03-22-11 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room

03-23-11 -- Tucson, AZ @ Plush

03-24-11 -- San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

03-25-11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

03-26-11 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill

03-28-11 -- Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

03-29-11 -- Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar

03-30-11 -- Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club

 
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