Self Defense Family – Exclusive Song Premiere @ BrooklynVegan

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Sunday, September 14, 2014

Self Defense Family will release their new EP Duets on September 30th via Iron Pier. The band premiered the track “Cancel Man” earlier in the month on BrooklynVegan, and the song can now be streamed below. They’ll be on tour throughout October and November, check out the full list of dates below.

SELF DEFENSE FAMILY has teamed up with our friends at BrooklynVegan for an exclusive premiere of the song “Cancel Man” from the upcoming EP DUETS.

To stream the track, go here. You can also check out the song “Location Scout,” which premiered last month at The A.V. Club

Scheduled for a September 30, 2014 release on IRON PIER (Agent, Weed Hounds, Capital), Duets features five stunning new tracks that are as ambitious and as engaging as anything Self Defense Family has created in the past. Frequent collaborator and family member Caroline Corrigan once again lends her talents, but these songs are a more synergetic effort between the vocalist and front man Patrick Kindlon … hence the album title.

Duets is now available for pre-order from the label. The EP will be released as a one-sided 12-inch and digital digital download, with the former limited to 1000 on clear with pink and green splatter and solid pink color variants. The album features artwork by Samuel Phipps of I Am Sam Creative Design. Duets was recorded by Andrew Duggan and Chris Tenerowicz at Hellmouth, as well as Craig Dutra in his home. it was mastered by Carl Saff (You Blew It!, Speedy Ortiz, Dikembe) at Saff Mastering in Chicago.

In related news, Self Defense Family will be touring the U.S. in October and November in support of Duets. The band will be be playing shows with Restorations, Goodtime Boys, Wild Moth and Creative Adult. Details are below.

Stay tuned for more Self Defense Family news and song premieres in the coming month. You can follow the band on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Iron Pier on Facebook and Twitter as well.


OCT 24 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes w/ Restorations
OCT 25 – Washington, D.C. @ DC9 w/ Restorations
OCT 26 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall w/ Restorations
OCT 27 – Columbia, SC @ Foxfield Bar w/ Restorations
OCT 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Under The Couch w/ Restorations
OCT 29 – Ybor City, FL @ PRE-FEST
OCT 30 – Miami, FL @ Churchills w/ Goodtime Boys
OCT 31 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth w/ Goodtime Boys
NOV 01 – Gainesville, FL @ FEST 13
NOV 02 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 w/ Goodtime Boys
NOV 03 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia w/ Goodtime Boys
NOV 05 – Houston, TX @ Mangos w/ Goodtime Boys
NOV 06 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall w/ Goodtime Boys
NOV 07 – Austin, TX @ TBA w/ Goodtime Boys
NOV 09 – Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks w/ Goodtime Boys
NOV 10 – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room w/ Goodtime Boys
NOV 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Artistic Armory w/ Wild Moth, Goodtime Boys
NOV 12 – La Puente, CA @ Bridgetown DIY w/ Wild Moth Goodtime Boys
NOV 13 – Sacramento, CA @ Press Club w/ Creative Adult, Wild Moth
NOV 14 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Creative Adult, Wild Moth
NOV 16 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon w/ Creative Adult, Wild Moth
NOV 17 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl w/ Creative Adult, Wild Moth


Self Defense Family is a band as enduringly interesting as it is musically ambitious. Three years in the making, Duets is the result of a longstanding collaboration between them and Albany singer and family member Caroline Corrigan. Corrigan has fronted the band before, but here she and regular family singer Patrick Kindlon are put together front and center and afforded time and space to work. Duets is five new songs with overlapping themes and a cohesive sound that builds on the band’s own distinctive approach while integrating new elements of alt-country and indie rock. Over the course of the album, Kindlon’s and Corrigan’s voices sing against each other, overlap, double back and break apart, with Corrigan taking the lead on the final song. Duets is tuneful and accessible but just as challenging, interesting and as personally confrontational as the band has ever been.

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