Armor For Sleep have returned with their new single, “Whatever, Who Cares” from their upcoming album, The Rain Museum, out September 9th via Equal Vision Records. The track follows “How Far Apart”, their first new single in 15 years. It arrives alongside a new music video, which once again finds the band linking up with director Jesse Korman (Hot Water Music, The Juliana Theory) to create a visual accompaniment that perfectly matches the emotionally charged, ‘edge-of-your-seat’ energy of the track.
Jorgensen explains the meaning behind the song, saying, “‘Whatever, Who Cares’ is a song about coming to grips with the fact that certain wounds are inescapably self-inflicted. But instead of this being a song about having the strength to overcome these truths, this song is about the moments where just accepting the absurdity of it all seems like the least painful route to take. The video follows the story of a couple (the same couple from our “How Far Apart” music video) being subject to a strange experiment at the hands of a mysterious organization. Their relationship is engineered to end in repeated failure, and they find themselves unable to prevail, ultimately choosing poison bottles over fighting to escape the cycle.”
The Rain Museum, is 17 years in the making. It’s a concept album built around a post-apocalyptic world where weather no longer exists on planet earth and people come to a mysterious museum in the middle of the desert to look back on what life used to be like. Originally planned as the follow up to What to Do When You Are Dead, the album had been shelved due to “bad advice” leading the band in another direction. Fast forward to the global pandemic of 2020, and the events of the real world encouraged Jorgensen to revisit the concept. Concurrently, his marriage of eight years began to fall apart, leaving Jorgensen to further infuse the science-fiction story with elements of his real life. The result is a beautiful and devastating 12 song collection that draws upon the best elements of Armor For Sleep’s catalog while incorporating elevated songwriting and composition. After a fifteen year absence from the studio, The Rain Museum will undoubtedly prove to be well-worth the wait for old and new fans alike.
The album is available for pre-order now HERE.
The band will be joining Dashboard Confessional and Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness on the “Hello Gone Days” tour this summer in addition to performing at When We Were Young Fest in October, joining a stacked line-up of influential artists from the scene that Armor For Sleep emerged from. Tickets for all dates are available HERE.
8/4 – Rock The Ruins (Indianapolis, IN)
8/5 – Agora Theater & Ballroom (Cleveland, OH)
8/6 – The Andrew J Brady Music Center (Cincinnati, OH)
8/8 – Kemba Live! (Columbus, OH)
8/9 – Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards (Lafayette, NY)
8/10 – Toyota Oakdale Theatre (Wallingford, CT)
8/12 – The Rooftop At Pier 17 (New York, NY)
8/13 – Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury Park, NJ)
8/14 – Skyline Stage At The Mann (Philadelphia, PA)
10/22 – 10/23, 10/29 – When We Were Young Fest (Las Vegas, NV)