To stream Fite's new album Ain't Ain't Ain't and watch his new video Work Ethic visit Paste Magazine.
The imaginative and evocative Ain't Ain't Ain't is the powerful final installment of Fite's critically heralded "Ain't" trilogy. The first two albums, Fair Ain't Fair and Gone Ain't Gone, were compelling sound collages that artfully combined disparate musical traditions without pretense or prejudice. Both records received phenomenal response from both music fans and esteemed publications such as The Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, San Francisco Bay Guardian, NPR and more. But while those previous works addressed adult issues with a youthful exuberance, Ain't Ain't Ain't is, in many ways, their thematic opposite. The central focus of the record is the pain, hope and unbridled passion of one's teenage years.
Unlike Fite's previous works which were created using a collage of samples, on Ain't Ain't Ain't the artist played and recorded instruments in the studio. The leaner sound reveals Fite to be a classic songwriter of startling ability.
To watch a clip about the making of the album, go to the Anti YouTube Channel.
"First loves, fist fights, cliques, slow-dances, broken hearts, joyrides, bullies and the big game," Fite says. "These adolescent rites all act as mirrors for the future. Teenage loves are the loves to which all subsequent loves must be compared. Teenage fuck-ups are the fuck-ups by which all other fuck-ups are measured. There is no better mirror than a teenage mirror - because it reflects the best and worst of us simultaneously - pimples and all. The songs on this record are reminders of who we were, who we are, and who we may come to be."
Tim Fite Tour Dates:
Mar. 08 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall *RECORD RELEASE SHOW Mar. 30 - Portland, ME - The Oak and the Ax Apr. 01 - Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel Apr. 03 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean Apr. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry Apr. 06 - Rock Island, IL - Rozz Tox Apr. 07 - Urbana, IL - Mike n Molly's Apr. 08 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Apr. 09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Apr. 10 - Atlanta, GA - Goat Farm Apr. 11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 Apr. 13 - Washington, D.C. - U Street Music Hall Apr. 14 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar