Thao And The Get Down Stay Down Create Beautiful Oneness with New Single / Video “Temple”

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down

As a longtime fan of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, there’s no question that the band can make solid tunes. Their music has always been fun and interesting to listen to, but frontwoman Thao Nguyen has outdone herself with the band’s newest single “Temple.” The song is the first single off the band’s fifth studio album of the same title, out May 15 via Ribbon Music. Tour dates announced along with a Los Angeles headline gig at Teragram Ballroom on June 25.

“Temple” showcases a newfound sense of honesty and depth in Nguyen’s writing, where for the first time she speaks openly about her personal life in her work. Nyugen’s new song and album focuses on creating something that encapsulated every bit of Nyugen; a concept illustrated beautifully in the music video that features lush backgrounds, a cacti garden and a quaint and quirky choreography by Erin S. Murray. With the video directed by Jonny Look, both scenery and dancers mimic each other in a symbiosis of symmetry and layering that is just as delightful as the layering of instruments and vocals in the song’s composition.

“I have divided myself into so many selves. I am nervous, but hopeful that in belonging to myself, I can still belong to my family, and my Vietnamese community, especially the elders,” Nguyen said. “I believe that shame has made my work more general, when I’ve always wanted to be specific. This record is about me finally being specific. If you listen to my music, I want you to know who you are dealing with.”

Not only does this album expand the band’s sound and Nguyen’s complexity as a writer, it is also their first self-produced album, quite a feat for a band who was not sure it would continue making music.

‘Temple’ will be Thao and The Get Down Stay Down’s first studio album since 2016. Pre-orders of their album as well as album specific merch can be found on the band’s website. The band will also embark on a tour this summer with a stop in Los Angeles at the Teragram Ballroom on June 25 and 26. Be sure to follow their social media for more info.

Words: Patricia Sanchez

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THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN TOUR DATES

June 17—Tacoma, WA—Alma Mater
June 18—Vancouver, BC—Imperial
June 19—Seattle, WA—Neptune Theatre
June 20—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom
June 22—Sacramento, CA—Harlow’s
June 24—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up Tavern
June 25—Los Angeles, CA—Teragram Ballroom
June 26—Los Angeles, CA—Teragram Ballroom
June 27—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
July 15—Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line
July 16—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall
July 19—Nashville, TN—Mercy Lounge
July 21—Cincinnati, OH—The Woodward Theater
July 22—Millvale, PA—Mr. Smalls Theatre
July 23—Toronto, ON—Longboat Hall
July 24—South Burlington, VT—Higher Ground Ballroom
July 25—Boston, MA—Paradise Rock Club
July 28—New York, NY—Webster Hall
July 29—Philadelphia, PA—Underground Arts
July 30—Washington, DC—9:30 Club
July 31—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle
August 1—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West
August 2—Birmingham, AL—Saturn
August 4—Houston, TX—Studio at Warehouse Live
August 5—Austin, TX—Emo’s
August 6—Dallas, TX—Trees
August 7—Oklahoma City, OK—Tower Theatre
August 8—Kansas City, MO—Grinders at XRDS
August 10—Denver, CO—Bluebird Theater
August 11—Salt Lake City, UT—The State Room

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