Exclusive: Rocky Votolato Premieres Poignant New Album 'Hospital Handshakes'

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Rocky Votolato

The album drops April 21 on No Sleep Records.

Seattle-based songwriter Rocky Votolato considered retiring from music following his last album, 2012's Television of Saints. Well, he's back, and he's got a gripping new folk-rock album that will make his fans glad he reconsidered.


Introducing Hospital Handshakes, Votolato's eighth studio album and a brilliant creative revitalization. Following a tour with mewithoutYou, Rocky realized he hadn't written new music in over a year. But in the summer of 2014, he found the muse again, and finally hit the studio with ex-Death Cab For Cutie guitarist/producer extraordinaire Chris Walla to lay down the LP. He also teamed with his brother Cody (of the Blood Brothers), who added electric guitar to the album. 

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"This is the most exciting creative project I've been a part of in nearly a decade," Votolato tells Billboard. "I knew I needed to push some boundaries and reinvent things for myself to keep it interesting. It feels urgent and impulsive to me and I'm glad I was able to find people to work with that I trusted and embrace a real spirit of collaboration. It was really important to me not to overthink things on this record. I'm really happy with how it turned out and with the energy that we captured on it."

Votolato is currently touring the American west coast, playing living rooms from Los Angeles to Portland through April 24. From May 8 to June 21, he'll traverse Europe, playing clubs and festivals.