Responsible for dangerously sweet pop tunes, the trio known as Lydia is headed out on tour. Their new album, Liquor, is out today, and once you hear it, you’ll realize their live show is a must. Get a taste with their single, “Sunlight,” below, and check out their tour dates too.

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Lydia frontman and founder Leighton Antelman doesn’t take his band for granted… anymore. When the Arizona-based indie-rock project initially formed in 2003, a high school-aged Antelman was mostly just messing around and having fun writing songs with his friends. “I was winging it,” he describes.

When high school ended, Antelman enrolled at Arizona State but, only a year in, realized higher education wasn’t right for him. So, as an experiment (and, he notes, against every older adult’s recommendation), he hit the road with Lydia. Now it’s 14 years later, and he’s been churning out albums and touring ever since.

Today, Lydia are seven albums into their career, with their latest output, Liquor. The trio, which now features core trio Antelman, Matt Keller, and Shawn Strader, all live in the Phoenix suburbs and continue to collaborate on new material.

When writing Liquor, a title Antelman says is taken directly from the album’s lyrics, the group began tinkering around with new songs shortly after they finished touring behind their 2015 record, Run Wild. “I don’t know if we’ve ever been a band to sit down in a room and Led Zeppelin-jam out songs,” he says. “We have our own separate studios in our respective houses, so we all kind of write on our own.”

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Lydia Tour

7/25 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
7/27 – Parish – Austin, TX
7/28 – Trees Dallas – Dallas, TX
7/29 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
7/31 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL
8/1 – The Social – Orlando, FL
8/3 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
8/4 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
8/5 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC *no giveaway*
8/7 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
8/8 – House of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ
8/9 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
8/10 – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
8/11 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
8/12 – Petit Campus – Montreal, QC, Canada
8/14 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON, Canada
8/15 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
8/16 – The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI
8/17 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
8/18 – Blueberry Hill Duck Room – University City, MO
8/19 – recordBar – Kansas City, MO
8/21 – The Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
8/22 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
8/24 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
8/25 – The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA