Image via YouTube

Image via YouTube

With their highly anticipated album Seeds right around the corner, TV on the Radio have released their next single and announced fall tour dates. “Happy Idiot” is a nimble, guitar-driven anthem that showcases lead singer Tunde Adebimpe’s significant vocal chops. The sound has more in common with Interpol or The Strokes than the TVOTR’s earlier work, another chapter of sound for a band that has always been exploring. They’ve also provided an uncomfortably mesmerizing lyric video. I’m not sure what I’m looking at, or why I can’t look away.

Seeds will be the band’s first album since 2011’s Nine Types of Light. It will also be their first without bassist Gerard Smith, who passed away that same year from lung cancer. Since then, we’ve only heard the similarly uptempo “Mercy” and a live version of “Million Miles.”

Watch the lyric video for “Happy Idiot” below, then check out fall tour dates. Seeds will be released in November.


10-17 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
10-18 Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library
10-19 San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival
10-22 Los Angeles, CA – Regent
10-24 Joshua Tree, CA – Pappy & Harriets
10-25 Las Vegas, NV – Life is Beautiful
11-12 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix
11-13 Montreal, Quebec – Corona
11-14 Boston, MA – Paradise
11-16 Washington DC – 9:30 Club
11-17 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11-18 New York, NY – Apollo
11-21/22 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg