Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's A Man Alive To Be Released March 4 On Ribbon Music
Fri Dec. 11th 2015




For Immediate Release         December 10, 2015






 “Music that makes you move from your bones out…keenly intelligent

and original.”—The New Yorker

“Insanely infectious and utterly charming”—NPR

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, the San Francisco-based band fronted by singer and songwriter Thao Nguyen, will release their fourth studio album A Man Alive March 4 via Ribbon Music. “Nobody Dies,” the first track from the new album, debuts today—listen via SoundCloud here and YouTube here. Preorder A Man Alive digitally here and via Ribbon Music here.

A Man Alive was recorded at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco and was produced by Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards. The two, close personal friends, experimented extensively during the creation of the record resulting in a unique, new sound for Nguyen.

“With this record I had clearer vision and aspirations. I wanted emotion. I wanted power. I wanted A Man Alive to be beat- and bass-driven,” says Nguyen of the album. “A Man Alive is more instrumental, more riff- and loop-centric, and has more manipulated sounds.”

The new album also finds Nguyen exploring previously untouched subjects including her relationship with her father who left the family when she was a young girl. “The record is essentially about my relationship with my dad, its trajectory,” Nguyen says. “It’s a document of my life in conjunction with his, even though we’ve always been leading our lives away from each other. Some are optimistic and forgiving, some are the opposite.”

A Man Alive explores new territory for Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, but regardless of subject matter the songs on A Man Alive are vibrant and danceable, lending themselves well to the band’s trademark high-energy live show. Nguyen says, “I wanted to make a record that was very introspective and personal, but would also seek to communicate and that we would have fun performing. Not just fun, but I wanted a kind of crazy, rabid, animal energy. That’s my favorite thing about performing—you can tap into this frenzy.”

To celebrate the release, the band will tour the U.S. next year. Tickets are available at

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s 2013 album We The Common was released to widespread critical acclaim; Pitchfork declared it Nguyen’s “most sharply written record to date” while NPR called her “one of the most commanding and distinctive young singers around.” 


1. Astonished Man

2. Slash/Burn

3. The Evening

4. Departure

5. Nobody Dies

6. Guts

7. Fool Forever

8. Millionaire

9. Meticulous Bird

10. Give Me Peace

11. Hand To God

12. Endless Love



December 31 San Francisco, CA The Masonic*
March 25 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
March 26 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre
March 27 Vancouver, BC The Cobalt
March 30 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café†
March 31 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall†
April 1 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall†
April 2 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room†
April 3 Louisville, KY Headliners†
April 5 Asheville, NC Grey Eagle†
April 6 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
April 7 Cincinnati, OH Woodward Theater†
April 8 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre†
April 9 Toronto, ON Adelaide Hall‡
April 11 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground Ballroom‡
April 12 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair‡
April 13 New York, NY Webster Hall§
April 15 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club§
April 16 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts§
April 17 Richmond, VA The Broadberry‡
April 18 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle‡
April 20 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
April 21 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
April 22 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Studio
April 23 Austin, TX The Mohawk
April 24 Dallas, TX Trees
April 26 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
April 27 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
April 28 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
April 29 Los Angeles, CA The Regent Theatre


*with The Decemberists†with Saintseneca
‡with Little Scream
§with Saintseneca and Little Scream

For more information, please contact Krista Williams or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., or