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22 SEPTEMBER 2023 (TORONTO, ON) –Today, Toronto based “collective” New West drops their mesmerizing new single “Cold Tea” out now via Giant Music/Republic Records/Universal Music Canada. It arrives ahead of their anxiously awaited debut album, Based On A True Story, releasing on October 20th.  


“Cold Tea” stirs together acoustic guitar, airy synths, organic drums, and incisively introspective rhymes. It culminates on the anthemic chorus, “You say you miss the old me, but what the fuck does that mean? Don’t act like you know me, you’re just talking cold tea.” Ready to move on, it concludes with a proclamation of independence, “I’m just more myself these days.” 


Speaking to their global appeal, the band just touched down in Indonesia for a showstopping set at Soundrenaline 2023. They notably brought out Indonesian Idol winner Nyoman Paul to the stage for a duet on their breakout smash “Those Eyes.” Of course, the crowd erupted in a rapturous response.


The song follows the release of their track “IYKYK” as well as their 2023 fan favorite bundle, homecoming / in my city. The package has gathered millions of streams in addition to inciting critical applause. Right out of the gate, A1234 professed, “They’re soaring anthems that make you feel as if you’re flying through the sky, whilst remaining completely grounded within their ideology,and promised “New West always brings the goods.


New West continues to enchant audiences worldwide on tour as well. They return stateside to perform in Austin, TX supporting Tegan And Sara on October 12 and at Austin City Limits on October 14th. They will also be opening for Charlotte Cardin on her US run. The tour includes stops at New York’s Irving Plaza on October 27th and two nights at LA’s The El Rey on November 6th & 7th. In addition they will be performing a headline gig at The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario on December 15. 


Check out the full confirmed itinerary below and full tour dates


Earlier this year, the group made their late-night television debut with a showstopping performance of their smash “Those Eyes” on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! Watch HERE. The song has already reached over 800 million streams worldwide and is buzzing on the radio. The music video, directed by Sean Brown, sees the band performing in Los Angeles in a cinematic version of their unparalleled live performances. Check out the official music video for “those eyes (Group Session)” HERE!


Get ready for Based On A True Story this fall!


PC: Sean Brown


Tour Dates: 

September 26th              London, UK                              Colours

October 12th                 Austin, TX                                 Emo***

October 14th                  Austin, TX                                 Austin City Limits Music Festival 2023

October 24th                  Washington DC                         Union Stage*

October 25th                  Boston, MA                                Brighton Music Hall*

October 27th                  New York, NY                            Irving Plaza*

October 28th                  Philadelphia, PA                        The Foundry*

October 30th                  Chicago, IL                                Lincoln Hall*

November 5th                 San Diego, CA                           House of Blues*

November 6th                 Los Angeles, CA                        El Rey Theater*

November 7th                 Los Angeles, CA                        El Rey Theater*

November 9th                 San Francisco, CA                     The Independent*

November 11th               Portland, OR                              Mission Theater*

November 12th               Seattle, WA                                Neumos*

November 16th               Vancouver, BC                           Commodore Ballroom*

November 17th               Vancouver, BC                           Commodore Ballroom*

December 14th               Toronto, ON                              The Opera House

December 15th               Toronto, ON                              The Opera House

February 6th                   Ottawa, ON                                The Arena at TD Place*

February 8th                   Laval, QC                                   Place Bell*

February 9th                   Laval, QC                                   Place Bell*

February 10th                 Laval, QC                                   Place Bell*


*Supporting Charlotte Cardin

** Supporting Kodaline

*** Supporting Tegan And Sara


Tickets can be found at


About New West: 

Four individuals. One vision. Endless possibilities. Meet New West. The Toronto-based “collective” comprises four individual artists, namely Kala Wita, Vella, Ben Key, and Noel West. For as different as they respectively may be in terms of where they’re from, how they create, and why they’re here, they fit together as seamlessly as long-lost puzzle pieces. They rotate between instruments and pass around the mic, morphing in real-time across each and every song with an unabashedly warm nostalgic undercurrent. Their very first release “Those Eyes” hinted at the potential of their chemistry. Its lush lo-fi acoustic guitar, dreamy piano, lullaby melody, and quotable play-by-play of a relationship in full bloom instantly reacted with listeners worldwide. It initially popped off on TikTok (the guys aren’t quite sure where but it’s all good), and the success slowly but surely translated to streaming platforms. Between the Original and “Sped Up” version, it has clocked over 700 million streams. Tracing an invisible line all the way from the British Invasion to 21st century alternative R&B, they defy genre as they simultaneously define a singular style on their 2023 forthcoming full-length debut for Giant Music/Republic Records and much more to come.