This week, Jamtronica favorites theNEWDEAL announced the addition of a new drummer, Davide Di Renzo, taking the place of former drummer Joel Stouffer. Keyboardist Jamie Shields and bassist Dan Kurtz revealed the news in a recent Facebook post.

Stouffer joined the band in 2014 after theNEWDEAL reemerged from their hiatus. Shields, Kurtz, and Stouffer toured vigorously through 2017 and released their Mercury Switch LP in 2016 before disappearing from the touring circuit. With the addition of Di Renzo, as well as festival appearances at Beardfest and STS9‘s Wave Spell Live, fans can hope that theNEWDEAL will begin to announce more live shows in the coming months.

Jamie Shields shared via the band’s Facebook,

Dan and I  are proud to welcome drummer extraordinaire Davide Di Renzo into the fold! We’ve been shedding in the studio together for the past several months and are excited to get back out on the road.

With Davide it’s a bit like ‘coming back home’ as he was the drummer that inspired our original direction back in 1998 when the three of us played our first impromptu gig together in Guelph, Ontario. Each of the band’s drummers has brought something unique to theNEWDEAL, and with Davide we’re reaching back to move forward with the organic-infused improvisation that has long-inspired a big part of theNEWDEAL sound.

The trio also shared a new 16-minute track, “Halo Drive”, recorded on November 13th, 2018 during a recording session. Listen to theNEWDEAL’s psychedelic new exploratory journey below:

theNEWDEAL – “Halo Drive”

Keep an eye on theNEWDEAL’s website for upcoming show announcements.