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Gargoyle

Heavenly Recordings are thrilled to announce the release of Gargoyle, the new album from MARK LANEGAN BAND, on 28th April 2017 via the label. The 10-track LP features guest appearances from long-time collaborators Josh Homme, Greg Dulli and Duke Garwood. Lead track ‘Nocturne’ is currently premiering on Stereogum and can be heard HERE. An extensive European tour has also been announced throughout the summer, beginning in the UK with the below June dates which include a Glastonbury festival appearance:

Monday 19th June – BIRMINGHAM – Library tickets
Tuesday 20th June – GLASGOW – Garage tickets
Wednesday 21st June – MANCHESTER – Ritz tickets
Thursday 22nd June – LONDON – KOKO tickets
Friday 23rd June – PILTON – Glastonbury Festival

Early in 2016, Mark was at home in LA, working on some ideas for what might turn into his next album when he got an email from a friend, an English musician named Rob Marshall, thanking Mark for contributing to a new project he was putting together, Humanist. The pair first met in 2008, when Marshall’s former band Exit Calm supported Soulsavers, who Mark was singing with at the time. Now Rob was offering to write Mark some music to return the favour: “I was like, Hey man, I’m getting ready to make a record, if you’ve got anything?’” Mark recalls. “Three days later he sent me *10 things… !”

In the meantime, Mark had written ‘Blue Blue Sea’, a rippling mood piece that he thought might be a more fruitful direction for his new record. “It’s almost always how my records start,” he explains. “I let the first couple of songs tell me what the next couple should sound like, and it’s really the same process when I’m writing words. Whatever my first couple of lines are tell me what the next couple should be. I’ve always built things like that, sort of like making a sculpture I guess.”

Within an hour, Mark had written words and vocal lines for two of the pieces Rob had cooked up at Mount Sion Studios in Kent and pinged through the virtual clouds to California. Rob’s music fitted perfectly with the direction Mark had been pondering: in essence, a more expansive progression from the moody Krautrock-influenced electronica textures of his two previous albums, ‘Blues Funeral’ and ‘Phantom Radio’. Eventually, Rob Marshall would co-write six of the songs on the new Mark Lanegan Band album. “I was very thankful to become reacquainted with him,” Mark deadpans.

The remainder of the album was written, recorded and produced by Lanegan’s longtime musical amanuensis Alain Johannes at his 11 AD base in West Hollywood. Everything was done and dusted within a month, unusually fast by Lanegan’s recent standards. “I definitely feel like I’m a better songwriting than I was 15 years ago,” he says. “I don’t know if I’m just kidding myself or what, but it’s definitely easier now to make something that is satisfying to me. Maybe I’m just easier on myself these days, but it’s definitely not as painful a process, and therefore I feel I’m better at it now. But part of the way that I stay interested in making music is by collaborating with other people. When I see things through somebody else’s perspective it’s more exciting than if I’m left to my own devices.”

While sharing roots with its two predecessors, on Gargoyle there’s a significant up-shift in the swaggering powerlode of such keynote songs as Nocturne and Beehive, while the lyrics’ tonal palette is more varied. The album title comes from a lyric in Blue Blue Sea – “Gargoyle perched on gothic spire” – and was chosen for its hint of self-deprecation. “I’m most proud of the songs that are atypical to stuff that I’ve done in the past” says Mark. “So I really like Old Swan, because it’s an expression of positivity, which is completely anti-anything I’ve done before!” He laughs. “Y’know, I haven’t played this record for too many people yet. I played it for Greg Dulli, who played on some of it, and he was like, ‘Wow, I had to listen to it twice – it sounds like he’s having a good time…’

It’s been a long journey travelled, not always easy, but in 2017, at the age of 52, Lanegan’s got the look of permanence about him. Like that gargoyle on the gothic spire….

Gargoyle will be released 28th April on Heavenly Recordings. Album artwork, tracklisting and new Mark Lanegan photo by Eric Gabriel below:

Gargoyle tracklisting:

  1. Deaths Head Tattoo
  2. Nocturne
  3. Blue Blue Sea
  4. Beehive
  5. Sister
  6. Emperor
  7. Goodbye To Beauty
  8. Drunk On Destruction
  9. First Day Of Winter
  10. Old Swan

Critical acclaim for Phantom Radio, the previous album from Mark Lanegan Band, released late 2014:

“Lanegan deserves elevation to the front rank of rock artists and Phantom Radio may be the album to finally force that shift.” The Independent – 5 Stars ***** (Album Of The Week)

“A brave inspired step into the unknown.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Like Lee Hazlewood were performing early-80s New Order.” Q – 4 Stars ****

“A beautiful set that balances Lanegan’s ongoing love of blues and folk with further explorations of the electronic terrain he explored on 2012’s Blues Funeral.” Uncut – 8/10

“A graceful record that brings out the very best in the gruff veteran.” NME – 8/10

“A career highlight… The Superb ‘Floor Of The Ocean’ could be the Sisters Of Mercy covering Joy Division, while ‘Torn Red Heart’ might be the most beautiful love song Lanegan has ever recorded.” The Guardian – 4 Stars ****

“Phantom Radio proves that there’s not just mileage left in him still, but that he’s going to lead us to many more places yet.” DIY – 4 Stars ****

“These songs are compelling, bleak, bruising and brilliantly realised… A compelling return.” The Sun – 4 Stars ****

“Phantom Radio builds on the electro leanings of 2012’s Blues Funeral, taking us back to the gloomier bits of the 1980s, with the transitional Joy Division/New Order a reference point.”

The Sunday Times (Album Of The Week)

“His voice, if anything, is getting better with age – grittier by the year and more soulful… There’s no faking this kind of quality.” Classic Rock – 8/10

“Rich in blood, sweat and atmospherics… With no sign of any creative let-up as he approaches his 50th birthday, its time to tune in and feel the spirit.” The Mirror – 4 Stars ****

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Your attention please

It is with a heavy heart that The Afghan Whigs are announcing two special performances of their classic album Black Love in its entirety in New Orleans and Los Angeles along with performances from Mark Lanegan, Ani DiFranco, Morning 40 Federation, King James & The Special Men C.C. Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis, Moby and Carina Round.

Long-time The Afghan Whigs, The Gutter Twins and The Twilight Singers guitarist Dave Rosser was recently diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer.

“Dave Rosser has been my close friend and bandmate for over a decade now,” Greg Dulli commented. “By doing these shows for him we hope to ease any financial stress he may face as he pursues treatment to combat his illness. 100% of the proceeds from these shows will go to his medical care. I’m hopeful that folks will come out and show their support for Dave who will be performing with us.”

The New Orleans show will take place at The Civic Theatre on Saturday December 10th and feature performances from: The Afghan Whigs, Mark Lanegan, Ani DiFranco, Morning 40 Federation, King James & The Special Men, and C.C. Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis along with special guests.

The Los Angeles show will take place on December 14th at The Teragram Ballroom featuring sets from: The Afghan Whigs, Mark Lanegan, Moby and Carina Round.

Tickets for both shows will go on sale this Friday November 4th.

For fans who cannot attend either show, we encourage you to donate to Dave Rosser On Guitar medical fund here: https://www.gofundme.com/daverosser

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Splendour In The Grass and other Australian dates announced

 

Jul 22 Croxton Melbourne, Australia
Jul 23 Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia
Jul 24 Splendour In The Grass Byron Bay Nsw, Australia
Jul 28 Goffert Openlucht Theater Nijmegen, Netherlands
Jul 29 Melkweg The Max Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jul 30 MUSEUM M Leuven, Belgium
Aug 02 Binnenplein Belfort Bruges, Belgium
Aug 03 Primosten – SuperUho Festival Sibenik, Croatia
Aug 05 PALP Festival / Association Grand Mirific Martigny, Switzerland
Aug 06 PALP Festival / Association Grand Mirific Martigny, Switzerland

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US tour dates

US tour dates are below and tickets are available now.

Jun 16 The Magic Bag Ferndale, MI Tickets
Jun 17 Old Town School of Folk Music – Maurer Hall Chicago, IL Tickets
Jun 18 SHANK HALL Milwaukee, WI Tickets
Jun 20 Brighton Music Hall Allston, MA Tickets
Jun 21 Rock & Roll Hotel Washington, DC Tickets
Jun 22 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA Tickets
Jun 23 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY Tickets
Jul 08 Neptune Theatre Seattle, WA Tickets
Jul 09 Star Theatre Portland, OR Tickets
Jul 11 Slim’s San Francisco, CA Tickets
Jul 12 The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles, CA Tickets

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European tour dates added, go on sale 5 Feb

Tickets for the 2016 Spring European tour go on sale on 5th February. A few other tour dates will be announced at a later date.

See you soon.

DATE COUNTRY CITY – VENUE
19/04/16 UK Manchester – Cathedral
20/04/16 UK York – Opera House
21/04/16 UK Glasgow – ABC
22/04/16 UK Aberdeen – Lemon Tree
23/04/16 UK Gateshead – Sage 2
25/04/16 UK Belfast – Empire
26/04/16 IRELAND Dublin – Academy
27/04/16 IRELAND Dublin – Academy
29/04/16 UK Bristol – St Georges Church
30/04/16 UK Brighton – St Georges Church
01/05/16 UK Leeds – City Varieties
02/05/16 UK Birmingham – Glee Club
03/05/16 UK London – Union Chapel
04/05/16 FRANCE Lille – La Peniche
06/05/16 NETHERLANDS Tilburg – 013
07/05/16 NETHERLANDS Utrecht – Tivoli Hertz
09/05/16 FRANCE Paris – Alhambra
10/05/16 GERMANY Cologne – Kulturkirche
11/05/16 BELGIUM Ghent – Vooruit Theaterzaal
12/05/16 BELGIUM Ghent – Vooruit Theaterzaal
14/05/16 NORWAY Oslo – Kulturkirken Jakob
15/05/16 SWEDEN Stockholm – Nalen
16/05/16 SWEDEN Malmo – KB
17/05/16 GERMANY Hamburg – Übel + Gefährlich
18/05/16 GERMANY Berlin – Passionkirche
19/05/16 CZECH REPUBLIC Prague – Lucerna Music Bar
21/05/16 SWITZERLAND St Gallen – Palace
22/05/16 ITALY Bologna – Teatro Antoniano
23/05/16 ITALY Prato – Teatro Metastasio
24/05/16 ITALY Milan – Fabrique
25/05/16 SPAIN Madrid – Teatro Lara
26/05/16 SPAIN Zarautz (nr San Sebastian) – Modelo Aretoa
28/05/16 SPAIN La Coruna – Teatro Rosalia
29/05/16 PORTUGAL Braga – Theatro Circo
30/05/16 PORTUGAL Lisbon – Cinema São Jorge

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