Sunday, July 15, 2012
Older and wiser perhaps, but Gallon Drunk are no less menacing. Following the tragic illness and death of their bassist Simon Wring, the bruising Brit thug rockers have resurfaced as a three-piece with the intense new single A Thousand Years (available via iTunes) and suitably unsettling video (see below). Taken together with the previous single You Made Me – issued in the UK a few months back – it certainly bodes well for Gallon Drunk's forthcoming album The Road Gets Darker From Here now set for release on September 11 after initially being slated for August 14th.
Have a look at the press release:
Recorded at Clouds Hills Recordings in Hamburg during the summer of 2011, produced by Johann Scheerer (Faust/Robots In Disguise), Gallon Drunk bring the considerable power of their renowned live performances to the new album The Road Gets Darker From Here which will be available on heavyweight vinyl, CD and download.
Featuring founding frontman and former member of Nick Cave's Bad Seeds wrecking crew James Johnston (vocals, organ, guitar, harmonica, piano, and bass), Terry Edwards (bass, saxophone and percussion) and Ian White (drums, percussion), the trio have refocused their utterly distinctive musical vision with a collection of impassioned songs, imbued with pure mania, despair and abandonment.
At the state of the art analogue recording studio, Scheerer recorded the band playing the songs live, direct to two-inch tape. This gave a warmth, richness and depth of sound to the recording. Coupled with the band members’ own recent experiences, playing and recording with the likes of Lydia Lunch’s Big Sexy Noise, Faust, Nick Cave, Tom Waits and The Tindersticks, this brought an open minded freshness to the sessions.
From the insistent, slide guitar driven ‘A Thousand Years’, through the exhilaratingly sleazy, deranged rock ‘n’ roll of ‘You Made Me’ (the first single to be released from the album, in the UK and Europe only), the menacing melancholia of ‘Stuck In My Head’ (featuring French singer Marion Andrau of Underground Railroad), to the desperate eruption of guitar fury of ‘Hanging On’, this is classic, unfettered Gallon Drunk. Also including the fever dream boogie of ‘The Big Breakdown’, before the final haunting, enigmatic psychodrama ‘The Perfect Dancer’ - a miasma of hallucinatory guitars, Hammond organs and slinky voodoo drums - the album is an utterly captivating experience.
A Thousand Years
You Made Me