Yes, indeed. What’s up with the chick and the eyepatch, though?
By Blurt Staff
Following the tragic illness and death of their bassist
Simon Wring, Britain’s swamp-skronk maestros Gallon Drunk return as a three
piece featuring founder/frontman (and former Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds member)
James Johnston (vocals, organ, guitar, harmonica, piano, and bass), Terry
Edwards (bass, saxophone and percussion) and Ian White (drums, percussion). The
new album is The Road Gets Darker From
Here and it drops August 14.
How much darker, you ask? Consult this utterly twisted video
for the track “You Made Me” and decide for yourself:
Recorded at Clouds Hills Recordings in Hamburg during the summer of 2011 and produced
by Johann Scheerer (Faust/Robots In Disguise), the album features the band
playing the songs live, direct to two-inch tape. We are advised:
From the insistent, slide guitar driven
‘A Thousand Years’ (first US single, out July 13th), 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.
Well, all right, then! For those of you – like the BLURT
braintrust – who poured over the many Gallon Drunk releases back in the day
(particularly 1992’s You, The Night… and
the Music and 1999’s Black Milk),
this will be a welcome return. As Britain’s Clash mag astutely noted, “Gallon Drunk are one of the
finest purveyors of deep, dark, destitute rock ‘n’ roll that this country has
produced in the last thirty years. No, scrap that. Ever.”
Fall shows for the band will be announced soon.