New Steve Wynn & M3 Due from Yep Roc

 

 

“Psychedelic, greasy,
sneaky, manic, wise, seasoned, nervous and ragged in all the right places.”
Yep. Sounds like Wynn to us.

 

By Blurt Staff 

 

Earlier this month we published a lengthy interview with
Steve Wynn
, talking about his early band the Dream Syndicate’s 1984 album Medicine Show, and towards the end of
the conversation he disclosed that he was putting the finishing touches on a
new studio album from his current band the Miracle 3, recorded in Richmond and
in the process of being mixed in NYC.

 

Titled Northern Aggression,
it’s the first M3 album in five years, for as Wynn put it, “We’ve been playing
in the meantime, and I love the band, but I’ve also been doing different things
and everyone had stuff going on so we didn’t do it until now.”

 

Well, the wait was worth it, particularly if you’re willing
to wait until Nov. 30 as that’s when Yep Roc will do the release honors. A tour
will no doubt follow, so meanwhile, here’s the official word from the label to
get you thinking about all this and more…

 

 

Steve Wynn remembers
the day that he and the Miracle 3 entered the city limits of Richmond, VA last
fall ready to embark on recording the band’s first new album together in more
than five years.  Wynn got on the phone with his old pal and band mate Stephen
McCarthy who jokingly warned him to “leave your northern aggression at the
door.”  The phrase seemed funny, ironic, apropos and, as a result,
naturally became the favorite catch phrase of the session and, inevitably, the
title.

 

Wynn and his partners
in crime were the fast talking, hard hitting, hyped-up, tightly coiled Yankees –
that’s not a baseball reference, let’s save that for Wynn’s other combo, The
Baseball Project – sliding into the slower, easier, drawling, mysterious
Southern lifestyle for a week.  Anyone who has followed Wynn’s long
recording history knows his love for throwing himself into unfamiliar
territory, leaving open the possibility of surprise, befuddlement, inspiration
and adventure.

 

Working with the
father-son engineering team of Bruce and Adrian Olsen (the former engineered
both Gutterball albums) allowed Wynn and the band, which includes Jason Victor,
Linda Pitmon and Dave Decastro, the chance to work around the clock. 
Bruce was behind the board at 8 a.m.; Adrian would close up shop about 18 hours
later.  They all slept at some point in between.  As for the result?
Northern Aggression -the title is a
reference to what some below the Mason Dixon line call the Civil War- is
psychedelic, greasy, sneaky, manic, wise, seasoned, nervous and ragged in all
the right places. Mixed in Brooklyn by
Nicolas Vernhes (Spoon, Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective, Stephen Malkmus) this is no civil war, no bloody
battle, no historical reenactment.  No, this is Wynn and the Miracle 3
doing what they do best-colliding against each other and their surroundings,
not holding back and barely taking stock until all was done.  It’s what
they do.  To paraphrase Ornette Coleman, this is their Northern Aggression.  Enjoy.

 

 

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