Jesse Malin has confirmed the March 31 release of his first album in five years, ‘New York Before The War’ (One Little Indian), and an April 11 album release show at the Bowery Ballroom. Early recording sessions began with Don DiLego in rural Virginia and finished at NYC’s Magic Shop and Flux Studios. Co-produced by Malin and Derek Cruz, and engineered and mixed by Brian Thorn (David Bowie, Arcade Fire), ‘New York Before The War’ features a star-studded list of special guests including Peter Buck, Craig Finn, Alejandro Escovedo, Wayne Kramer, and more. The core band for the record features Catherine Popper (Jack White, Ryan Adams, Puss N Boots), Randy Schrager (Scissor Sisters), Derek Cruz (St. Marks Social), Don DiLego (Beautiful Small Machines) and Paul Garisto (Psychedelic Furs).
Malin describes his first new song “Addicted” as “The Ramones meet Paul Simon,” adding, “I wanted to make a record that encompassed everything I’ve been through, since I started out in a hardcore band when I was twelve years old through my solo career, but I also wanted to challenge myself and the listeners who have been with me on this journey.” Listen to “Addicted,” which premiered on WSJ Speakeasy, here: https://soundcloud.com/onelittleindianrecords/jesse-malin-addicted/s-Z91BA
Pared down from almost forty songs, Malin scrapped the majority and focused on making ‘New York Before The War’ about the “daily battle we have to keep the human spirit alive.” Looking out of his apartment window to see “The War” painted on the side of an old building, Jesse began questioning everything he believed in. “I tried to carve out a place where I could once again exist and sat down and wrote the rest of this record.”
Malin – who has collaborated and shared the stage with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Gogol Bordello, and many others – calls the album “a metaphor for surviving in an ever changing, rapidly desensitized world while trying to find a way to live truly.”