Days of Surrender arrived last week on Lonely Astronaut Records; artist plans to tour US as well.
By Blurt Staff
Joseph Arthur never does anything exactly like other artists. In fact, he often goes out of his way to do things markedly differently. To wit: his new album.
“This is a living, breathing artifact of my own little journey through the bizarre contours of rock ‘n’ roll,” says Arthur, as he combines his success in the art world with his latest album, Days of Surrender. The album is only available on a USB drive that comes with a limited edition packaging paired with signed art prints and original paintings.
One single CD of Days of Surrender from the mastering plant will be available, and can only be bought with the purchase of Arthur’s touring van, recently painted as an art piece. This is the same van that was seized and auctioned by the City of New York, as reported in The New York Times. The cost: $14,999.00.
For over a decade, Joseph has been exhibiting his artwork worldwide and online at the Museum of Modern Arthur. “I celebrate this road I’ve taken by turning the vehicle into a holy roller,” adds Joseph. “And beyond that, to package the last album I make in this style in its player (which still works great).”
“I was struck by the strength and visceral quality of Jo’s paintings. They seem to connect to Expressionism, Art Brut, Basquiat and the Graffiti movement,” says Peter Gabriel, who first signed Joseph in America. “I remember encouraging him to take the painting seriously and it has been great to watch its evolution. Jo is a really unusual, interesting and talented artist in music and art.”
June 2 – Seattle, WA The Triple Door
June 5 – Portland, OR Doug Fir
June 6 – San Francisco, CA The Chapel
June 9 – Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
June 20 – Croton-on-Hudson, NY Clearwater Festival
June 27 – New York, NY City Winery
July 24 – San Diego, CA The Casbah
Aug 26 – New York, NY City Winery
Sept 19 – Montclair, NJ Outpost in the Burbs
Nov 6 – Vienna, VA Jammin Java