Mark Lanegan Band


Aug 21, 2017 – 8:00 PM

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Heavenly Recordings are thrilled to announce the release of Gargoyle, the new album from Mark Lanegan Band on April 28th. The 10-track LP featuresguest appearances from long-time collaborators Josh Homme, Greg Dulli and Duke Garwood. Lead trackNocturne is currently premiering on Stereogum and can be heard HERE. Early in 2016, Mark was at home in LA, working on some ideas for what might turn into his next album when he got an email from a friend, an English musician named Rob Marshall, thanking Mark for contributing to a new project he was putting together, Humanist. The pair first met in 2008, when Marshalls former band Exit Calm supported Soulsavers, who Mark was singing with at the time. Now Rob was offering to write Mark some music to return the favor:I was like, Hey man, Im getting ready to make a record, if youve got anything? Mark recalls. Three days later he sent me *10 things !In the meantime, Mark had writtenBlue Blue Sea, a rippling mood piece that he thought might be a more fruitful direction for his new record. Its almost always how my records start, he explains. I let the first couple of songs tell me what the next couple should sound like, and its really the same process when Im writing words. Whatever my first couple of lines are tell me what the next couple should be. Ive always built things like that, sort of like making a sculpture I guess.Within an hour, Mark had written words and vocal lines for two of the pieces Rob had cooked up at Mount Sion Studios in Kent and pinged through the virtual clouds to California. Rob's music fitted perfectly with the direction Mark had been pondering: in essence, a more expansive progression from the moody Krautrock-influenced electronica textures of his two previous albums,Blues FuneralandPhantom Radio. Eventually, Rob Marshall would co-write six of the songs on the new Mark Lanegan Band album. I was very thankful to become reacquainted with him, Mark deadpans.The remainder of the album was written, recorded and produced by Lanegan's longtime musical amanuensis Alain Johannes at his 11 AD base in West Hollywood. Everything was done and dusted within a month, unusually fast by Lanegans recent standards.I definitely feel like Im a better songwriting than I was 15 years ago, he says. I dont know if Im just kidding myself or what, but its definitely easier now to make something that is satisfying to me. Maybe Im just easier on myself these days, but its definitely not as painful a process, and therefore I feel Im better at it now. But part of the way that I stay interested in making music is by collaborating with other people. When I see things through somebody elses perspective its more exciting than if Im left to my own devices.While sharing roots with its two predecessors, on Gargoyle theres a significant up-shift in the swaggering powerlode of such keynote songs as Nocturne and Beehive, while the lyrics tonal palette is more varied.The album title comes from a lyric in Blue Blue Sea Gargoyle perched on gothic spire and was chosen for its hint of self-deprecation.Im most proud of the songs that are atypical to stuff that Ive done in the past says Mark.So I really like Old Swan, because its an expression of positivity, which is completely anti-anything Ive done before! He laughs. Yknow, I havent played this record for too many people yet. I played it for Greg Dulli, who played on some of it, and he was like, Wow, I had to listen to it twice it sounds like hes having a good timeIt's been a long journey travelled, not always easy, but in 2017, at the age of 52,Lanegan's got the look of permanence about him. Like that gargoyle on the gothic spire.
Mark Lanegan: Mark Lanegan (born November 25, 1964 in Ellensburg, Washington) is a singer and songwriter. He has had a noteworthy career as a solo artist, but is best known for his tenure as the lead singer of the Screaming Trees, a band that was part of the Seattle grunge phenomenon of the 1990s.

The Screaming Trees put out their first album, Clairvoyance in 1986 and recorded 9 albums and EPs of original material between 1986 and 1996. The band was among the pioneers of Seattle's grunge music phenomenon, but never achieved the success or notoriety of contemporary Seattle grunge acts such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Lanegan's solo career began while he was still working with the Screaming Trees, but has continued beyond the band's dissolution in 1996.

In 1990, Lanegan released his first solo album, The Winding Sheet, on the legendary label Sub Pop, which also hosted Nirvana and many others. Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain was a notable guest artist on this album, appearing on the tracks "Down in the Dark" and "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" as a backing vocalist and guitar player, respectively. Nirvana's bass player Krist Novoselic played bass on the latter track (a Leadbelly cover) which would later appear on Nirvana's Unplugged album. The Winding Sheet was a modest commercial success, and Lanegan has recorded five more full-length albums since then.

Lanegan's solo albums show more distinct blues and folk influences than his work with Screaming Trees. This is most apparent on the 1999 album I'll Take Care of You, on which Lanegan covers songs by prominent folk and R&B artists such as Tim Hardin and Booker T. and the MGs.

On his latest album, Bubblegum (2004), Lanegan was joined by a cadre of prominent artists, including P. J. Harvey, Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age, Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs, and Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses. Also appearing on Bubblegum is Lanegan's ex-wife, Wendy Rae Fowler. The favorably reviewed album is his most commercially successful to date, reaching number 39 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.

Lanegan also frequently appears as a guest on other artist's records. He has been a major contributor to (although not a full-time member of) Queens of the Stone Age. Joining his friend Joshua Homme, who supported the Screaming Trees as their touring guitarist in 1996, Lanegan's distinctive vocals are featured on many of QOTSA's most notable hits (Hangin' Tree, Song for the Dead, and In the Fade, among others). Improbably, he also recorded a song by Sandra Boynton, "Sneakers", for her 2005 rock-and-roll children's album, "Dog Train." He has worked with Mad Season, Masters of Reality, Melissa Auf der Maur, Martina Topley-Bird, Mondo Generator and The Twilight Singers.

In September of 2005, Lanegan performed with Greg Dulli in Europe as the Gutter Twins. Other current projects include a collaboration with Isobel Campbell called "Ballad of the Broken Seas" will be released in early 2006, an album recorded with former Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd's band Hater, as well as a Gutter Twins studio album.

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