With the release of new album Gargoyle just over a week away on 28th April, and already the subject of many rave reviews, Mark Lanegan Band has shared a surreal video to new single “Beehive”, directed by Zhang and Knight. Fascinated by the dark and dystopic, Zhang and Knight are two London based film-makers. Specialising in showing beauty in unusual matters, this film was created to be a metaphor for ageing in our society.
Mark Lanegan Band will be touring Europe throughout the summer, beginning in the UK with the below June dates which include a Glastonbury festival appearance:
Monday 19th June – BIRMINGHAM – Library
Tuesday 20th June – GLASGOW – Garage
Wednesday 21st June – MANCHESTER – Ritz
Thursday 22nd June – LONDON – KOKO
Friday 23rd June – PILTON – Glastonbury Festival
Early press acclaim for Gargoyle, released next week on Heavenly Recordings:
“Bringing diverse soundscapes and lyrical moods into a hugely enjoyable whole, Lanegan ascends to goth-synth perfection… A triumph.” MOJO – 5 Stars *****
“Think Depeche Mode at their darkest and pitch-shift Dave Gahan’s voice down an octave, and you’re close to the appeal of Gargoyle, Lanegan’s darkly compelling new album.”
Uncut – 8/10
“Gargoyle takes the electronic bedrock of its predecessor and kicks it up a notch.” Q – 4 Stars ****
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 Marshall’s 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 favour: “I was like, Hey man, I’m getting ready to make a record, if you’ve got anything?’” Mark recalls. “Three days later he sent me *10 things… !”
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 Funeral’ and ‘Phantom 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. While sharing roots with its two predecessors, on Gargoyle there’s a significant up-shift in the swaggering powerlode of such keynote songs as “Nocturne” and “Beehive”, while the lyrics’ tonal palette is more varied. It’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….