(single taken from Gargoyle, out 28 April 2017 via Heavenly Recordings)
With new album Gargoyle due for release 28 April 2017 on Heavenly Recordings, Mark Lanegan Band have shared a second track from this much-anticipated LP in the form of new single ‘Beehive’. With its addictive hooks and irresistible swagger, ‘Beehive’ brilliantly exemplifies the surprising new musical paths Lanegan has forged for himself in recent years.
Listen to ‘Beehive’ here
The 10-track LP features guest appearances from long-time collaborators Josh Homme, Greg Dulli and Duke Garwood. An extensive European tour has also been announced throughout the summer, beginning in the UK and one which includes a Glastonbury festival appearance.
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…!”
In the meantime, Mark had written ‘Blue Blue Sea’, a rippling mood piece that he thought might be a more fruitful direction for his new record. “It’s 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 it’s really the same process when I’m writing words. Whatever my first couple of lines are tell me what the next couple should be. I’ve always built things like that, sort of like making a sculpture I guess.” Eventually, Rob Marshall would co-write six of the songs on the new Mark Lanegan album. “I was very thankful to become reacquainted with him,” Mark deadpans.
While sharing roots with its two predecessors, on Gargoyle there’s a significant up-shift in the swaggering powerlode of keynote songs such as as ‘Nocturne’, 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.
GARGOYLE IS OUT 28 APRIL 2017