ART BRUT Announce New Album Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! due for release 23rd November via Alcopop! Records
Check out the Eggcellent Video For New Single ‘Hospital!’:
Berlin-based post-punk art rock band, Art Brut, have announced details of their new album, Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! today.
The record was produced by award winning folk musician Jim Moray, and the striking artwork comes courtesy of contemporary German pop artist Jim Avignon—a hugely respected cult figure in the art and Techno subculture in Berlin, he currently lives and works both in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and in Berlin.
Alongside the album, the band are also very pleased to announce a run of UK headline tour dates for February and March 2019 (see below for full listings).
The video for their new single ‘Hospital!’ has a delightfully fragile ‘Eggy Argos’ who traverses the pitfalls of modern life. It’s a stark juxtaposition with the deeply personal track for the band’s larger-than-life front man and huevo-namesake Eddie Argos who, three years ago, found himself dangerously ill in hospital.
“I didn't realise quite how ill I was at the time,” explains Argos, “I was in a German hospital und mein Deutsche is nicht sehr gut. I had a big operation, bigger than they were expecting when they started operating on me, and there were a few complications. They kept me in for nearly a month. It was the most undignified month of my life and although I was very grateful to the surgeons for saving my life and also to the nurses for taking care of me, I despised every fucking minute of time I spent there.
“The only thing that kept me sane was the mantra that eventually became this song. Every single lyric was written and repeated over and over again as I suffered numerous indignities. Songwriting is something I've always used to alleviate stress and on this occasion I really tested it to its limits. What I am most impressed by is that even when I'm at death’s door and pumped full of morphine, staggering around and collapsing all the time, I can still write a comical call-and-response backing vocal to amuse myself.
“I'm very glad not to be in hospital anymore—of course, as this was three years ago, I've broken all the promises I make to myself in this song.”
Art Brut are now comprised of founding members Argos, Ian Catskilkin and Freddy Feedback—whose absence in press shots is due to her extended maternity leave—while Toby Macfarlaine joins on guitar and Charlie Layton joins on drums.
Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! Tracklist:
I Hope You’re Very Happy Together
Good Morning Berlin
She Kissed Me (And It Felt Like A Hit)
Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!
Your Enemies Are My Enemies Too
Art Brut 2018/19 UK Headline Tour Dates:
07.11.18 LONDON, BOSTON MUSIC ROOMS *SOLD OUT*
17.01.19 LONDON, GARAGE
15.02.19 BIRMINGHAM, HARE AND HOUNDS
16.02.19 BRISTOL, THE EXCHANGE
17.02.19 CARDIFF, THE GLOBE
18.02.19 OXFORD, THE BULLINGDON
19.02.19 LIVERPOOL, PHASE ONE
20.02.19 EDINBURGH, SNEAKY PETE’S
21.02.19 GLASGOW, STEREO
22.02.19 MANCHESTER, YES
23.02.19 BRIGHTON, THE HAUNT
02.03.19 SOUTHAMPTON, THE JOINERS
03.03.19 GUILDFORD, BOILEROOM