The new Gene Loves Jezebel studio album is due for release on 1st December. Entitled ‘Love Death Sorrow’ the album features twelve newly recorded tracks.
Supporting the release, the band are also playing some UK dates. Confirmed so far are shows at Moles in Bath on 9th December, and at The Lexington in London on the 10th. There will be support at both shows from Dawn After Dark. See our Shows page to see links for tickets or follow the BandsInTown links.
The new album, ‘Love Death Sorrow’, was recorded back in March, in Wales, and like every other GLJ album, has its own individuality – although you will hear hints of The House Of Dolls and Heavenly Bodies lurking like shadows on its wall – with a warm and cohesive production by Peter Walsh.
The opener, ‘The Man That Time Forgot’ is classic ‘gothic horror’, but where Bela Lugosi may be dead, the vampire here is very much alive. ‘Breathe Easy’ has existed for at least 21 years, yet remained unrecorded by GLJ, and now finally gets its overdue release. Those familiar with the Ugly Buggs release of 2011 will recognise four songs. The new Jezebel versions maintain a similarity although the introspective and vulnerable ‘You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore’ is embellished with a more resolute ending flourish. The album features five cover versions – by The Cure, Magazine, The Only Ones, Edwyn Collins and Marianne Faithfull – fresh takes that do justice to the well known originals whilst bringing a new resonance. Jay is in fine voice throughout while Pete, James and Smiley bring their reliable dexterity as expected.
Tracklisting is: 1. The Man That Time Forgot 2. The Light Pours Out Of Me 3. Serpent Queen 4. Broken English 5. Breathe Easy 6. A Girl Like You 7. The Foolish Young 8. In Between Days 9. Young Girl 10. You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore 11. Lone Rider 12. Another Girl Another Planet
Jay will be performing at The Rec Rooms in Horsham, West Sussex on 15th September.
Support will come from The Absolute Loves, a band that features an early member of Gene Loves Jezebel, Stephen Marshall. Stephen played bass on the first album, Promise.
Incidentally, The Absolute Loves once featured GLJ fan Simon ‘Pooh’ Burgess on guitar, who sadly died in 2018.
Tickets are £10 (plus an additional ‘fee’ of £1.16). This event will be backed by a ‘National Lottery Revive Live Campaign’ and so by purchasing any full price ticket you will qualify for an additional ticket for free.
Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel will be taking their 40th Anniversary Tour over to North America this month. After the two dates at Pasadena’s Cruel World Festival, the band will embark on a 31-date tour of the US, with a date in Canada at Toronto.
The dates and ticket links will be available through Bandsintown soon, but the shows will be as per the list sown below.
There are two venue changes on the upcoming UK tour. The Wolverhampton show on Friday 29th April will now take place at NAC (Newhampton Arts Centre), and the London show on Sunday 1st May will now be at Nambucca, on Holloway Road.
Tickets for the original venues will remain valid.
The Mission have unfortunately had to once again postpone the dates for the European leg of their Deja Vu tour, which Gene Loves Jezebel were to support during the shows in Portugal and Spain. The dates have been rescheduled to April 2023 as follows:
Tuesday 25 – Wolf – BARCELONA, Spain Wednesday 26 – Sala Mon – MADRID, Spain Thursday 27 – Lisboa Ao Vivo – LISBON, Portugal Friday 28 – Hard Club – PORTO, Portugal Saturday 29 – Hard Club – PORTO, Portugal Sunday 30 – Republic – VALENCIA, Spain
James, with his band The West London All Stars, has a one-off pre-Christmas show on Sunday 12 December. It will take place at Pizza Express Live, 99 High Holborn in London. The band features Gene Loves Jezebel’s Peter Bugg Rizzo and their recent stand-in drummer, Smiley, together with Terry Edwards, Patrick Ralla, Elizabeth Westwood and Jennie ‘Belle Star’ Matthias, with a special guest appearance by pianist Harriet Stubbs. Smiley will also be the opening act.
Jay has four further solo appearances this month. He will be the opening act for Dead Men Walking on dates to celebrate the release, on Friday 5 November, of their new studio album, Freedom – It Ain’t On The Rise.
Dead Men Walking are made up of Kirk Brandon of Theatre of Hate/Spear of Destiny together with Segs Jennings and Dave Ruffy of The Ruts, and Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers. They perform versions of their own repertoire alongside classic covers and songs from their new album.
In November Jay will be doing two intimate shows at Arnside in the Lake District. They are being put on by Moochin’ About, the purveyors of jazz who have a Jazz & Blues café in the town, and these shows will be held at the Arnside Sailing Club on The Promenade.
On Thursday 18th November the first evening will comprise a Q&A with Jay, hosted by John Robb, and followed by a short set. On Friday 19th, Jay will perform a full set.
These performances will be dedicated to the remembrance of Jo McLaughlin, who sadly died young and suddenly earlier this year.