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
The band are currently in a studio in the Welsh countryside to record a brand new album. As yet unnamed, it will comprise 12 tracks and, for the first time, will include some cover versions.
Producing the album for Cleopatra Records will be the stalwart producer of GLJ albums, Peter Walsh. Alongside, Jay, James and Pete will be drummer Smiley, who has appeared with the band on their recent 2022 UK tour.
We will have more details, release dates and track-listing, in due course.
James Stevenson’s second solo album, ‘The Other Side Of The World’, is out today and available for streaming and digital download from all usual sources. The CD is available from his website.
The album is getting great reviews and has ‘album of the week’ at Metal Talk. Developing the intimate feel of his debut, ‘Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over’ of 2014, the new album is richer and more confident.
James Stevenson will release a follow up to Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over on 9th July. The new one is called The Other Side Of The World, a reference to his brother, David, tragically succumbing to Pick’s Disease (a neurological brain disorder) last year.
Assisted by drummer Smiley and guest musicians including Henry Badowski, Terry Edwards, Jessica Lee Morgan, Elizabeth Westwood, Tracie Hunter, Mike Peters, Rana Rains and Harriet Stubbs, the album is produced by Peter Walsh.
Pete, under the name Peter ‘Bugg’ Rizzo, has released a collection of solo work, in an album called Songs From The North. It comprises ten tracks, including those he released via YouTube in 2015-16. Pete plays every instrument on this self-produced release, with additional backing vocals from Juliette Risingham and Jay Aston. All proceeds from Bandcamp sales will go to The Rosa Fund charity, which supports women’s organisations.
Ugly Buggs – Jay Aston and Pete Rizzo – have reissued their self-titled album in an extended format. This features the original ten tracks plus the various singles that followed. There are also alternative versions making this a comprehensive nineteen track edition.
Available now, you can download the album or individual tracks, in your choice of digital formats, at the Ugly Buggs Bandcamp page.
Released today and available for immediate download is TOS2020, Wayne Hussey and The Mission’s remake of their classic Tower of Strength. Dedicated to front-line workers dealing with Covid-19 with all proceeds going to various charities, the song features various friends of the band who were invited to participate. Along with Jay, the song features a host of artists – Andy Rourke, Billy Duffy, Budgie, Evi Vine, Gary Numan, James Alexander Graham, Julianne Regan, Kevin Haskins, Kirk Brandon, Lol Tolhurst, Martin Gore, Michael Ciravolo, Midge Ure, Miles Hunt, Rachel Goswell, Richard Fortus, Robin Finck, Steve Clarke, Tim Palmer, Trentemøller, and also Michael Aston – all independently contributing to the project. There are various mixes of the song available for download, CD or vinyl, along with t-shirts.
James has his 2014 solo album, Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over, now available on vinyl. Until now it has only been available in limited numbers – including to pledgers of the new Gene Loves Jezebel album, Dance Underwater – but is now on general sale via his website.
It is a blue vinyl edition with gatefold sleeve.
Written by James and produced by Peter Walsh, many of the songs feature Peter Rizzo on bass and/or Chris Bell on drums, with Jay co-writing one of the songs. On Go Mister, you will find both Pete and Chris alongside James.