Set to release Phantom Radio on 20th October, Mark Lanegan Band shares a second cut ‘Harvest Home.’
Mark Lanegan’s chief compositional tool on Phantom Radio was his phone – specifically an app called Funk Box. “I didn’t bother to hook up my 909 and 808 this time,” he says, “because the app had ’em. I’d write drum parts with it then add music with the synthesizer or the guitar.” The album grew organically from these synthetic roots, taking in Mark’s ongoing love of Krautrock and also an ’80s new wave show on Sirius satellite radio, his favoured aural companion as he drives around Los Angeles. “They have a few good shows but the ‘80s one in particular I like,” he says. “That’s the music that was happening when I started making music. And although the Trees drew on Nuggets psychedelia, 13th Floor Elevators and Love, we were actually listening to Echo And The Bunnymen, Rain Parade, the Gun Club. A lot of British post-punk. We loved that stuff. I just waited until I was in my late forties before I started ripping it off.”
Phantom Radio will be released 20th October on Flooded Soil / Heavenly Recordings.
The band head out on an extensive European tour next year, running from January through to March 2015. The tour will touch down in the UK for the following shows, including a performance at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London:
Thursday 29 January – PORTSMOUTH – Pyramids