“The Clown” By Mega Bog
Mega Bog AKA: Erin Elizabeth Birgy announces her album End of Everything, and first for Mexican Summer will drop on May 19, via Mexican Summer. Along with the news, Mega Bog has shared lead single/video, “The Clown.”
Living in Los Angeles, against the backdrop of horrifying forest fires, she questioned what perspective to use moving forward in such dumbfounded awe. Deciding to seize something tangible, she produced a record that spoke of surrender, of mourning, and support in the face of tumultuous self-reflection. Turning to a more direct songwriting approach and a new synth-heavy palette, “The Clown” serves as an apocalyptic end while making space for new possibilities as it arrives at its sweeping climax.
In Birgy’s words: “‘The Clown’ is about the terrible, sensual, and chaotic release of merging one’s own multitudes, showing love to the darkness and insecurities, having curiosity about what is beyond presumed perceptions – surrendering to the uncontrollables, while nourishing the small statues of what we do have control over within ourselves.”
End of Everything was recorded with James Krivchenia (Big Thief) who co-produced the record with Birgy and played drums, bringing his rhythmic mastery and wild percussive spirit. Krivchenia also mixed the record and co-engineered it with Phil Hartunian. The album’s fantastical textures and heavy polyphony owe a great deal to synthesizer maestro and pianist Aaron Otheim. Zach Burba, one of the founding members of Mega Bog, plays bass, while Will Segerstrom, Meg Duffy (Hand Habits), and Jackson Macintosh (Drugdealer, TOPS) contribute electric guitars. Westerman lent a thick yearning spirit and voice to “Love Is,” helping seal the fated dancefloor transcendence Birgy had long been dreaming of. A seemingly disparate jukebox of sounds – ranging from Thin Lizzy, Bronski Beat, Franco Battiato and Ozzy Osbourne to 90’s house classics like Haddaway’s “What is Love” and Corona’s “Rhythm of the Night” – foregrounded a new punchy theatricality in Birgy’s music.
End Of Everything
1. Cactus People
2. The Clown
3. Love Is
4. Don’t Doom Me Now
5. All and Everything
7. Complete Book of Roses
8. End of Everything
Mega Bog 2023 Tour Dates
Wed. May 31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Fri. June 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
Sun. Aug. 13 – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug & Pint
Mon. Aug. 14 – Manchester, UK @ YES (Basement)
Tue. Aug. 15 – Brighton, UK @ The Prince Albert
Wed. Aug. 16 – London, UK @ The Lexington
Thu. Aug. 17 – Sun. Aug. 20 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Pre-order End Of Everything by Mega Bog HERE
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