omfg Art Brut is back 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
I really wish I had recorded my reaction when I saw the email that started with “ART BRUT ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM” because I’m pretty sure I looked like I was having a seizure, which is fitting because the newest single from the forthcoming album, Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!, is called “Hospital!”. The song details singer Eddie Argos’ reaction to being in a German hospital for almost a full month after having a surgery that had a few complications.
"The only thing that kept me sane was the mantra that eventually became this song,” Argos said. “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.”
As a longtime fan since the Bang Bang Rock & Roll days I am very glad to hear that said ordeal is three years behind Argos, although I’m not sure to what extent we should be concerned that he playfully added, “I've broken all the promises I make to myself in this song.”
It’s been 7 YEARS since the London rockers released their last studio full length, Brilliant! Tragic! so my near seizure-like reaction was the appropriate response. Fortunately we don’t have to wait too terribly long for Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!. It drops on November 23rd.
In addition to the album announcement, you lucky folks across the pond get to see the band live as early as November 7th. No word on US/North American dates yet but I’m sure those are coming, too.
Oh oh and there’s a music video for the song starring “Eggy Argos” (lol) that’s super cute and worth a watch too!
Art Brut Live Dates:
11/7/18 LONDON, U.K. BOSTON MUSIC ROOMS *SOLD OUT*
1/17/19 LONDON, U.K. GARAGE
2/15/19 BIRMINGHAM, U.K. HARE AND HOUNDS
2/16/19 BRISTOL, U.K. THE EXCHANGE
2/17/19 CARDIFF, U.K. THE GLOBE
2/18/19 OXFORD, U.K. THE BULLINGDON
2/19/19 LIVERPOOL, U.K. PHASE ONE
2/20/19 EDINBURGH, U.K. SNEAKY PETE’S
2/21/19 GLASGOW, U.K. STEREO
2/22/19 MANCHESTER, U.K. YES
2/23/19 BRIGHTON, U.K. THE HAUNT
3/2/19 SOUTHAMPTON, U.K. THE JOINERS
3/3/19 GUILDFORD, U.K. BOILEROOM