CHUCK PROPHET kündigt für den 15. Mai ein neues Studioalbum an. Dieses trägt den Namen "The Land That Time Forgot" und wird auf Yep Roc erscheinen. Die Songs des Albums entstanden in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Dichter klipschutz. Gemeinsam erinnern sie sich an die heimische Bay Area, die für die Künstler zeitlosen Rock’n’Roll repräsentiert, da sie gleichzeitig für Hoffnung und Verzweiflung steht.
Mit "Marathon" liegt zudem ein brandneuer Vorbote vor. Passend dazu zeigt PROPHET ein Musikvideo, das auf die Unterhaltungsindustrie der Great Depression in den 1920er Jahren anspielt:
"There's twisted psychology to the Depression-era dance marathons," so PROPHET. "And like Wrestling or the Kardashians, it's all rigged. But we don't want to believe it. The Marathons blurred the line between theatre and reality."
Der Amerikaner zeigte mit dem Song "Get Off The Stage" bereits seine Affinität zu politisch-sozialen Themen. Der Track setzt sich thematisch mit Protest-Songs der 60er Jahre auseinander.
The Land That Time Forgot Tracklist
Best Shirt On
High As Johnny Thunders
Paying My Respects to the Train
Willie and Nilli
Love Doesn’t Come from the Barrel of a Gun
Meet Me at the Roundabout
Get Off the Stage
Chuck Prophet Announces The Land That Time Forgot, a "21st Century Exorcism" from Silicon Valley to the White House
New album out May 15th on Yep Roc Records
Watch the music video for "Marathon", inspired by the twisted twisting of Great Depression-era dance marathons HERE
On May 15th, Chuck Prophet will release The Land That Time Forgot, his new album out on Yep Roc Records. Most of the record’s dozen songs were co-written by Prophet and klipschutz, his longtime collaborator. Together, they recall the melancholy wonder of their native Bay Area, a land that, to the acclaimed songwriters, represents the hope and despair that makes rock’n’roll so timeless, even if it’s now full of â€œrobots with ironic haircuts. It’s a darker, more present take on Americana and all its beautiful losers.
Priced out of his home turf, Prophet recorded the album with producer Kenny Siegal (Langhorne Slim, Amanda Palmer, The New Pornographers) on the New York-Vermont border, where he could look upon his hometown with fresh distance. With a new drive and new hooks, he orients himself around an array of locations real and imagined - including SF’s Tenderloin District, an English roundabout, and "Nixonland" - while hanging out with a love-struck mirror and the ghosts of Johnny Thunders, Willie Wonka, and John the Baptist, and contemplating the train that carried Abraham Lincoln home for the final time. It’s everything you’d expect from a Chuck Prophet record and more.
Though The Land That Time Forgot is one of Prophet’s more tender albums, his new song "Marathon" is mutant rock ’n’ roll at its finest¦ full of driving motorik bass, Everly Brothers-in-space guitars and vocal harmonies courtesy of Stephanie Finch. As the album reexamines the West Coast, the music video for "Marathon" channels the dance-a-thons of the Great Depression. To Prophet, these were the first reality TV shows, and they're not too out of place in today's gig economy.
"There's twisted psychology to the Depression-era dance marathons," says Prophet. "And like Wrestling or the Kardashians, it's all rigged. But we don't want to believe it. The Marathons blurred the line between theatre and reality." Watch the music video here.
The Land That Time Forgot is available for pre-order today: https://ffm.to/landtimeforgot
Prophet has already released the album’s call-to-arms closer, "Get Off the Stage," a political takedown akin to the classic protest songs of the 60s via The Great Dictator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRLPZvyO4ic
This spring, Prophet will tour around the world, playing both solo gigs and with his longtime band The Mission Express. He’ll also play various showcases at this year’s SXSW, including Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion. Full touring route is below.