Mark Lanegan Announces Two Upcoming Albums, Reveals New Music Video

Mark Lanegan Band is set to return with its first releases since 2012’s Blues Funeral, with an EP and an LP coming soon. Lanegan will release his upcoming five-track EP No Bells on Sunday through Vagrant Records in North America on July 29 and Heavenly Recordings in Europe on August 25. These five tracks will serve as an introduction to his full-length album Phantom Radio coming later in the fall.

Following a limited edition vinyl release of the EP, CD and digital copies will be made available when Phantom Radio is released. Lanegan has also premiered the new Steve Gullick-directed music video for the song “Sad Lover,” which is featured on No Bells on Sunday, and can be listened to below.

Phantom Radio, produced by Alain Johannes and previewed by this new song, follows in a similar sound and vein as 2012’s Blues Funeral. The album is set to include some upbeat rock tunes influenced by psychedelia and Krautrock but trademarked with Lanegan’s classic baritone and poetic lyrics. As previewed on Seattle’s KEXP 90.3 with songs “Judgement Time,” and “I Am The Wolf,” Phantom Radio will also include bluesy, less upbeat tracks.

Lanegan says of the new material: “I’m less apt to throw away a song that might be a little weird nowadays. I can make it work with whatever I’ve got going.” Discussing its 1980s influences, he states: “although [Screaming 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.”

No Bells on Sunday tracklist:
Dry Iced
No Bells On Sunday
Sad Lover
Jonas Pap
Smokestack Magic