October 31, 2018
Eddie Argos Gives Exclusive Stereogum Interview | New Art Brut LP Out 11/23 Via Alcopop! Records
WATCH & SHARE: Art Brut – “Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!”
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Stereogum has done an in-depth interview with Art Brut lead singer Eddie Argos. The interview catches up with Eddie to see what he and the rest of the band have been up to since the group’s last LP was released seven years ago. Art Brut recently announced their new LP Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!. Along with the album announce, they also shared their new single “Hospital!”, which is out now on all DSP’s. Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! is out 11/23 on Alcopop! Records and is produced by award-winning folk musician Jim Moray.
Berlin-based post-punk art rock band, Art Brut, are delighted to announce details of their new album, Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!, which will be released on 23rd November via Alcopop! Records.
The record’s striking artwork comes courtesy of contemporary German pop artist Jim Avignon—a hugely respected cult figure in the art and Techno subculture in Berlin, he currently lives and works both in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and in Berlin.
Alongside the album, the band are also very pleased to announce a run of UK headline tour dates for February and March 2019 (see below for full listings).
The band’s forthcoming London headline show at Boston Music Room on 7th November sold out in just 24 hours, and they play a further London headline show on 17th January at The Garage.
To celebrate the news the band have revealed the video for their new single ‘Hospital!’ today, in which a delightfully fragile ‘Eggy Argos’ traverses the pitfalls of modern life. It’s a stark juxtaposition with the deeply personal track for the band’s larger-than-life front man and huevo-namesake Eddie Argos who, three years ago, found himself dangerously ill in hospital.
“I didn’t realise quite how ill I was at the time,” explains Argos, “I was in a German hospital und mein Deutsche is nicht sehr gut. I had a big operation, bigger than they were expecting when they started operating on me, and there were a few complications. They kept me in for nearly a month. It was the most undignified month of my life and although I was very grateful to the surgeons for saving my life and also to the nurses for taking care of me, I despised every fucking minute of time I spent there.
“The only thing that kept me sane was the mantra that eventually became this song. 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.
“I’m very glad not to be in hospital anymore—of course, as this was three years ago, I’ve broken all the promises I make to myself in this song.”
Previous single ‘Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!’ continues to pick up an ever-increasing bundle of spins from BBC 6Music and Radio X, with support flooding in for the band’s long-awaited return from the likes of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NME, The 405, Clash and many more international publications. The track also hit the ‘Alt Rocked’ and ‘Transistor’ playlists on Spotify.
Art Brut are now comprised of founding members Argos, Ian Catskilkin and Freddy Feedback—whose absence in press shots is due to her extended maternity leave—while Toby Macfarlaine joins on guitar and Charlie Layton joins on drums.
Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! is released 23rd November via Alcopop! Records. You can pre-order the LP here.
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