Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Preps First Album in Eight Years, Fall Tour to Follow
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has announced that they will release their first album in eight years later this year, and will celebrate with a fall tour.
The band will make the European festival rounds over the summer beginning next month, and will head back to North America for an extensive tour beginning October 10 in Philadelphia. The tour is then scheduled to run through November 14 when the blues band plays a show at the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver, British Columbia. In between those dates, the band will play cities including Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
The new album, titled Meat and Bone, will be released September 18, and will be the group’s first album since 2004’s Damage. The new album is described as “12 prime cuts of raw rock’n’roll recorded on Sly Stone’s “Riot” Flickinger console at the legendary Key Club Recording Studio in Benton Harbor, Mich.”
Though Meat and Bone is the group’s first studio album since 2004, there have been some other releases in the intervening years. The first was a Japan only EP called Snack Cracker that was released in 2005, followed by a collection of singles and unreleased songs called Jukebox Explosion Rockin’ Mid-90s Punkers in 2007. Finally, a retrospective album called Dirty Shirt Rock ‘n’ Roll: The First Ten Years was released in 2010.
In all, the three-piece group has released seven studio albums so far, beginning with A Reverse Willie Horton in 1991. Damage was released under the name Blues Explosion, and featured guest vocals from Martina Topley-Bird and Chuck D. That album also used a wide range of producers, including DJ Shadow, Dan the Automator and David Holmes.
Meat and Bine will feature no special guests, and will find the group reverting back to the full (and more familiar) Jon Spencer Blues Explosion moniker.