Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs has a new 'Random Desire'

For the last 30 years, Greg Dulli has served as frontman of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers. Come Feb. 21, the singer will finally unveil Random Desire, the first solo album under Dulli’s own name via Royal Cream/BMG and available for pre-order.

The album opener. “Pantomima” is out now. Dulli also announced a Spring 2020 European tour. US tour dates in support of the album will be announced soon. Full dates below.

Random Desire started in the aftermath of the last Whigs record. Drummer Patrick Keeler was about to take a short sabbatical to record and tour with his other band, The Raconteurs. Dulli’s longtime collaborator, bassist John Curley went back to school, and there was the tragic death of the band’s guitarist, Dave Rosser.

In response, Dulli returned to his teenage bedroom roots, finding musical inspiration via the model of one-man-band visionaries Prince and Todd Rundgren. The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Hamilton Ohio native wrote nearly every part of the record from piano lines to drums to bass riffs. As always, the music came first and the lyrics were completed later. Recording and writing way stations included his home in Silver Lake, the village of Crestline high up in the mountains above San Bernardino, and New Orleans.

But the bulk was finished amidst the arid beauty and stark isolation of Joshua Tree (at the studio of engineer Christopher Thorne). Dulli handled most instrumentation.

Track listing:

1) Pantomima
2) Sempre
3) Marry Me
4) The Tide
5) Scorpio
6) It Falls Apart
7) A Ghost
8) Lockless
9) Black Moon
10) Slow Pan

Euro tour dates:

March 19 - Róisín Dubh - Galway, IRELAND
March 20 - Whelans - Dublin, IRELAND
March 22 - SWG3 Warehouse - Glasgow, UK
March 23 - Gorilla - Manchester, UK
March 24 - Islington Assembly Hall - London, UK
March 26 - Paradiso Noord - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
March 27 - Muziekodroom - Hasselt, BELGIUM
March 28 - Trix - Antwerp, BELGIUM
March 30 - Luxor - Cologne, GERMANY
March 31 - Lido - Berlin, GERMANY
April 02 - Hotel Cecil - Copenhagen, DENMARK
April 03 - Debaser Strand - Stockholm, SWEDEN
April 04 - Parkteatret - Oslo, NORWAY

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