GREG DULLI - RANDOM DESIRE VINYL (LP)
Release Date: 28th February 2020
The first 'proper' debut solo album under his own name from the frontman of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers - the one and only, Greg Dulli. Random Desire mixes the sonic approaches Dulli has taken with The Twilight Singers and that of the two most recent Afghan Whigs albums and morphs them into one powerful, spine-tingling entity. Showcasing all of Dulli's talents from soulful electronic-noise rockers to heart-aching ballads - and sometimes both at the same time. Dulli's done it again!
For Fans Of/You May Also Like: The Afghan Whigs, The Twilight Singers, Bon Iver, J Mascis
"For the last 30 years, Greg Dulli, frontman of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers, has been the poet laureate of the bizarre whims and cruel tangents of desire. A foremost authority on the sell-your-soul rewards of carnal lust, the high voltage epiphanies of chemical enhancement, and the serotonin lows left in their wake.Therein lies Random Desire, the first solo album under Dulli’s own name. The album opener. “Pantomima,” sets the tone from the sardonic taunts of the album’s first bars: desolation, come and get it. The single is out now. Today, Dulli has 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, 2017’s In Spades, which Pitchfork named one of the best rock records of the year, hailing it as a “heavy, menacing work of indie rock majesty…thrilling and unsettling.” 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, but an all-star cast of characters appear across the track-listing including The Whigs’ guitarist Jon Skibic and multi-instrumentalist Rick G. Nelson, Mathias Schneeberger (Twilight Singers), pedal steel wizard, upright bassist, and physician Dr. Stephen Patt, and drummer Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stone Age, The Mars Volta). Clocking in at a lean 37 minutes, Random Desire is a clinic put on by a veteran master operating at the height of his powers, offering evidence of the hard-fought and weary wisdom learned from setbacks and victories alike. A lucid, confident and self-assured document of the songs of experience, the perils of existence, and the possibilities that offer themselves anew with each breath. Another death and rebirth from an outlaw who has seen it all and somehow lived to tell."