Mark Lanegan will release his first album since 2004 under his Mark Lanegan Band moniker when Blues Funeral is issued Feb. 6 and he's offering fans a free download of the first track from the record, "The Gravedigger's Song."
Lanegan has been working steadily since the 2004 Bubblegum, recording a series of acclaimed records with Isobel Campbell as well as partnering with Greg Dulli for a collaboration they called The Gutter Twins. They released Saturnalia through SubPop and toured in support of it.
Blues Funeral was recorded with Alain Johannes, with whom Lanegan has worked before, as well as the aforementioned Dulli. Queens of The Stone Age's Josh Homme is also on the record. Homme played with Lanegan's former band Screaming Trees -- Homme is featured on Trees' last record released earlier this year Last Words: The Final Recordings -- and Lanegan recorded and toured with QOTSA. Former Red Hot Chili Pepper/Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons also took part in the sessions.
I loved getting the gift of a final Screaming Trees record and the collaborations, but it's exciting to have Lanegan fronting his band, recording under his own name, releasing music that is completely his own. It's been a long time coming and I pre-ordered my copy this morning (Amazon and iTunes are both accepting pre-orders for the new album). February cannot arrive soon enough- especially after getting a taste of what's to come this morning.
"The Gravedigger's Song" is the first song from the 12-track set. The widget below will allow you to stream it for free. It will also help you access an MP3 you can download free by signing up for the official Mark Lanegan mailing list.
There is no word on Lanegan's U.S. tour plans but a series of European shows have been announced.
Complete Tracklist for Blues Funeral
- The Gravedigger's Song
- Bleeding Muddy Water
- Gray Goes Black
- St Louis Elegy
- Riot In My House
- Ode To Sad Disco
- Phantasmagoria Blues
- Quiver Syndrome
- Harborview Hospital
- Deep Black Vanishing Train
- Tiny Grain Of Truth