Jon Spencer has spent three decades kicking the shit outta convention.
So in 2018 he decided to do the one thing he'd never done before - take a look over his shoulder.
New album 'Spencer Sings The Hits!' is a smouldering wreck of garage punk, low-slung blues, and titty-shakin' rock 'n' roll, all served up in a primal brew.
Out on November 2nd, it features a few wry nods to his past, while constantly seeking out new paths, fresh ways to mutilate the six string.
Set to be accompanied by a number of UK shows, Jon Spencer has found time to shoot a weird and wonderful video for album cut 'I Got The Hits'.
A frenetic, pulsating slice of undead boogie, it comes backed by a video from Alex Italics who locates the weird heart of the suburbs.
Jon takes the central role, and it's a blood-curdling, pulse-racing affair.
“Over the past year I kept seeing wonderful and strange music videos that had one thing in common: all were directed by an Alex Italics,” explains Spencer. “I determined to track down this young auteur with the aim of getting a similar cinematic sensation for my new album ‘Spencer Sings The Hits!’. Alex turned out to be a mild-mannered young man from Tucson Arizona living in Southern California. I gave him a free hand to pick the song and devise a treatment. The result is the scary slice-of-life that you can now see for yourself."
“I love the creepy contrast with the song's punk abandon,” continues Jon. “We filmed at a rented house in Santa Ana. At the end of each day, after the nearby nightly Disneyland fireworks had faded and the cast and crew had left, I would sleep in a bunk bed in the child's bedroom. Turns out doing an entire video laying on the floor is harder than it looks!”
Tune in now.
‘Spencer Sings The Hits!’ is released November 2nd on In The Red Records and is available to pre-order HERE.
Catch Jon Spencer at the following shows:
23 Birmingham 02 Academy 2 (with The Melvins)
24 Norwich Waterfront (with The Melvins)
25 Cardiff Y Plas (with The Melvins)
26 Leeds Stylus (with The Melvins)
27 Glasgow Broadcast (headline show)
28 Manchester Academy 2 (with The Melvins)
29 Brighton Concorde 2 (with The Melvins)
30 London Koko (with The Melvins)
1 Bristol Exchange (headline show)
2 London Rough Trade East (headline show)
3 Newcastle Cluny 2 (headline show)
4 Nottingham Bodega (headline show)
For tickets to the latest Jon Spencer shows click HERE.
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