- 24 Jul 23
The album will feature appearances from The Edge and IDLES' Belfast-born guitarist Mark Bowen, among other stars.
Following his run of Stories of Surrender shows with Bono, and the release of Telefís' Special Report remix collection earlier this year, Jacknife Lee is back with a new collaborative project. The iconic Dublin producer/multi-instrumentalist, The Cure's Lol Tolhurst, and Budgie from Siouxsie & The Banshees are set to release their debut album together, Los Angeles, on November 3, via Play It Again Sam – and ahead of the release, they've shared the title track, featuring Peter Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.
The 13-track album, created over the last four years, promises to delve into "freedom and slavery, beauty and decay, hope and despair." It will also feature special guest appearances from U2's The Edge, IDLES' Mark Bowen, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, Lonnie Holley, Mary Lattimore, Starcrawler's Arrow de Wilde, and more.
"As per the title, Los Angeles is a journey into the dark heart of contemporary LaLaLand," the description of the album reads, "the city of its birth, a place of limitless possibility, yet also a diseased and consumptive hell-on-earth which, to quote Murphy’s lyric on the title track, “eats its children”, where pipe dreams shatter, racial inequality prevails and homelessness spirals.
"Throw in the terrifying uncertainty occasioned by the global pandemic, which both interrupted and ultimately aided its genesis, and the ‘new Cold War’ terror that has ensued, and you get a record fueled by fear and tension, but whose propulsive beats, mind warping, mangled instrumentation and exceptional vocal contributions provide release through the palpable joy of their creation..."
Watch the video for 'Los Angeles', directed by John Liwag, below: