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UK TOUR MAY/JUNE 2023 30.05.23 BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds * tickets 31.05.23 HULL New Adelphi Club * tickets 01.06.23 OXTED Barn Theatre * tickets 02.06.23 CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach * tickets 03.06.23 EUSTON HALL Red Rooster Festival (Thetford) tickets * with support from Bason
Having played a set of sold out UK shows in February to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut album, ‘The Fine Art Of Self-Destruction’, which has also just been reissued in an expanded edition, New York based singer songwriter Jesse Malin recently announced five further dates to commence in late May (listed above). These will see Malin and his band perform the album in its entirety, as well as songs from across his back catalogue and some choice covers.
Today also sees the release of a new single entitled ‘Wendy (Tail Lights Fade)’, a re-recorded version of the original album song ‘Wendy’ and the first of three to be issued in the coming months that have not already been included on a bonus LP of new versions with the reissue. Reimagined and re-recorded with his longtime band, the material was produced by Derek Cruz and engineered by Geoff Sanoff, who worked on Malin’s recent ‘Sunset Kids’ and ‘Sad And Beautiful World’ albums.
THE FINE ART OF SELF DESTRUCTION
20th ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED EDITION
“The newly recorded re-imaginings have honed some rough edges but lost none of the soul, viewing the 70s/80s Big Apple from a little further away, but without losing the heart-rending focus 9/10”
“Malin’s solo debut took the personal and the profane into the stars. The revisited tracks see his vocals as candid as ever, driving the tales deep into the poignant 9/10”
“The roistering original album is accompanied by well-judged re-recordings. Bruised songs built to weather the changes well 4/5”
“Proper songwriting played by a band at the top of their game. Make Jesse Malin as famous as he undoubtedly should be, folks 9/10”
VIVE LE ROCK
Released in 2003, ‘The Fine Art Of Self Destruction’ “wasn’t named for drug or alcohol abuse,” explains Malin. “It was more about a personal wreckage when I looked back on my life, from my parents’ divorce to failed relationships, broken up bands, dropping out of school, crashing cars, breaking things. It was more of a spiritual journey in some sense. This record is definitely one of my favourites.”
Following his teenage years in the pioneering hardcore band Heart Attack and his 20s fronting the wild and beloved D Generation, Malin took a cue from his songwriting heroes and was ready for a chance to stand alone. His solo debut was recorded over six days in New York City, live and raw. “I was still learning how to sing and tell stories. These songs were written in a little apartment downtown, without a record deal, a manager, or any expectation of anything coming of it – just a need to write them.”