Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell announced the release date for his first solo album in 18 years on Friday (March 28), Kind Heaven, due out BMG on June 7. The nine-track effort was recorded with the Kind Heaven Orchestra, and it features contributions from Dhani Harrison, The Cars' Elliot Easton and the Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins, among others; it was co-produced by Farrell and frequent David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti; the album is available for pre-order here.
The album's bombastic lead single, "Pirate Punk Politician," features a mix of thundering, divebombing Jane's guitars and the kind of squelchy keyboards and beats Farrell explored with his post-Jane's side project Porno for Pyros. Kind Heaven is the long-awaited follow-up to Farrell's 2001 collection of hippie-dream electronic pop Song Yet to Be Sung.
Farrell calls "Pirate" a "good old-fashioned protest song about today's strongmen and their tactics of oppression," and a press release about the album describes it as "an expansive set of interlinked compositions fused together by Farrell's electrifying vocals into a rich sonic tapestry. Meticulously interwoven rock, electronic, and symphonic elements combine to yield a compelling tale told through large-scale orchestral scores (courtesy of Hollywood composer Harry Gregson-Williams), intense back-and-forth duets with Etty Lau Farrell, and flourishes of hard guitar with electronic vocal distortions."
Farrell and Kind Heaven will kick off a tour in support of the album on June 7 at City Winery in New York, with dates lasting through a June 25 gig at the Mod Club in Toronto, followed by a performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 4; the band will also play this summer's Lollas in Stockholm and Paris.
Listen to "Pirate Punk Politician" and see Kind Heaven tour dates below.
June 7 – New York, NY @ City Winery June 8 – New York, NY @ City Winery June 10 – Boston, MA @ City Winery June 11 – Boston, MA @ City Winery June 14 – New York, NY @ City Winery June 15 – New York, NY @ City Winery June 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live June 19 – Washington DC @ City Winery June 21 – Nashville, TN @ City Winery June 22 – Atlanta, GA @ City Winery June 24 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall June 25 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club