It's been 14 years because the Flesh Eaters, the long-lasting all-star punk/rockabilly outfit from Los Angeles, has launched a brand new album. More importantly, it's been 37 years because the troupe's best-known lineup — together with Dave Alvin, X's John Doe and DJ Bonebrake, Los Lobos' Steve Berlin — was a going concern.
The wait ends on Jan. 18, when the Flesh Eaters' new I Used To Be Pretty — whose cowl of the Sonics' "Cinderella" is premiering completely under — comes out. The group can be hitting the street beginning Jan. 16 in Phoenix with dates booked into March to date.
The album particularly is the end result of a number of Flesh Eaters reunions that included dates in 2006, 2015 after which once more earlier this 12 months, through the spring. "Midway by means of the eight reveals I believed he band was sounding so unimaginable," group mainstay "Chris D." Desjardins tells Billboard. "I informed everyone, 'Y'know, who is aware of after we're gonna do that once more. We ought to actually get within the studio and doc what we're sounding like proper now.' I believed I'd get loads of hemming and hawing, however everybody was actually into it — even (Alvin), who's normally the satan's advocate. We arrange on the studio he normally makes use of in Hollywood, and he turned probably the most excited of everyone."
The materials on I Used to Be Pretty, which additionally contains the Blasters' Bill Bateman and Chris D's ex-wife and Divine Horsemen bandmate Julie Christensen, is hodgepodge of kinds, bookended by two model new songs — "Black Temptation," which dates again to the early 2000s, and the 13-minute, Doors-like epic "Ghost Cave Lament." It additionally contains new recordings of songs that appeared on later Flesh Eaters albums and extra covers, together with Fleetwood Mac's "The Green Manalishi" and the Gun Club's "She's Like Heroin to Me." "This lineup has been enjoying these songs since 2006, after we first bought again collectively," Desjardins notes. "We knew this document was going to be good as a result of we felt we sounded so good and so tight. So even there's materials that had beforehand been coated by different lineups, we have been doing considerably various things with these songs that I actually wished to get onto an album."
"Cinderella," in the meantime, is homage to the Flesh Eaters' longstanding admiration for Washington state storage rockers the Sonics. "We began doing that as a canopy in 1981 and we've been doing it dwell in all of the successive reunion reveals," Desjardins says. "We all love the Sonics, and it was form of onerous choosing a Sonics tune at first. The Cramps had already carried out 'Strychnine,' however I like 'Cinderella' and that form of updating of a fairy story in additional of a gritty, city context, which you don't see too usually."
Desjardins' enthusiasm for the Flesh Eaters' return to recording is definitely matched by his bandmates. Alvin notes that, "It's six previous buddies who not often get to see one another or play music collectively and determined to make an album whereas we're all nonetheless alive. Our lives are very completely different now. We determined to select up the place we left off, incorporating the varied types and classes we've realized previously 35 years."
No one is making any predictions about how lengthy this specific Flesh Eaters incarnation will stay reunited or how way more work is forward. All of the members are persevering with their different considerations, together with Desjardins and Christensen with Divine Horsemen. But with an possibility for a second album with Yep Roc, Desjardins is hopeful that every one involved will proceed to carve out a while to maintain the Flesh Eaters alive for the foreseeable future.
"I believe the fellows are taking a look at it now as a way more actual form of different entity that we will attempt to synchronize into our schedules and do it when everyone isn't doing their foremost factor," says Desjardins. "I’ve concepts for one more document, for positive. And we'll most likely do extra dates later in 2019. This lineup of the Flesh Eaters has by no means been outdoors the West Coast, and there's sure pockets the place we undoubtedly have a following that might like to see this model of the group. We've been always getting extra folks to the reveals each time we do that, and that's been actually gratifying. So there's some incentive to maintain it going."
The Flesh Eaters' upcoming tour dates embody:
Wed., Jan. 16 PHOENIX, AZ Crescent Ballroom
Thurs., Jan. 17 TUCSON, AZ 191 Toole
Fri., Jan. 18 PIONEERTOWN, CA Pappy & Harriet's Place, w/Mudhoney
Sat., Jan. 19 LOS ANGELES, CA Echoplex, w/ Mudhoney
Sun., Jan. 20 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Independent
Tues., Jan. 22 PORTLAND, OR The Star Theater
Wed., Jan. 23 SEATTLE, WA The Crocodile
Thurs., Feb. 21 HOUSTON, TX Continental Club
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 22-23 AUSTIN, TX Continental Club
Sun., Feb. 24 DALLAS, TX Club Dada
Sat., March 9 SAINT PAUL, MN Turf Club
Sun., March 10 CHICAGO, IL Lincoln Hall
Mon., March 11 GRAND RAPIDS, MI The Pyramid Scheme
Tues., March 12 DETROIT, MI El Club
Thurs., March 14 BOSTON, MA City Winery Boston
Fri., March 15 PHILADELPHIA, PA Johnny Brenda's
Sat., March 16 WASHINGTON, DC Union Stage
Sun., March 17 NEW YORK, NY Bowery Ballroom