Frank Black Back With Two New Albums
Rock'n'roll troubadour Frank Black has reteamed with former label spinART and is planning an Aug. 20 release for two new albums. "Black Letter Day" and "Devil's Workshop," the follow-ups to his 2001 sRock'n'roll troubadour Frank Black has reteamed with former label spinART and is planning an Aug. 20 release for two new albums. "Black Letter Day" and "Devil's Workshop," the follow-ups to his 2001 set "Dog in the Sand" (What Are Records?), were recorded live to two-track with Black's band the Catholics.
Songs confirmed for the dual projects include "Jane the Queen of Love," "Bartholomew," "Modern Age," "Whiskey in Your Shoes," "California Round," "Valentine and Garuda," "Cold Heart of Stone," and a cover of Tom Waits' "The Black Rider." Black (real name: Charles Thompson) is also planning to tour in September in support of the discs.
The lineup on the two albums will feature the core Catholics -- drummer Scott Boutier, bassist Dave McCaffrey, and guitarist Rich Gilbert -- with contributions from longtime keyboardist Eric Drew Feldman; guitarists Dave Philips, Moris Tepper, Rob Laufer, Lyle Workman, and former Pixie Joey Santiago; drummer Nick Vincent; and former Wall Of Voodoo principal Stan Ridgway.
Though the artist's previous three albums have been recorded live to two-track, Black continues to experiment with the form, using multiple musicians in the studio to flesh out the arrangements. As he told Billboard.com upon the release of "Dog in the Sand," bringing additional people into the sessions affords the Catholics "the opportunity to exercise restraint, because there's more going on. It's nice to be able to remain live to two-track, but try to achieve a record that sounds like a multi-tracked record."
Black's fourth and fifth solo albums, 1998's "Frank Black and the Catholics" and 1999's "Pistolero," were released on spinART. As previously reported, the label has set a July 9 release date for a nine-track collection of demos by Black's former band, the Pixies, featuring previously unreleased songs from the recording sessions that led to the band's first label deal.