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Released: 3rd April 2020
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Monorail exclusive signed copies with bonus lyric booklet!
Weird Country is the blistering sophomore album from Glasgow’s Savage Mansion.
Initial pressing limited to just 300 copies on pink vinyl, and each copy comes with a download code + a CD-R.
Weird Country is the much-anticipated second album from Glasgow indie-rock group Savage Mansion. Due for release on April 3, 2020, it marks a bold step forward for one of the most exciting new bands in Scotland. The album is preceded by the single ‘Karaoke’, a tumbling bar band tribute to the best and worst of the band’s native city. Savage Mansion will promote Weird Country with a UK tour opening for Lost Map labelmate Pictish Trail.
The first song written for Weird Country, ‘Karaoke’ is described by Savage Mansion singer, songwriter and guitarist Craig Angus as “an homage to Glasgow, a magical and intoxicating city that captivates and frustrates in equal measure. A complex, troubled, fucked up place. I suppose it’s a love song to the city, the neighbourhood and most of its people."
Craig is joined in Savage Mansion by a cast of musicians including Andrew Macpherson and Jamie Dubber (Catholic Action), Lewis Orr (Martha Ffion, Space Rocket Garage Band) and Taylor Stewart (Romeo Taylor). Formed in 2016 the band quickly drew attention for a high energy live show and Craig’s melodic and eloquent slices of guitar rock. With influences worn firmly and proudly, right there on their sleeves for all to see: equal parts The Velvet Underground’s no-fi swagger, Pavement’s easy, sing-speak vocals, R.E.M.’s shimmering guitar tones.
The group recorded their second LP Weird Country in April 2019 in London with producer Chris McCrory – an anthemic and confident collection of songs featuring their best and most expansive music to date. Inspired by the musical storytelling of The Kinks and The Replacements, Weird Country expands on the punk sensibilities of Revision Ballads, exploring the chaotic turbulence of the modern world, and trying to find a place within it, with musical and lyrical nuance.
There’s humour in the misplaced confidence, bravado and ultimate downfall of ‘Taking The Four’s’ narrator, and in the scathing title track – a surreal stream of conscious ramble inspired by Orwell’s Notes on Nationalism that considers the superiority complex of the Brits (the kind parroted by jingoistic political commentators and attention seeking talk show hosts) and laughs in the face of it. The influence of Scottish history is apparent too on ‘The International’ (a tribute to those who joined up with the International Brigade to fight in the Spanish Civil War) and ‘Old Country’, the tale of two Italian immigrants to Scotland that considers hostility to ‘the new’. Some things never change.
Savage Mansion have evolved, and whilst the band’s early releases invited favourable comparisons to Parquet Courts and Courtney Barnett, the new material is fleshed out with shimmering vintage synths, drunken bar band piano and harmonies Teenage Fanclub would be proud of. Having completed their first headline UK tour and played their first European shows in 2019, Savage Mansion are just getting started. They may just be your new favourite band.