Mark Lanegan is returning to London with a new album in tow.
The singer, who played an intimate show at Union Chapel last year, plays KOKO on 22 June as part of an extensive European tour in support of Mark Lanegan Band’s latest LP, ‘Gargoyle’.
Tickets are available now.
Featuring guest appearances from long-time collaborators Josh Homme, Greg Dulli, and Duke Garwood, the 10-track album began taking shape in early 2016 when Lanegan wrote the mood-piece ‘Blue Blue Sea’.
“It’s almost always how my records start,” he explains. “I let the first couple of songs tell me what the next couple should sound like, and it’s really the same process when I’m writing words. Whatever my first couple of lines are tell me what the next couple should be. I’ve always built things like that, sort of like making a sculpture I guess.”
At around the same time, he received an offer from a friend, the English musician Rob Marshall, to write him some music.
Remembers Lanegan: “I was like: ‘Hey man, I’m getting ready to make a record, if you’ve got anything?’ Three days later he sent me 10 things!”
Within an hour, Lanegan had written words and vocal lines for two of the pieces – and, ultimately, Marshall co-wrote six of the songs.
“I was very thankful to become reacquainted with him,” deadpans Lanegan.
The rest of the album was put together in collaboration with Alain Johannes within the space of a month.
“I definitely feel like I’m a better songwriter than I was 15 years ago,” says Lanegan of his current creative process. “I don’t know if I’m just kidding myself or what, but it’s definitely easier now to make something that is satisfying to me. Maybe I’m just easier on myself these days, but it’s definitely not as painful a process, and therefore I feel I’m better at it now.
“But part of the way that I stay interested in making music is by collaborating with other people. When I see things through somebody else’s perspective it’s more exciting than if I’m left to my own devices.”
- ‘Gargoyle’ is released on 28 April.