Next up – Gene Loves Jezebel with Jay Aston – New studio album
Due for release on 1st December 2023, ‘Love Death Sorrow’ features twelve newly recorded tracks.
Supporting the release, the band are playing some UK dates.
Confirmed so far are shows at Moles in Bath on 9th December, and at The Lexington in London on the 10th.
Recorded at Mwnci Studios in South Wales with Jay Aston (Vocals) James Stevenson (Guitar), Pete (Bugg) Rizzo (bass) and guest drummer Steve (Smiley) Barnard.
‘Love Death Sorrow’, was recorded back in March 2023, in Wales, and like every other GLJ album, has its own individuality – although you will hear hints of The House Of Dolls and Heavenly Bodies lurking like shadows on its wall – with a warm and cohesive production by Peter Walsh.
The opener, ‘The Man That Time Forgot’ is classic ‘gothic horror’, but where Bela Lugosi may be dead, the vampire here is very much alive. ‘Breathe Easy’ has existed for at least 21 years, yet remained unrecorded by GLJ, and now finally gets its overdue release. Those familiar with the Ugly Buggs release of 2011 will recognise four songs. The new Jezebel versions maintain a similarity although the introspective and vulnerable ‘You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore’ is embellished with a more resolute ending flourish. The album features five cover versions – by The Cure, Magazine, The Only Ones, Edwyn Collins and Marianne Faithfull – fresh takes that do justice to the well known originals whilst bringing a new resonance. Jay is in fine voice throughout while Pete, James and Smiley bring their reliable dexterity as expected.
1. The Man That Time Forgot
2. The Light Pours Out Of Me
3. Serpent Queen
4. Broken English
5. Breathe Easy
6. A Girl Like You
7. The Foolish Young
8. In Between Days
9. Young Girl
10. You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore
11. Lone Rider
12. Another Girl Another Planet