Critically acclaimed rock group, EELS are today announcing a limited edition remastered vinyl reissue of their 2005 record, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations which is set for release via E Works/[PIAS] on May 19. Pre-orders are available HERE.
Band leader and principal songwriter Mark Oliver Everett says: “When it was time to master the BLINKING LIGHTS reissue I needed to listen to the whole double album for the first time since it came out in 2005, and I was surprised by what I heard. It was an intense and emotional experience for me and I felt proud of it and overwhelmed by how hard we worked on it. I’ll start mentally preparing to listen to it again when it’s reissued again in 10 years.”
A homemade epic, Blinking Lights… is an imaginative, emotional reflection on the condition of living, and was recorded mostly in Everett’s Los Angeles basement over a period of several years. Sprawling over 33 tracks are songs about faith, responsibility, growing up, dignity, disappointment, comfort, hope and renewal. Upon release, it was the most personal EELS album since 1998’s Electro-Shock Blues. That album dealt with the nearly simultaneous suicide of Everett’s sister and terminal illness of his mother, from the subjects’ points of view. Blinking Lights… found him a few years down the line, battling some of the family demons himself, with the after effects of past tragedies having become more of a personal issue in his adult life, sometimes fearlessly autobiographical, and other times built around the related stories of others.
The latest reissue follows EELS’ recent limited edition vinyl reissues of their earlier trilogy, Hombre Lobo, End Times, and Tomorrow Morning, noted by Sunday Times as a “must-have reissue”, and their critically acclaimed 2022 record, Extreme Witchcraft which found praise at MOJO, NME, The New York Times, Stereogum, SPIN and more.
EELS are currently on the road for the long-awaited Lockdown Hurricane tour of Europe and North America which kicked off in the UK last month to rave reviews from Daily Express (“going all out at their blistering, bluesy best” – 5*), The Times (4*), Louder Than War and more.
Available at the live shows only, EELS have also released two new very limited vinyl editions of two live sessions – Live at Largo (2019) and Gentle Souls 2021 KCRW Session. These are unique to the tour and not available anywhere else. Tickets for the remaining dates are available HERE and watch “25 Years of EELS Live in 8 Minutes” video HERE.
EELS have had one of the most consistently acclaimed careers in music. The ever-changing project of principal singer/songwriter E (Mark Oliver Everett), EELS have released 14 studio albums since their 1996 debut, Beautiful Freak. In 2008 E published his highly acclaimed book Things the Grandchildren Should Know and starred in the award-winning Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives documentary about the search to understand his quantum physicist father, Hugh Everett III.