Revered Public Image Ltd bassist JAH WOBBLE makes his long awaited return to the post-punk sound he helped create with his new album, A BRIEF HISTORY OF NOW, released via US label Cleopatra Records on digital, CD and vinyl on 11 August, and shares the first single and video.
After an astounding 45-year career in music that began as the bassist for John Lydon’s post-Sex Pistols band Public Image Ltd – earning immense and lasting praise for his trailblazing musicianship through his solo career and collaborations with the likes of Holger Czukay from Can, The Edge from U2 and, later, with Brian Eno, Chris Connelly from Ministry and Geordie Walker from Killing Joke – one would think that Jah Wobble would have said all he has to say. Turns out, he was just getting started.
Wobble has announced a new solo album, A Brief History Of Now, that finds the eclectic troubadour returning to the post-punk genre that he had a key role in developing, both in his tenure with PiL and later. Co-written, produced and performed with another post-punk hero Jon Klein of Siouxsie & The Banshees, the album packs a powerful punch both musically and lyrically as the two veterans deliver an energetic and innovative collection of musical treatises.
For proof, check out the album’s first single, LAST EXIT, a pulsating, psychedelic-tinged track that interweaves Wobble’s distinctive bass with a syncopated spoken-word vocal and Klein’s razor-sharp guitar. Wobble uses the song to provoke and process current events that continually threaten to suffocate us before we escape. The accompanying video, made with Vicente Cordero from Industrialism Films, vividly brings the song to life and offers a captivating catharsis for the post-post-postmodern age.
Stream and download the single here: https://orcd.co/jahwobble_lastexit
“It’s all about the dopamine rush. Assault on the senses. Bang! Bang! Bang! Rush after rush after rush. But never satisfied. No satisfaction. Never any conclusion. Always moving. Appearances arising. Ephemeral. Lacking substance. But often so beautiful and exciting. Glorious esoterica.”
Order CD and vinyl here: https://cleorecs.com/store/?s=jah+wobble+brief+history&post_type=product
Pre-order and pre-save the digital here: https://orcd.co/jahwobble_abriefhistoryofnow
Wobble continues his extensive UK touring this year with further dates throughout the autumn. The JAH WOBBLE & THE INVADERS OF THE HEART dates revolve around a number of Metal Box Rebuilt In Dub shows which rework the second Public Image Ltd album with additional tracks from the debut album First Issue. The Metal Box dates will also feature Jon Klein. Full UK dates as follows:
Wed 25 EXETER Phoenix (METAL BOX)
Thu 26 NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms (METAL BOX)
Fri 27 SOUTHAMPTON 1865
Sat 28 BARTON ON HUMBER The Ropewalk
Wed 01 SUDBURY The Quay Theatre
Thu 02 TUNBRIDGE WELLS The Forum
Fri 03 WORTHING The Venue
Sat 04 LONDON Camden Forge
Wed 08 DEAL Lighthouse
Thu 09 NORWICH Epic (METAL BOX)
Fri 10 GUILDFORD Holroyd Arms (METAL BOX)
Sat 11 MILTON KEYNES MK 11
Wed 15 GLASGOW St Lukes (METAL BOX)
Thu 16 EDINBURGH La Belle Angele (METAL BOX)
Thu 23 MANCHESTER Blues Kitchen
Fri 24 LEEDS The Wardrobe
Fri 01 TRURO The Old Bakery (METAL BOX)
Sat 02 CARDIFF The Globe
Thu 07 ORMSKIRK Edgehill University Arts Centre
Fri 08 LEEK Foxlow Arts Centre (METAL BOX)
Sat 09 BRISTOL Thekla (METAL BOX)
Tickets available from www.songkick.com