Mark Lanegan‘s long and wide ranging back catalogue will have a new name added to it later this year in the form of ‘Phantom Radio‘ – his ninth solo effort and third with the Mark Lanegan Band.
In contrast to his reputation as an exponent of old-school rock values, much of the album was created with the help of an app called Funk Box. “I didn’t bother to hook up my 909 and 808 this time because the app had ’em,” Lanegan explains. “I’d write drum parts with it then add music with the synthesizer or the guitar.”
‘Phantom Radio’ has been inspired by Krautrock and also the 80s new wave music Lanegan has taken to whilst listening to Sirius satellite radio in Los Angeles. “They have a few good shows but the ‘80s one in particular I like,” he continues.
“That’s the music that was happening when I started making music. And although the Trees drew on Nuggets psychedelia, 13th Floor Elevators and Love, we were actually listening to Echo And The Bunnymen, Rain Parade, the Gun Club. A lot of British post-punk. We loved that stuff. I just waited until I was in my late forties before I started ripping it off.”
‘Phantom Radio’ is released later this year. An EP entitled ‘No Bells On Sunday‘ precedes and previews on August 25th.