Jesse Malin belongs in a special breed of musicians, in that he is held as a legend in some circles and virtually unknown in many others. His bands, Heart Attack and D Generation, helped to shape the sound of punk and hardcore as we know them today, while remaining faithful torchbearers for the paradigm that had been built before them. As a solo artist, Malin has grown up and expanded his sound. His albums, whether consisting of original songs or covers, consistently show him to have taste as wide as it is good. He has collaborated with Ryan Adams, jammed with Bruce Springsteen, and covered songs by The Clash, The Replacements, The Hold Steady, and Jim Croce. And with the announcement of a new album of original solo material, his credentials are only going to grow.
Titled Love It To Life — titled after a statement signed to him by Joe Strummer on a ticket stub — Malin’s fourth solo album of originals features a backing band of Don DiLego, drummer Randy Schrager, guitarist Matt Hogan, and bassist/DJ Tommy USA, together now known as St. Marks Social. According to his press release, the song-writing sessions and recording process featured a revolving door of friends to collaborate with, including the aforementioned Ryan Adams, The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon, and Mrs. Ryan Adams, Mandy Moore. The album features production from Ted Hutt (Lucero, Flogging Molly, The Gaslight Anthem) and a fair share of “messengers and misanthropes, hipsters and hypocrites, and as always, his constant themes of redemption, nightlife, heartbreak, and survival.”
In support of his Side One Dummy Records debut, Malin and St. Marks Social will accompany Gogol Bordello for a string of dates. Before that, the band will enjoy a residency at Malin’s own Bowery Electric. Love It To Life will be released on April 27th.
For the complete scoop on the album, check out one of the better press releases I’ve read. (The detailed account describes how Malin avoided stand-up comedy, attemped a book about J.D. Salinger, and wound up with this record).
Jesse Malin and St. Marks Social 2010 Tour Dates:
02/20 – Ridgewood, NJ @ Live at Drew’s
02/25 – New York, NY @ Bowery Electric
03/04 – New York, NY @ Bowery Electric
03/11 – New York, NY @ Bowery Electric
04/18 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis *
04/20 - Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy *
04/21 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre *
04/23 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre *
04/24 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
04/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
04/28 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
04/29 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head *
04/30 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head *
05/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
* = w/ Gogol Bordello