by / July 28th, 2009 /

Jay Reatard Irish show / new album taster

It’s a case of second time lucky for Jay Reatard as Aiken have announced the Memphis short-attention span rocker is due to play Whelan’s on November 16th after his cancelled appearance last year. Tickets €16 on sale from Wednesday.

On August 18, Matador will be releasing the long-anticipated new LP/CD/digital album from Jay Reatard, Watch Me Fall, his debut album proper after the Singles Collection for Matador last year. Here’s what he told Matador about it:

‘This new album has been challenging. It’s the first time I’ve written and recorded an album specifically because a label wants to release it. I’ve never made a record for a record label. I’ve always finished my recordings and then a label is decided on. When I made ‘Blood Visions’ I had no idea that it was going to see the light of day. And I’ve never made a record in which the label heard the songs, or anyone heard the songs, before the album was finished, so that’s kind of intense. That’s what singles are for; I always considered my singles as a glimpse between the albums. Labels always had the previous single as an example of where I was going at the time, or of what the next album might sound like. In this situation, people at the label are hearing the songs before the album has been finished, but I try not to let it distract me, I’m trying to go about this process in a way that’s the closest to how I would have done an album in the past. A lot of bands these days, they approach the making of an album like it’s collecting songs, they don’t think about how all of the songs are going to work together. They sequence their albums on iTunes, wondering what songs sound best next to each other rather than putting them together as they were written. That’s not an album.’

Here’s your first listen from the album – ‘It’s Not Gonna Save Me’.

MP3: Jay Reatard – It’s not Gonna Save Me

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