The news that Brody Dalle was working on new music caused a flurry of excitement last year and even more so when she revealed she had signed to Caroline and was planning to release an album in 2014. Just before the holidays Brody put a London date on sale and in less than hour it was completely sold out. The same happened with her show in Berlin and warm up shows in California. So now with the news that she’ll be touring and release an album in the next few months, comes a taster of what fans can expect from the punk icon’s first ever solo release.
The first offering is titled, Meet The Foetus/ Oh The Joy and it’s the ambitious, triumphant centerpiece of the forthcoming album. It’s a song about creating life and was responsible for kicking the whole album process off again for Brody. And if you listen carefully you can hear, good friend Shirley Manson (Garbage) and Emily Kowal (Warpaint) on backing vocals.
Brody Dalle spent a year writing, playing, recording and co-producing her first solo album, a riotous blast of punk rock with a pop sheen that storms through ideas about the modern age, triumphing against the odds and even spirituality. She co-produced everything with Alain Johannes (Arctic Monkeys, Them Crooked Vultures, Mark Lanegan) at his 11AD studio, and at her and husband Josh Homme’s studio Pink Duck, both in California. “I’ve always had a hand in crafting how it’s going to sound and hearing it and trying to make that happen. But it’s the first time I’ve put my name on something for production”, she says of the release. Amazingly, she wrote all the songs and played over most of the instruments you can hear on the album, save for a few special guests.
Brody has had a long, wild career in music. “It’s the only job I’ve ever had and I love it.” In her native Australia, her first band, Sourpuss, got her signed at 15; she later moved to LA and formed The Distillers, becoming pack leader of a band of hardcore reprobates, and spending her 20s touring the world. After that, she released a killer album rife with hooks under Spinnerette and now she returns in fighting form under her own name with her own solo project.
SEE BRODY DALLE LIVE:
February 16 Long Beach Alex’s Bar – sold out
February 17 San Diego Casbah – sold out
February 24 London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen- sold out
February 27 Berlin Magnet – sold out
August 12 BudapestSziget Festival
August 17 Biddinghuizen Lowlands Festival
She will also be touring in Australia in March supporting Queens Of The Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails.
Photo by Chapman Baehler