Primal Scream Comes to Columbia Records

Scottish Psychedelic Rock Band's New Album, 'Riot City Blues,' Set For Release On Tuesday, August 22


The groundbreaking Scottish rock band Primal Scream has come to Columbia Records under the aegis of Steve Lillywhite, Senior Vice President of A&R for the label and Grammy-winning Producer of the Year. Primal Scream's new album, Riot City Blues, will be released stateside on Columbia on Tuesday, August 22.

The UK release of Riot City Blues debuted at #5 on the UK album charts upon its recent release. The US version of Riot City Blues will feature new bonus tracks.

Riot City Blues was recorded over the course of 10 intense days of non- stop music-making last June live on the floor of London's Olympic Studios by Bobby Gillespie (vocals), Andrew Innes (guitars, banjo and mandolin), Martin Duffy (piano, harmonium, Hammond B-3 organ and harmonica), Gary "Mani" Mounfield (bass) and Robert Young (guitars and harmonica).

The band's scorching sounds were augmented by Will Sergeant (Echo & the Bunnymen) playing lead guitar on "When The Bomb Drops," Warren Ellis (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds) playing fiddle on "Hell's Comin' Down," Alison Mosshart (The Kills) on backing vocals on several cuts.

The sessions for Riot City Blues were produced by Martin "Youth" Glover (Killing Joke, Crowded House, The Verve) with two tracks -- "We're Gonna Boogie" and "Hell's Comin' Down" -- produced by Primal Scream's own Andrew Innes.

After finishing the raw sessions in London, Primal Scream took the tracks to Los Angeles where, in another 10 day rush of creativity, the album was mixed by David Sardy at Village Recorders.

Primal Scream performed at the Isle of Wight Festival on June 10. The band is slated to support The Who and headline the Hyde Park Calling Festival on July 2 and perform at T in the Park on July 9.

Tracks on Riot City Blues include the raucous first single, "Country Girl," "Nitty Gritty," "Suicide Sally & Johnny Guitar," "When The Bomb Drops," "Little Death," "The 99th Floor," "We're Gonna Boogie," "Dolls (Sweet Rock and Roll)," "Hell's Comin' Down," and "Sometimes I Feel So Lonely."

Primal Scream filmed a rockin' risque video for "Country Girl," lensed by the acclaimed director Jonas Akerlund (Madonna, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, The Prodigy), in Los Angeles earlier this year.

Formed in 1984 by Jesus & Mary Chain drummer Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream released a pair of albums -- Sonic Flower Groove (1987) and Primal Scream (1989) before the group's landmark opus Screamadelica took home the first-ever Mercury Music Prize in 1991 and profoundly shaped the UK's pop musical landscape for more than a decade with its hallucinatory blend of dance, dub, techno, acid house and rock.

Riot City Blues is the first new full-length studio album from Primal Scream since 2002's Evil Heat.

SOURCE: Columbia Records

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