When The Black Heart Procession broke their three-year silence with last year’s critically-lauded comeback, Six, it showcased the iconic band born from the self-imposed hiatus of Three Mile Pilot returning to its roots, crafting the kind of minimalist noir ballads that made them so beloved in the first place. Returning to its core duo of Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel for the making of Six proved to be just the burst of inspiration the group needed. With fewer cooks in the kitchen, the two could explore the farthest reaches of their creative impulses like never before.
This band was the soundtrack to my life from ages 15-17 and they’re absolutely still one of my top 10 favorites ever. The reasons should be obvious, but in case they aren’t, let me help:
Enter the new record – scheduled to drop on October 12th. Befitting of The Black Heart Procession, Blood Bunny / Black Rabbit takes the experimentation hinted at on Six and expands upon it in bizarre and brilliant ways. Centered around three stunning new songs, the collection is arranged and mixed as one continuous composition, sounding every bit like an LSD-influenced DJ set in the kind of terrifying but strangely alluring vampire sex den commonly seen in True Blood. It’s the ideal atmosphere for The Black Heart Procession, where they feel most comfortable and sound most in control. And it’s fucking fantastic. I shit you not – Blood Bunny / Black Rabbit is an incredible piece of music.
The set is rounded out by a series of remixes, most notably the eccentric freak-out “Freeze” by legendary dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry and ambient electronic luminary Eluvium’s 10-minute orchestral reconstruction of the solitary piano ballad “Drugs”. Jenkins remixes a couple of tunes himself under the guise of Mr. Tube, and San Diego electronic producers Jamuel Saxon close the album with an unlikely downtempo dance reworking of “Drugs” that transforms the song’s morose lyrics into a meditative, almost hopeful trance.
If Blood Bunny / Black Rabbit was supposed to be a stop-gap between albums, no one seems to have told the band as much. It is easily one of The Black Heart Procession’s more compelling and intriguing releases of their extensive and impressive catalog.
Sep 28 @ Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY w/ Bing & Ruth
Sep 29 @ The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA w/ The Books
Sep 30 @ 9:30 Club, Washington, DC w/ The Books
Oct 1 @ Shaefer Theater, Duke University, Durham, NC w/ The Books
Oct 3 @ Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA w/ The Books
Oct 4 @ Square Room, Knoxville, TN w/ The Books
Oct 5 @ Jefferson Theatre, Charlottesville, VA w/ The Books
Oct 6 @ Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD w/ The Books
Oct 21 @ Somerville Theater, Somerville, MA w/ The Books
Oct 22 @ Pearl Street Nightclub, Northampton, MA w/ The Books
Oct 23 @ Cabaret Mile End, Montreal, PQ w/ The Books
Oct 24 @ Capitol Music Hall, Ottawa, ON w/ The Books
Oct 25 @ The Mod Club, Toronto, ON w/ The Books
Oct 26 @ Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI w/ The Books
Oct 27 @ Ladies Literary Club, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI w/ The Books
Oct 29 @ Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL w/ The Books
Oct 30 @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN w/ The Books
Nov 29 @ Music Box At The Henry Fonda, Los Angeles, CA w/ The Books
Nov 30 @ Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA w/ The Books
Dec 3 @ Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR w/ The Books
Dec 4 @ Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA w/ The Books
Dec 5 @ Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC w/ The Books