Blondie’s prepping Panic of Girls, the band’s ninth studio album, as the press release reminds us. Of course that fact is worth mentioning, as is the fact that it’s been eight years since their last studio LP. Band members and sonic references have changed since then: Among the album’s tracks is a cover of Beirut’s “Sunday Smile.” Beirut’s Zach Condon also plays trumpet on “Work Off My Sweat.” For reference, Condon was negative eight years old when the band released Parallel Lines in 1978, and was only 16 the last time they released a record. You can check out the video for first single “Mother” below. The Laurent Rejto-directed clip has lots of references to the gritty New York that Blondie grew up in — keep an eye out for many downtown characters, security cameras in dirty bathrooms, and zombies:
Panic Of Girls is out September 2011 via the band’s own label.