Its been a few years since 2004’s Love Songs For Partriots, but that’s no big deal — it was a ten-year break before that. So, yeah, let’s say we’re happy it didn’t take as long for Mark Eitzel and his American Music Club to hit us with a new batch of songs, the ninth full-length The Golden Age, which fittingly includes this airy, suitably nostalgic “All The Lost Souls Welcome You To San Francisco.”
All yesterday’s parties. Reminiscent of the Pernice Brothers — that sorta sunny and sad floating. Though, yeah, that picture’s not so sunny, as the band and their cohorts noted at the AMC site about the new one:
The overall sound is lighter than on previous AMC recordings.
Of course there are many reasons why. 1) AMC refutes the label of ‘Emo Pioneers’. For the record they hate Emo and have never been on the soundtrack for any W.B. network show. (yet) 2) Dark music is for people who are healthy enough to take it – and AMC want to appeal to all people – including the sick. 3) Mark Eitzel comments: “What will my neighbors in my retirement community think? How will I charm the nurse that tends to me? I want to fill my mouth with sugar and spit it on everyone when I talk. I want to cover the world with chocolate cake icing.”
Yes there is a song about the World Trade Center.
But such controversy is nothing new for this ‘Right On’ political band. Sean (bass) is a right leaning liberal texan who hates NPR and is the proud owner of a Segway. Vudi (guitar) dreams of an imperialist world of powdered wigs and waltz’s in ballrooms. Mark (vocals) is a gay communist who once wrote an article: ‘How Secure Will Your House Be During The Apocalypse’. Steve (drums) is a Christian activist who only plays in this band because the end times are upon us and what the fuck.
The new album should be released in early 2008. When the ice and snow is thick and heavy. When your winter depression finally kicks in. No Christmas or New Years to look forward to – just the iron grip of the cold and the bleak endless news reports on the death we bring to the middle east and to ourselves. Perfect. Merge did much market research and focus group after focus group said this would be the perfect time to release our new record. Of course it will be. After that we tour and bring our own version of American Freedom to a waiting and willing world.
The baker’s dozen-strong tracklist:
01 “All My Love”
02 “The John Berchman Victory Choir”
03 “Decibels and Little Pills”
04 “The Sleeping Beauty”
05 “The Stars”
06 “All The Lost Souls Welcome You to San Francisco”
07 “Who You Are”
08 “The Windows On The World”
09 “One Step Ahead”
10 “The Dance”
11 “I Know That’s Not Really You”
12 “On My Way”
13 “The Grand Duchess Of San Francisco”
The Golden Age is out 2/19 on Merge.