Margot and The Nuclear So and So's premiered the first video, "Prozac Rock", off their upcoming fourth LP Rot Gut, Domestic earlier this month which was directed by Dom Bloink.
A "Prozac Rock" single, featuring B-side "Fingertips", is currently available digitally via iTunes and Amazon. Rot Gut, Domestic will be released on March 20th, 2012 on the band's own Mariel Recording Company.
The band has also announced a spring headlining tour throughout the eastern US and into Canada. The tour will launch on March 31st with a performance at the sold out CD101 Day Side A at the LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH, and wrap up on April 21st in Atlanta, GA, and includes an April 11th show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. Full tour dates are below.
Rot Gut, Domestic is the Nukes' rawest take on their evocative, soaring brand of guitar-centric pop. The album follows in the footsteps of the more brazen, rocking songs that comprised 2010's Buzzard (called "masterpieces of controlled tension" by SPIN) and the first four tracks provide a fittingly booming intro. Opener "Disease Tobacco Free" is a propulsive low-end led rumble; squealing guitars and rough-hewn edges augment the sinister air of "Books About Trains"; "Shannon" is a bleary-eyed and grimy, fuzzy bass stomp; and the undulating "Prozac Rock" is a modern pop song's frenetic, slightly spooky sister. The swinging, sweetly twisted tale of "A Journalist Falls In Love" and the rolling "Ludlow Junk Hustle" ease the album's pace, and The Nukes still pen some of the most moving, lush songs today, heard here in the gorgeous, sweeping guitar lilt of "Coonskin Cap".
Singer/songwriter Richard Edwards wrote Rot Gut, Domestic over 26 days in Pismo Beach, CA last spring. Plagued by chronic stomach pain, he'd headed to Pismo Beach - which had become a somewhat mythical place for the band, a respite of calm and healing where they'd somehow always been drawn - following the last days of the band's touring around Buzzard. The album was conceived as the second installment of the band's 'panic pop' trilogy, Edwards composing a new set of songs about Midwestern fringe characters set to his skewed version of the pop music on which he was raised. Upon returning to his current hometown of Chicago, IL, Edwards and the rest of the band headed into Electrical Audio studio with producer/engineer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Bill Callahan, The Walkmen). The Nukes churned out these 12 resounding tracks over 10 days in July before Congleton returned to his Dallas, TX studio to mix the album.
Margot and The Nuclear So and So's Tour Dates:
MAR. 31 -- COLUMBUS, OH -- LC PAVILION -- (CD101 DAY SIDE A - SOLD OUT)
APR. 01 -- AKRON, OH -- MUSICA
APR. 03 -- GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- PYRAMID SCHEME
APR. 04 -- ANN ARBOR, MI -- THE BLIND PIG
APR. 05 -- TORONTO, ONT -- GARRISON
APR. 06 -- BUFFALO, NY -- THE NINTH WARD
APR. 07 -- PITTSBURGH, PA -- BRILLBOX
APR. 09 -- HAMDEN, CT -- THE SPACE
APR. 10 -- BOSTON, MA -- THE MIDDLE EAST
APR. 11 -- BROOKLYN, NY -- MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG
(Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 DOS - support acts are Ezra Furman and Writer)
APR. 12 -- PHILADELPHIA, PA -- FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH
APR. 13 -- WASHINGTON, DC -- ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL
APR. 14 -- CHAPEL HILL, NC -- LOCAL 506
APR. 15 -- NASHVILLE, TN -- EXIT/IN
APR. 17 -- ORLANDO, FL -- THE PLAZA
APR. 18 -- TAMPA, FL -- CROWBAR
APR. 19 -- TALLAHASSEE, FL -- CLUB DOWN UNDER
APR. 20 -- BIRMINGHAM, AL -- BOTTLETREE
APR. 21 -- ATLANTA, GA -- TBA
Margot & The Nuclear So and So's