May 17th (digital) and July 26th (physical)
First album in 16 years
16 years since his last album, it’s time to salute anti-hero Gavin Friday, who returns to form with his new album catholic which will be released in North America on May 17th (digital) and July 26th (physical) on MB3 Records/EMI Music.
Fittingly enough, catholic comes to us at a global time of upheaval, of political chaos, and of spiritual, financial and moral bankruptcy. In personal terms, Friday has endured illness, the end of his marriage and his father’s death. To some, the personal is political; but Gavin Friday is clear that this is “an emotional, not a political, album”. Friday turned 50 prior to recording catholic and the songs testify to a life lived, but one that’s far from over – physically or creatively – which is clearly put forth in the lead single, “Able”.
In recent years, Gavin Friday’s career has been dominated by cinema, soundtrack and theatre, so its no surprise that their collective, lush shadow looms over catholic. To get a mere grasp of Friday’s career spanning four decades, one simply has to take a look at the list of artists who performed at his 50th birthday concert thrown in his honor at Carnegie Hall: Laurie Anderson, Antony, U2, Flo & Eddie, Bill Frisell, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Maria McKee, Shane MacGowan, Eric Mingus, JG Thirlwell, Lydia Lunch, Lou Reed, Martha & Rufus Wainwright.
Produced by Ken Thomas (Throbbing Gristle, Cocteau Twins, Sigur Ros), the gorgeously packaged catholic CD will also include a luscious 24 page Patrick McCabe (The Butcher Boy) novella. The singer likens catholic to “waking from a deep sleep, of letting go and coming to terms with loss”. Somewhere in the middle of all that, there are slivers of love, contentment and romance.
Artist. Germanophile. Singer. Non-conformist. catholic. All are intrinsically Gavin Friday, but the latter is definitely spelt with a small ‘c’.