New Album, Big Bad Luv, Released 5th May
John Moreland by Matt White
Big Bad Luv – the new album from John Moreland – is an honest, bruising experience. A record about love, faith and the human condition, it’s his debut for 4AD and the first full-length released to worldwide anticipation on the 5th of May 2017.
‘It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before)’, the first track to be released from Big Bad Luv, is launched today. Hear it in full below, or via streaming services here.
‘It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before)’ (Audio)
Moving from Kentucky to Tulsa when he was ten years old, John fronted hardcore and punk bands throughout his high school years before feeling the pull of the lyricism he heard in folk and country music; “I was 19 in 2004, and Steve Earle had put out The Revolution Starts Now, and I remember hearing the song ‘Rich Man’s War’ and totally feeling like somebody just punched me in the chest”. Moreland has been chasing the ‘chest punch’ ever since, composing pointedly and prodigiously, releasing largely self-produced albums every other year since 2011.
Playing an equally pivotal role in his rise have been his mesmeric solo performances (including his performance on Colbert in 2016) and burgeoning word-of-mouth live reputation.
His fourth album, Big Bad Luv, was recorded in Little Rock, AK, and mostly with a crew of Tulsa friends: John Calvin Abney (piano and guitar), Aaron Boehler (bass), Paddy Ryan (drums), Jared Tyler (dobro) and Lucero’s Rick Steff (piano). Coming together in three sessions over ten months, which were sandwiched between touring dates and life, the final album was then mixed by GRAMMY winning Tchad Blake, who has worked with iconic acts from Al Green to Tom Waits.
Asked whether he feels Big Bad Luv is a perhaps a happier record, “I don’t think I’m writing songs that are that much different. It’s always been a positive thing at heart, even if a song isn’t sunshine and rainbows. At the very least my songs have been a way to exorcise negative feelings so that I can move on. And hopefully they provide that same experience to listeners. So that’s what I’m still doing. I think it’s a positive thing. I think this record, there’s definitely a change in attitude, but it’s the same point of view.”
John plays three shows in the UK on the week of the album’s release (Òran Mór in Glasgow and the Union Chapel in London twice). He’s also confirmed to play this year’s End of the Road Festival later in the year.
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
6th May – Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
8th May – London, UK – Union Chapel
9th May – London, UK – Union Chapel SOLD OUT
11th May – Paris, France – Les Etoiles
13th May – Hamburg, Germany – Kampnagel
14th May – Berlin, Germany – Passionkirche
16th May – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
1st-3rd Sept – Larmer Tree Gardens, UK – End of the Road Festival
All Worldwide Dates Are Here.
John Moreland – Big Bad Luv
1. Sallisaw Blue
2. Old Wounds
3. Every Kind of Wrong
4. Love Is Not an Answer
5. Lies I Chose to Believe
6. Amen, So Be It
7. No Glory in Regret
8. Ain’t We Gold
9. Slow Down Easy
10. It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before)
11. Latchkey Kid