Singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Butch Walker will release The Spade, his debut album for Dangerbird Records on August 30, 2011. Butch Walker started out as a member of acclaimed band Marvelous 3 and has since embarked on a solo career, with equal successes as both artist and producer. An adrenaline-pumping blast of hook-fueled rock and roll, The Spade features 10 new tracks written by Walker and recorded with his longtime bandmates The Black Widows and Patrick Keeler (of The Raconteurs) in Venice, CA.
The record showcases Walker’s sharp lyrical wit and unbridled affection for the anthemic pop of his youth. From first single “Summer of 89” (where he sings ” Nobody really knew Bryan Adams wasn’t cool / The TV just told me he was”) to “Synthesizers” (“I don’t have a synthesizer / I can still get down like Duran Duran in 1985”), the album is full of knowing winks, half-cocked smiles, and monster sing-alongs. Walker writes with a boozy swagger, leading his band through what sounds like the soundtrack to the world’s greatest house party.
Walker has produced hits and written songs for some of the biggest names in music today, including Katy Perry, Weezer, Pink, and Avril Lavigne. In addition to five studio albums released since 2002, he was named Producer of the Year by Rolling Stone and performed alongside Taylor Swift and Stevie Nicks at The Grammys. Walker’s latest album, I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart, earned sterling reviews, with Rolling Stone calling him “one of America’s best singer-songwriters” and the LA Times calling it a “reaffirmation of the pleasures of witty phrasing and a perfect chorus.”
Butch and the Black Widows are playing the Sunset Junction Music & Arts Festival in Los Angeles, CA on August 27th and will hit the road for more shows later this year.
Butch Walker & The Black Widows – The Spade
Release date: August 30, 2011
Label: Dangerbird Records
Formats: CD, LP, Digital
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01. Bodegas and Blood
02. Every Single Body Else
04. Summer of 89
05. Day Drunk
07. Dublin Crow
08. Closest Thing To You I’m Gonna Find
09. Bullet Belt