Alt-Rock Godfather Tyson Meade Releases New Single, Announces New Album
Alt-rock godfather and Chainsaw Kittens frontman Tyson Meade has shared a new track, "P.S. Nuclear Forest Dance Boogie". The song premiered on Popmatters who writes that the track "reminds us of Meade's ability to weave the unusual into the familiar and create musical settings that are as forward-looking now as they were when he began his recording career in the 1980s." The track is the second single from his upcoming album Robbing The Nuclear Family, which will be released on March 22nd on Shaking Shanghai.
Listen - Tyson Meade: "P.S. Nuclear Forest Dance Boogie"
Like his critically-acclaimed 2014 solo release Tomorrow in Progress, which included fantastic contributions from Smashing Pumpkins' Jimmy Chamberlin, Other Lives' Jesse Tabish, and The Flaming Lips' Derek Brown, Robbing The Nuclear Family features contributions from elder statesmen of the Beijing rock scene PK 14, Shanghai violinist Haffijy, The Flaming Lips' Matt Duckworth, and Grammy-award winning drummer Rob Martin. Drums were recorded by Grammy award-winning mixer Trent Bell at Bell Labs Recording. Robbing also has the heavy imprint of multi-instrumentalist David "Immy" Immerglück of alternative rock greats Counting Crows, Camper Van Beethoven, and the Monks of Doom.
Meade recently released the exquisitely subversive and frenetic video for "He's The Candy": http://youtu.be/XStqtTXFVcg
Through the years, Meade-and his legendary three-octave voice-has toured with Iggy Pop, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane's Addiction, the Meat Puppets, and many others. Brooklyn Vegan wrote in 2014 that "Tyson Meade has fronted not one but two influential bands. In the '80s he fronted cult band Defenestration (Kurt Cobain counted them as an influence on Nirvana), and got more attention in the '90s with the glammy Chainsaw Kittens (Iggy Pop and Smashing Pumpkins were fans)." The group predated and outlasted the other 1990s alternative rock acts with its energetic blend of glam-damaged energy, theatrical extremity, and punk rock basics. As Popmatters previously observed, "But whereas in Defenestration it was all tempered with a vaguely mainstream rock sensibility... the Chainsaw Kittens dove enthusiastically off the deep end, into the extreme waters of glam-pop-punk, full-on transvestitism, and for the first time, openly gay lyrics."
The creative zeal that established Meade as an iconic leader of the alternative rock movement is apparent throughout Robbing The Nuclear Family, and the album's 10 tracks draw widely from his signature mix of punk energy, vivid arrangements, and politically charged lyrics.