Brant Bjork (ex-Kyuss) Debuts New Song “Charlie Gin”
“The Godfather of Desert Rock” to Release New LP, ‘Mankind Woman’, September 14
Legendary California-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and founding member of Kyuss, Brant Bjork, will release his new album, Mankind Woman, on September 14 via Heavy Psych Sounds Records. The LP, Bjork’s thirteenth solo effort, was engineered by Yosef Sanborn and tracked at Twentynine Palms, CA’s Zainaland, a creative Villa owned by Brant’s wife, Zaina. With Mankind Woman, Brant Bjork once again delivers a record that reminds the listener that it is often the ingredients of jazz, blues, and funk that makes rock music feel so good.
Today, Bjork releases the new song, “Charlie Gin,” a swinging summer single that he says combines “early rock ingredients like ‘church riffs’ and ‘folk-storytelling’ lyrics.” Check out Brant Bjork’s “Charlie Gin” at this location (via Ultimate Classic Rock).
Also in advance of the new record’s release, Consequence of Sound debuts the new Brant Bjork song, “Swagger & Sway,” calling the cut, “an effortlessly cool slice of psychedelic rock.” The deep-dive premiere features Bjork giving backstory to the track’s creation and the inspirations behind it. Hear Brant Bjork’s “Swagger & Sway” now at this location.
Mankind Woman marks the very first time in his career that Brant Bjork has collaborated with a singular producer and co-writer, Bubba Dupree, guitarist and friend from his Low Desert Punk Band and six-stringer for American hardcore punk band, Void. The resulting 11-track recording blossoms with moments of light and shade, loud and soft. It’s a collection of songs that sounds more like an effortless, unpretentious melding of jazz, R&B and rock steeped in California desert organics with friendly feels and deep grooves. From the initial salvo of the opening track “Chocolatize” to cuts like the edgy “Swagger & Sway”, the hypnotizing “Somebody”, through to the dynamic, supercharged closer “Nation of Indica”, it is clear that both Brant and Bubba specialize in the craft of the sound and feel of the music. Mankind Woman is an instant-mindset-transformer, a testament to the formative decades of song and sound and an album that begs to be revisited on hot summer nights.
On Mankind Woman, Brant Bjork has delved deeper lyrically than on any previous release, shining a light on on personal sensitivities, elite hypocrisies, racism, sexism and the daily struggle to find peace, love and understanding in today’s American society. The record features guest appearances from bass player Armand Secco Sabal, vocalist Sean Wheeler, who has been a touring member of the Low Desert Punk Band, and former Kyuss bandmate Nick Oliveri.
1.) Chocolatize (The Obelisk premiere)
2.) Lazy Wizards
3.) Charlie Gin (Ultimate Classic Rock premiere)
4.) Mankind Woman
6.) Swagger & Sway (Consequence of Sound premiere)
8.) Pretty Hairy
9.) Brand New Old Times
11.) Nation Of Indica
Pre-order Mankind Woman at this location.
In additional news, Brant Bjork has announced a fall North American tour run in support of Mankind Woman. The ten city trek, which will launch October 5 and include shows in Mexico, Canada, and California, will include shows with Earthless and Nebula. The just-announced itinerary is as follows:
Brant Bjork tour dates:
October 5 Calgary, AB The Palomino
October 6 Edmonton, AB Free Mason Hall (Brant Bjork DJ set ONLY)
October 7 Edmonton, AB The Starlite (w/ Earthess)
October 9 San Diego, CA Spacebar
October 10 Los Angeles, CA The Redwood (w/ Nebula)
October 11 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
October 12 Pioneertown, CA Pappy & Harriets (w/ Nebula)
October 13 Long Beach, CA Alex’s Bar (w/ Earthless)
October 16 Hermosillo, Mexico Pizza Del Perro Negro (w/ Sgt. Papers)
October 18 Merida, Mexico) Pizza Del Perro Negro
October 20 Mexico City, Mexico Rabioso / Pizza Del Perro Negro