Towards the end of last year, CVU checked in with Scott Lucas during the mixing stage of his group Scott Lucas & The Married Men‘s latest offering. Now, new information about the band’s forthcoming record, entitled Blood Half Moon, has been made available. The album is set to drop on June 5th via The End Records, and was produced by Andy Gerber, with the majority of recording done at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio. Rounding out the effort’s team was engineer Greg Norman and metal-focused mixer Sanford Parker. Speaking of the effort in a new press blast, Lucas discusses the volume dynamic with the group’s more vulnerable aesthetic.
“The more we played live, the louder the amps got. The louder the amps got….you get the idea. After a certain point, we quit fighting it and decided to get chocolate all over our peanut butter,” the frontman states. “It’s not like we’ve turned into Slayer or anything – we’ve just decided to embrace our dark side. And that goes for the lyrics, as well.”
“Even on, what you might call, the prettier songs – we let that darkness creep into the lyrics,” the artist continues. “‘There You Are’ has these delicate three-part harmonies, singing about graves and maggots. It’s like ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ meets the Grim Reaper. For ‘Blood Half Moons’ – which is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a beautiful piece of music – I drove around in the desert for a couple of days and came back with lyrics full of blood, crows, and whiskey. And that dichotomy – the light of the music vs. the darkness of the lyrics – only serves to reinforce each other. It makes the songs seem MORE hopeful than if it was all flowers and babies. At least, to me.”
Find the effort’s track listing below, followed by its cover art, the group performing album cut “There Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)” in the studio, and Lucas’ CVU interview during the record’s mixing session. And catch Scott Lucas & The Married Men live in Chicago on June 9th at the Metro.
Scott Lucas & The Married Men – Blood Half Moon
1. Lover The Lullaby
2. Blood Half Moons
3. Steady Gaze
4. There You Are
5. Old Worries
6. Out Of The Boat
7. Heavy Lidded Love
8. There Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)