Remo Drive have returned with details of their highly awaited new album, ‘A Portrait of an Ugly Man’, which sees its release June 26 via Epitaph Records.
The lead single ‘Star Worship’ explores the need to eschew reverence for others and instead trust in yourself. It comes accompanied with a video which the brothers shot in their parents’ garage to keep busy during the ongoing quarantine.
A slice of tremolo-heavy classic rock filtered through the lens of the gunslinging American West, Remo Drive’s third album, ‘A Portrait of an Ugly Man’ finds them truly in their element – both physically and sonically. Whereas the Paulsons filtered their buoyant songwriting through the concise lens of storytellers like Bruce Springsteen and The Killers on ‘Natural, Everyday Degradation’, ‘A Portrait of an Ugly Man’ is more spontaneous, bolstered by the same charm and levity that made 2017’s ‘Greatest Hits’ such an underground favorite.
“I wanted to get back to playing guitar the way I used to, and then throw songwriting on top of that,” Erik says. “On the last album, I approached playing guitar in a more songwriter-y way. I had really scaled it back so it wouldn’t be as hard for me to sing and play simultaneously, but the guitar is way more forward again now.”
Self-produced and mixed, ‘A Portrait of an Ugly Man’ feels all at once familiar and fresh. Taking shape in their parent’s basement, the space breathed a looseness into the songs, while the freedom of the sessions left the band able to explore the next evolution of their sound.
While touring plans have been put on hold due to Covid-19 measures, the band have several upcoming live streaming performances.
Remo Drive Live Streaming Schedule:
Tuesday, April 28: Audiotree / 7:00 – 7:30PM EST (00:00 – 00:30 BST)
Wednesday, April 29: Sennheiser / 4:00 – 4:30PM EST (9:00 – 9:30PM BST)
Thursday, April 30: Consequence of Sound / 4:00 – 4:30PM EST (9:00 – 9:30PM BST)