Chuck Prophet, formally of cult 80s new-psych outfit Green On Red, has just released a new single and accompanying video for ‘Nixonland’, taken from his latest album ‘The land that time forgot’, which has been recently pushed back until August 21st via Yep Roc Records.
The album will be his 15 solo record, and for the first time he references politics directly in his music, looking back at growing up in a Republican household in former President Nixon’s home town of La Habra.
He says of that upbringing “My family did used to go to San Clemente on vacation, camping there under the stars. Hunting for grunion at night under a full moon. Grunion hunting is a trip and a half. Running along the shore at midnight under a full moon with a bucket. You can see the waves glitter and sparkle with these silvery little fish as they wash up on the sand. I remember a Secret Service guy stopped us as we were running along the shore. I looked up and could see it, high on a cliff: Nixon’s “Western White House.” I also remember a field trip in fourth grade to a place in La Habra, California that had a plaque that read something like, “This was once the site of Richard Nixon’s first law office.” Yes, yes, your tax dollars hard at work. He was everywhere! I actually looked that up. Googled it. Afraid that I may have dreamed that up. It’s true. It happened. The building is now gone but they took some bricks from it and the plaque is still there.”
Nixonland sees Prophet as his storytelling best, and his words are wrapped around this anthemIf slice of indie/Americana. It’s decorated with these little, gorgeous, snatches of choral work and this psychobilly guitar solo.
it’s accompanied by this rather brilliant animated video created by Nathan Golub, that bring Prophets worlds to life. Check it out, here
I just wanted to get in touch with a new single from Californian singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet, formerly of cult 80s neo-psych outfit Green On Red. He’s today sharing a new single and video for ‘Nixonland’, the latest cut to be taken from his incoming ‘The Land That Time Forgot’ LP due for release August 21st via Yep Roc Records. Would love to hear your thoughts on the track and if you might fancy covering?
You can stream the track here: https://ffm.to/landtimeforgot
And the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rdu9Aq0A0s
Find hi-res press pics here: https://bit.ly/2HZXQNs
& read all about it in the below press release.
Always a storyteller, the 12 songs on the Americana legend’s latest album create weird and wonderful worlds in which their protagonists might be on the run from the truant officer, a hands-y boss or the Immigration Service. They also see Chuck’s first politically-influenced songs too, reflecting mostly on his upbringing in a Republican Party household. New single ‘Nixonland’, out today, is a recollection of his childhood years spent growing up in the former president’s hometown, La Habra.
Since his former band – the psychedelic Alt-country pioneers, Green In Red – broke up in 1992, Chuck has recorded fourteen solo albums (most recently, 2017’s ‘Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins’) and toured and recorded with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Aimee Mann, Cake, Alejandro Escovedo and Jonathan Richman. In addition to that, he’s even had such names as Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Solomon Burke and Heart cover his songs.