Yep Roc Records To Release New Studio Album by Minus 5
Minus 5 ?The Gun Album?
Featuring members of R.E.M., Wilco, The Decemberists, and more
Street date February 7, 2006
SXSW and West Coast tour dates w/Robyn Hitchcock announced!
The music collective/cabal known as the Minus 5, headed up by mastermind Seattle pop/punk godfather Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Tuatura, R.E.M.) is back with a new studio album full of more hooks than a fishing trawler and more musical ideas than you can wrap your head around in a single sitting. Eponymously titled, the Minus 5 themselves have been referring to this as ?the gun album?; the album cover is simply adorned with the image of a handgun.
Scott McCaughey :: Minus5
This record could not have happened without the superhuman efforts of Scott McCaughey. Even though Mr. McCaughey had the assistance of the usual horde of ragtag bandoleros, it was Scott who hung the notes on the staff, gathered the orchestra (paying triple union scale, out of pocket), set up a microphone, manufactured the recording tape, invented electricity, and provided each participant with a sponge and a marmot. Therefore, regarding this project, it is at Scott McCaughey only that any projectiles or pearls must be hurled.
In the past, scribes have noted that McCaughey (pronounced ?McCoy?) is a crafter of ?gorgeously written, infectious, perfectly interpreted takes on the roots of the best '60s pop" (L.A. Times), a songsmith capable of crafting "melodies and lyrics that most songwriters wait a lifetime for" (Interview Magazine). McCaughey himself is slightly more circumspect:
This is the new Minus 5 album. Against all odds, it is perhaps the seventh full-lengther in a career marked primarily by catastrophe, shame and fisticuffs. (Leave triumphs to those that beseech them.)
Let the silvery golden music, a vast expanse of X?s and O?s, or 0?s and 1?s, reign over you. And if after, you grab yourself a pistol, and put a hole into a bible, just remember: that Bible might be in somebody?s coat pocket.
-Scott McCaughey, November 2005
The Minus 5 (aka The Gun Album) features the McCaughey/Buck/Ramberg and Rieflin tour line-up, as well as two tracks recorded in Chicago with Wilco, and guests John Wesley Harding, Kelly Hogan, Morgan Fisher (Mott), Sean Nelson (Harvey Danger/Long Winters), and Colin Meloy and John Moen (Decemberists).
1 Rifle Called Goodbye
2 Aw Shit Man
3 Out There on the Maroon
4 My Life as a Creep
5 With a Gun
6 Cemetery Row W14
7 Twilight Distillery
8 Cigarettes Coffee and Booze
9 Leftover Life to Kill
10 Hotel Senator
11 Bought a Rope
12 All Worn Out
13 Original Luke
Minus 5 & Robyn Hitchcock
2.23.06 | Solano Beach, CA | Belly Up Tavern
2.24.06 | San Juan Capistrano, CA | The Coach House
2.25.06 | Los Angeles, CA | The Key Club
2.27.06 | San Francisco, CA | Slim's
3.02.06 | Eugene, OR | Sam Bond's Garage
3.03.06 | Portland, OR | Doug Fir Lounge
3.04.06 | Seattle, WA | The Crocodile Cafe
The Minus 5
Austin, TX @ the Continental Club (SXSW Yep Roc Showcase) TBA
Midwest/East/South tour dates to be announced soon for 3.17 - 4.01.06