SEATTLE, WA â€“ Sub Pop veterans Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan return to the label in its 20th year under the moniker The Gutter Twins for the March 4th, 2008 worldwide release of Saturnalia, their highly anticipated first album. In addition, the band has announced a handful of very special US and European show dates to preview the complex and carefully crafted songs in advance of the official record release. Show dates and on sale information provided below.
Mark Lanegan rose to fame as singer for the much loved Seattle band Screaming Trees qnd Greg Dulli as the magnetic leader of the Afghan Whigs. Following the break up of both groups, Lanegan and Dulli went on to achieve significant notice on their own. Lanegan continued to release successful solo albums, as well as create vivid partnerships with the likes of Belle & Sebastian singer Isobel Campbell and Queens of the Stone Age. Dulli, meanwhile, innovatively fused indie, soul and electronic sounds in his post-Whigs ensemble the Twilight Singers, who released their first album, Twilight As Played By The Twilight Singers, in 2000; the most recent Twilight effort, 2006â€™s Powder Burns, proved a crowning achievement, landing on many year-end best lists.
The Gutter Twins was born out of a rumor told by Lanegan to a journalist after the two artists began collaborating together in various ways in 2002. What started as a rumor grew into an honest and raw record, and while Saturnalia brings together the driving forces behind â€˜90s favorites, the record does not rest on the sonic laurels of these singerâ€™s previous successes.
â€œI couldnâ€™t tell you what Saturnaliaâ€™s theme is, but thereâ€™s a seeking of transcendence thatâ€™s new.â€ Greg Dulli explains. â€œI have never written songs like this beforeâ€ itâ€™s a different temple Iâ€™m visiting.â€
For more information on The Gutter Twins please visit: http://www.subpop.com/media/the_gutter_twins
Upcoming show Dates
2/14/08 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom (On sale 11/30)
2/19/08 Paris, France Maroquinerie (On sale 11/29)
2/21/08 London, England Koko â€“ Sponsored by NME (On sale now)
2/23/08 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg (On Sale11/29)
3/1/08 San Francisco, CA Noise Pop â€“ Bimboâ€™s