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The dark knight rises

Despite possessing an awe-inspiring back catalogue, Seattle survivor Mark Lanegan remains an enigma. Following the release of With Animals, his second full-length album with British multi-instrumentalist Duke Garwood, the singer tells Dan Biggane how music was his saviour…

With his brooding, bluesy baritone and delicious dark tales of romance, regret and redemption, Mark Lanegan has cultivated the most impressive collection of soulful bourbon-soaked songs and beautifully bruised ballads. His instantly recognisable velvety vocals have drawn the attention of a wide range of artists across the musical landscape and it would appear that this particular lone wolf is more than content to surround himself with a tight-knit pack of like-minded collaborators, the latest being British mood-maker Duke Garwood.

“I first met Duke at the Bush Hall in London when he was performing in Steve Gullick’s band and I was with Soulsavers”, opens Lanegan, his deep voice contemplative and focused. “I already had a copy of his record, Emerald Palace, and was a fan. That was some 10 years ago now, but we agreed that night to work together and the result was Black Pudding [2013]. That album developed over a number of years, with Duke sending me music to write words for. Eventually he came over to California and we went into the studio.

“For With Animals, Duke was watching my house and taking care of my animals while I was away for a couple of weeks. He borrowed an eight-track cassette recorder and when I returned he had all this beautiful music. I found it really inspiring and wrote the words in two or three days. We hadn’t even talked about making another record and it is probably the most spontaneous album I’ve ever been a part of.”

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About Long Live Vinyl

As the exhaustive new 15-disc David Bowie boxset, Loving The Alien, hits the streets, Long Live Vinyl lifts the lid on the period between 1983-88 when Bowie became a global pop megastar. Through exclusive interviews with Nile Rodgers, Carlos Alomar, Reeves Gabrels and Hugh Padgham, we bring you the inside story behind Bowie’s biggest decade, as well as an in-depth look at the reimagined Never Let Me Down 2018 album that’s the highlight of the new boxset. Elsewhere in this packed issue, we speak to Mark Lanegan about making his most spontaneous album to date with Duke Garwood; Hookworms reveal how they’ve become one of the UK’s most exciting live acts – while holding down day jobs; Cornershop look forward to their long-awaited new album; and Matt Berry kicks off the countdown to National Album Day. Dennis Morris tells us about his career photographing bona fide music legends including Bob Marley and the Sex Pistols; our Classic Album is Primal Scream’s 1991 collision of garage rock and dance music, Screamadelica; we round up 40 Essential Queen albums; and The Trip heads to Bordeaux on a French cratedigging adventure. If all that’s not enough, we bring you the widest range of new album, reissue, turntable and accessory reviews anywhere on the newsstand.