On Tuesday, Chris Robinson Brotherhood announced the coming release of their new studio album, Servants of the Sun, due out on June 14th via Silver Arrow Records.
The new record marks the band’s sixth full-length release since their formation in 2011. While previous CRB records have taken a more exploratory, studio-centric approach, Servants of the Sun is “their most direct, bare bones, rock and roll offering since debut companion albums Big Moon Ritual and The Magic Door.”
As Chris Robinson explains in a press release, “I let my head go to a Saturday night at The Fillmore, and said, ‘what’s the best set we could play?’ The record was conceived from that starting point. With our last couple of albums we made songs we knew we probably weren’t going to play live. This time around every one of these songs will fall into the live repertoire.”
“The best thing about the CRB after all this time is that no matter what we’re going through, when there’s a new piece of music that everyone is interested in, the entire band gets in there and goes for it,” continues Robinson.
The album captures Robinson and company hurtling between the fire and mania of Saturday night and the bruises and rain-on-the-bus-window reflection of the cold Sunday morning dawn. As the announcement notes, “Beyond the bullet holes, red-eyed angry angels, alchemy, praying mantises, hangovers, and all other manner of cosmic debris gone lyrically airborne—love is lost, new love is found, relationships are bent and broken by distance and time or by unrelenting proximity and timelessness. All the while, the line between autobiography and psychedelic fantasy is completely blurred.”
“I like to write ‘scenes.’ I want you to be able to storyboard these lyrics into a visual, even the abstract part of them,” says Robinson. “We’re creating a world and we want people to come in. We’re doing it through language and this texture of music and melody. Sometimes it’s a celebration, sometimes its mourning. It can be anything once you get inside.”
Below, you can listen to the first single from Servants of the Sun, “Comin’ Round The Mountain”:
Chris Robinson Brotherhood – “Comin’ Round The Mountain”
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Check out a full tracklisting for Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s forthcoming album, Servants of the Sun, below. For a list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to their website here.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Servants of the Sun – Tracklisting
1. Some Earthly Delights
2. Let It Fall
3. Rare Birds
4. Venus In Chrome
5. Stars Fell On California
6. Comin’ Round The Mountain
7. The Chauffeur’s Daughter
8. Dice Game
9. Madder Rose Interlude
10. A Smiling Epitaph