I occasionally tune in to Shooter Jennings’s show on Sirius XM. He often touts upcoming releases from his label, Black Country Records. Over the last few weeks, he’s been talking up an upcoming album of previously unreleased material from a session that he and his father did together back in 1996.
Much of that ended up getting used later on the album Waylon Forever, posthumously released in 2008. Still, Shooter insists that his father was interested in taking things in another direction: industrial. He’s taken a bit of grief from purists who’d rather not hear Waylon singing over Skinny Puppy sounding tracks and have their doubts about whether this is what he would have wanted.
If that’s the case, I don’t know why Shooter would do it. If he wanted to misuse his father’s legacy, wouldn’t he do something a bit more commercial? I realize that he has never exactly been mainstream, but it would be strange for him to go this far out. I haven’t detected any previous “industrial” direction in Shooter’s music.
I stumbled over a couple of tracks for the project, called Fenixon, on Jennings’s show last night. I wasn’t sure what I tuned into. I heard a noisy scratchy industrial track, then Waylon’s voice came in. I figured out that it was the debut of the album at that point.
I’ll wait to hear the whole album before I put this down to “Sounds like a fun idea but…” category that I reserve for Lou Reed’s collaboration with Metallica or that album Hank III did with the auctioneers.
A promotional video, featuring a song called “I Found the Body,” was released a couple of weeks ago:
Yep, it sounds industrial. Given when the work on it started, it was no big surprise that it sounds a little like Nine Inch Nails and the Prodigy.
The album was released on white vinyl on Saturday. A full release on other formats is due on Wednesday.
Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.