The release of the Violent Femmes tenth album ‘Hotel Last Resort’ is marked by the premiere of a playful but potent video that accompanies the album’s rambunctious new rendition of I’m Nothing.
Originally recorded for 1994’s New Times, this latest version of I’m Nothing sees a featured appearance from life-long pro skateboarder Stefan Janoski that also sees him team up with the band creating the Nike SB Zoom Janoski “Violent Femmes” – a one-of-a-kind exclusive shoe inspired by I’m Nothing Designed by Janoski, the Nike SB Zoom Janoski “Violent Femmes” will see the words “I’M NOTHING” screen-printed in the skateboarder’s handwriting on the tongue of the shoe, while his exclusive artwork will be included on the custom sock liner.
Chain stitched on the left shoe will be the word “VIOLENT” and on the right shoe, the word “FEMMES,” with a vulc tape mirror appliqué in Tour Yellow. The Nike SB Zoom Janoski “Violent Femmes” releases in fall 2019.
Having announced the arrival of ‘Hotel Last Resort’ earlier this year with the release of title track, featuring the iconic guitar sound of Television co-founder Tom Verlaine that saw Rolling Stone hailing it thus; “Throughout the winding cut, Gano unfurls a series of intriguing lyrical vignettes (I don’t change the chords anymore/The chords change themselves; I’ve become invisible because one is not divisible) over droning acoustic strums and Verlaine’s textural lead lines.”
Recorded at Denver, CO’s Mighty Fine Productions with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show) and GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Ryan Mall, ‘Hotel Last Resort’ resides among Violent Femmes’ finest hours, simultaneously refining and redefining their one-of-a-kind take on American music, mingling front porch folk, post punk, spiritual jazz, country blues, avant garde improvisation, and golden age rock ‘n’ roll.
Hotel Last Resort is out now on all digital platforms HERE and available on CD & LP on 30th August.
Founded and fronted of course by singer/guitarist Gordon Gano and acoustic bass guitarist Brian Ritchie, the Milwaukee-based combo remain as warm, wise, and weird as ever before, with such new favorites as Another Chorus and Everlasting You continuing to mine the vast range of ideas, melodic complexity, and organic sonic craftsmanship that has characterized the band’s body of work since their landmark 1983 debut.
Ever eager to push their music forward, Violent Femmes have spent the past three years joined by percussionist John Sparrow and multi-instrumentalist Blaise Garza, both longtime members of The Horns of Dilemma, the band’s ever-evolving cabal of multi-instrumentalist backing musicians. Sparrow’s novel use of a Weber Grill as a rhythm instrument along with the extreme tones of Garza’s central instrument, the massive contrabass saxophone, bring a stunning depth to the Femmes’ famous sound, imbuing songs like Paris To Sleep and Adam Was A Man with a striking richness and imaginative edge.
Violent Femmes are: Gordon Gano: lead vocal, guitar * Brian Ritchie: acoustic bass guitar, baritone guitar, vocal, percussion * John Sparrow: BBQ, snare, tom, percussion, vocal * Blaise Garza: baritone, contrabass and sopranino saxophones, vocal, piano, harmonium, theremin, percussion.
Watch the video for ‘I’m Nothing’ here: