Violent Femmes today reveal ‘I’m Nothing’, the latest track from their much-anticipated new LP, Hotel Last Resort, due for release 26 July via [PIAS]. A rambunctious new rendition of the band’s classic ‘I’m Nothing’ featuring pro skateboarder Stefan Janoski is available now.
“‘I’m Nothing’ explores the modern conundrum of people needing to attach labels to other human beings,” bassist Brian Ritchie says. “We refute that in human terms and also with our music.”
A polymath athlete, artist, and musician in his own right, Janoski reached out to the band to discuss collaborating on a Violent Femmes skate shoe for his Nike SB product line. The words ‘I’m Nothing’ in Janoski’s handwriting will be screen printed on the tongue of the shoe, while his artwork will be included on the custom sockliner. Chain stitched on the left shoe will be the word “VIOLENT” and on the right shoe, the word “FEMMES,” with a vulc tape mirror applique in Tour Yellow.
Delighted by his passion, especially for ‘I’m Nothing,’ Violent Femmes decided to re-record the song with a few new lyrics and their new friend on guest vocals.
“We’re kind of like jazz musicians or folk musicians,” Ritchie continues. “We don’t really see the harm in revisiting a song or doing a new version. So here’s Stefan, coming from the outside and having such enthusiasm for ‘I’m Nothing,’ we thought it was a good time to revisit it and invited him to help out on the vocals. He was so enthusiastic about it, it was like he was floating on clouds while he was in the studio.”
Listen to ‘I’m Nothing’ here…
The ground-breaking band’s tenth studio album, Hotel Last Resort resides among Violent Femmes’ finest work, simultaneously refining / 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. Founded and fronted by Gano and Ritchie, the group remains as warm, wise and weird as ever before, 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.
Hotel Last Resort was recorded at Mighty Fine Productions in Denver, Colorado with Grammy Award-winning duo, producer Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show) and engineer Ryan Mall whilst the album’s striking cover art features the remarkable ‘Hotel’ a large-scale model situated on the Eastlink motorway outside of Melbourne, created by Canadian-born, Australia-based sculptor/installation artist Callum Morton
Track Listing for Hotel Last Resort:
I Get What I Want
I’m Nothing (Feat. Stefan Janoski)
Adam Was A Man
Hotel Last Resort (Feat. Tom Verlaine)
It’s All Or Nothing
I’m Not Gonna Cry
This Free Ride
Paris To Sleep
Sleepin’ At The Meetin’
God Bless America
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.