SAINT PÉ (IAN SAINT PÉ OF BLACK LIPS, DIAMOND RUGS)
ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM FIXED FOCUS
SHARES NEW TRACK "KISS IT GOODBYE"
PREMIERED VIA NOISEY
INCLUDING ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
AT BABY'S ALL RIGHT
FIXED FOCUS DUE APRIL 7, 2017
VIA ERNEST JENNING RECORD CO.
Ernest Jenning Record Co. is thrilled to announce Fixed Focus, the debut album from Saint Pé(Ian Saint Pé, longtime Black Lips and Diamond Rugs guitarist). Noisey shared the first music from the new album with their premiere of "Kiss It Goodbye," calling the track "a reconfiguring of his old band's rock 'n' roll ideal." Fixed Focus is due April 7, 2017, and is available to preorder HERE. "Kiss It Goodbye" is available to stream or embed HERE.
Saint Pé has also announced a run of U.S. tour dates, beginning on April 7 at WMFU's Monty Hallin Jersey City, NJ, followed by an album release show on April 8 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, NY (with labelmates Las Rosas) and dates in Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Athens, andNashville. The full list of tour dates is below.
In 2014, after 10 years of touring the world (literally every continent but Antarctica!) in Atlanta's legendary Black Lips as well as the critically-acclaimed Diamond Rugs, guitarist and vocalist Ian Saint Pé needed a change. As he put it, "The only thing you can't change is time, So it was time that changed me. I loved the Black Lips, but I needed to enjoy new environments. So I got a brand new bag: Saint Pé."
He packed up his gear and moved to Nashville, where he settled down in a log cabin formerly owned by country legend Roy Acuff. Before long, that home had also turned into a studio, and with the help of a number of Atlanta-based friends, Fixed Focus was born. It's less a departure from the sounds of the Lips and Rugs as it is an informed continuation of them that maintains all the hooks and pop sensibilities of his previous acts, while refining them with a bit of Nashville class and a hint of the darkness that 10 years on the road imbues upon the soul.
From singalong stompers "Street Lights," "Got The Look" and "Kiss It Goodbye" to Southern Gothic explorations like "Burning Bright" and "Carbon Maker," Fixed Focus is a fully-formed solo debut that sounds more like an album from deep into an established career.
Recorded by Saint Pé himself, Fixed Focus was then mixed by Matt Boynton (Kurt Vile, MGMT) in New York City and mastered by Joel Hatstat in Athens, GA.
With his first record finally in that brand new bag and new songs already on the way, Saint Pé plans to spend the foreseeable future back on the road with this latest project, bringing his new sounds to plenty of familiar faces.
Fixed Focus tracklist:
1. Street Lights
2. Renowned Movement
4. Dawn of Tomorrow
5. Carbon Maker
6. Sweet Laurel
7. Got The Look
8. Southern Sunshine
9. Spun and Spurn
10. As of Late
11. Yesteryear Gone
12. Burning Bright
Saint Pé upcoming tour dates:
4/7 - WMFU Monty Hall - Jersey City, NJ
4/8 - Baby's All Right (album release show) - Brooklyn, NY *
4/9 - Happy Dog - Cleveland, OH
4/11 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
4/12 - Bootleg - St. Louis, MO
4/13 - Caledonia Lounge - Athens, GA
4/14 - The End - Nashville, TN
* - w/Las Rosas