Next month Baxter Dury returns with his sixth studio album, ‘The Night Chancers’. Today he follows the single ‘Slumlord’ with a brand new track ‘I’m Not Your Dog’.
Once again directed by Tom Haines, the video sees a solitary Baxter dealing with the effects of a gunshot wound – and coming to terms with its effects – on a palm tree lined city beach in the early hours of the morning.
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘I’M NOT YOUR DOG’:
Baxter comments on the track:
“It’s meant to be Kubrick-esque like 2001 where there’s lots of space but it’s also very claustrophobic. It’s the strange area that is occupied by those who want to show themselves candidly on social media for example and by those who get caught believing that it’s ok to watch for too long. And all the innocent and less innocent misinterpretations that occur.”
On the new ‘The Night Chancers‘ he adds:
“The Night Chancers is about being caught out in your attempt at being free”, it’s about someone leaving a hotel room at three in the morning. You’re in a posh room with big Roman taps and all that, but after they go suddenly all you can hear is the taps dripping, and all you can see the debris of the night is around you. Then suddenly a massive party erupts, in the room next door. This happened to me and all I could hear was the night chancer, the hotel ravers”.
The album was co – produced by long time collaborator Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, John Grant, Arctic Monkeys) and Baxter, and was recorded at Hoxa Studios West Hampstead in May 2019.
From thrilling affairs that dissolve into sweaty desperation (Night Chancers) to the absurd bloggers, fruitlessly clinging to the fag ends of the fashion set (Sleep People), via soiled real life (Slumlord) social media – enabled stalkers (I’m not Your Dog) and new day, sleep – deprived optimism (Daylight), the record’s finely drawn vignettes, are all based on the corners of world Dury has visited.
(Exclusive signed glow in the dark vinyl edition, limited to 500 copies, available here)
This spring Dury embarks on his biggest UK tour with a headline show at the O2 Kentish Town Forum.
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