Video: Tyson Meade releases new album 'Robbing The Nuclear Family' today
Oklahoma City-based alt-rock godfather and Chainsaw Kittens frontman Tyson Meade releases today his new record "Robbing The Nuclear Family" via Shaking Shanghai.
The creative zeal that established Meade as an iconic leader of the alternative-rock movement is inescapable throughout the album, and the 10 tracks that make up "Robbing The Nuclear Family" draw widely from his signature mix of punk energy, vivid arrangements and politically charged lyrics, according to a news release. The album is currently available for purchase HERE.
Released as a vinyl-only offering for Record Store Day last year, "Robbing The Nuclear Family" has been acclaimed by Brooklyn Vegan and Popmatters, who writes that it "reminds us of Meade's ability to weave the unusual into the familiar and create musical settings that are as forward-looking now as they were when he began his recording career in the 1980s."
Watch Meade's frenetically subversive video for "He's The Candy" below, along with his avant-garde clip for "P.S. Nuclear Forest Dance Boogie" above.
Like his critically acclaimed 2014 solo release "Tomorrow in Progress, "which included fantastic contributions from Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlin, Other Lives’ Jesse Tabish and The Flaming Lips’ Derek Brown, "Robbing The Nuclear Family" features contributions from elder statesmen of the Beijing rock scene PK 14, Shanghai violinist Haffijy, The Flaming Lips’ Matt Duckworth, and Grammy Award-winning drummer Rob Martin. Drums were recorded by Grammy Award-winning mixer Trent Bell at Bell Labs Recording. "Robbing" also bears the heavy imprint of multi-instrumentalist David “Immy” Immerglück of alternative rock greats Counting Crows, Camper Van Beethoven, and the Monks of Doom.
Through the years, Meade—and his legendary three-octave voice—has toured with Iggy Pop, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, the Meat Puppets, and many others. In addition to his solo work, he has led two influential bands: In the 1980s, he fronted cult-favorite Defenestration (Kurt Cobain credited them as an influence on Nirvana), and he got even more notice in the '90s with the glam-rock Chainsaw Kittens (Iggy Pop and Smashing Pumpkins were fans). The latter group predated and outlasted the other 1990s alternative rock acts with its energetic blend of glam-damaged energy, theatrical extremity,and punk rock basics.
Meade has a couple of local appearances coming up: He is due to perform with Ada native and Nashville-based songwriter Zac Maloy during the fourth annual Oklahoma Songwriters Festival April 12-13, and he's on the lineup for the Norman Music Festival, set for April 25-27 in downtown Norman.