Gabi Garbutt‘s 2019 debut album The Discredited Language of Angels was a superb slice of poetic rock & roll, bringing the 21st Century London that she calls home into vivid, colourful life with it’s lyrical flights and euphoric indie-punk guitars. Two years have passed since its release, during which she was part of one of our albums of last year as a member of space punk disruptors REAL(s), so we were delighted to hear news of an upcoming second album, Cockerel, due to be released in Spring 2022 by excellent indie imprint Trapped Animal Records, home to Joyzine favourites Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something, The Baby Seals and many more fantastic artists.
“I’m really excited to be releasing this record through Trapped Animal Records,” says Gabi. “They’re a great, independent label who work really hard for their artists, and it’s an honour to sit alongside their excellent roster.”
The new album was recorded at analogue studio Famous Times in Hackney earlier this year with Gabi’s band The Illuminations: Jimi Scandal (also of The Stephen Evens Band and formely of Dexters) on guitar, Dan Fatel (Real(s)) on bass, Oliver Jones (Hackles) on drums and Ted Mitchell on keys and sax, under the watchful eye of producer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Read (Dexys, Beth Orton, Manic Street Preachers, Edwyn Collins, Dave Gahan & The Soul Savers).
“Our new record is perhaps musically more varied than our first,” Gabi explains. “Alongside the rock ‘n’ roll drive at it’s core, the instrumentation ranges from MicroKORG synth to barritone sax to musical saw. Lyrically it shifts and roams too, from desperate sorrow to celebrating the magic of existence to escapist wanderings into the furnace of the heart. There are songs about falling apart and being put back together, songs about animals and birds trying to make a life for themselves in the city, songs about Van Gogh and Jean Genet.“
To celebrate signing to Trapped Animal and her upcoming UK tour dates with Big Country and The Libertines and a Christmas show at The Amersham Arms in New Cross (full details at the bottom of this article), Gabi has released a new video of an acoustic session recording of “Genet’s Journey”. The song was first released in 2020, but a completely new version appears on the album – this rendition was recorded in March, filmed by Lorenzo Levrini and sound engineered by Leo Garbutt. We’re delighted to bring you the first chance to see it here on Joyzine today.
Find out more on Gabi Garbutt’s official website
Gabi Garbutt tours the UK with Big Country, alongside shows with The Libertines, The Spitfires and a headline show in December. Tickets available here.
2nd – HMV Empire, Coventry w/ Big Country
3rd – Public Halls, Harpenden w/ Big Country
9th – King George’s Hall, Blackburn w/ Big Country
10th – Grand Central Hall, Liverpool w/ Big Country
11th – Academy 2, Manchester w/ Big Country
13th – O2 Academy, Bristol w/ The Libertines
14th – The Amersham Arms, London
17th – Kentish Town Forum, London w/ The Libertines
14th – Buttermarket, Shrewsbury w/ Big Country
15th – Portland House, Cardiff w/ Big Country
2nd – The Fleece, Bristol w/ Big Country
3rd – Junction, Cambridge w/ Big Country
4th – Concorde 2, Brighton w/ Big Country
5th – Chinnery’s, Southend w/ Big Country
8th – Dorking Halls w/ Big Country
9th – Islington Assembly Halls, London w/ Big Country
10th – The Brook, Southampton w/ Big Country
12th – Glassbox Theatre, Gillingham w/ Big Country
16th – Boiler Shop, Newcastle w/ Big Country
17th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Big Country
18th – Empire, Middlesbrough w/ Big Country
22nd – Islington Assembly Hall, London w/ The Spitfires + Nick Corbin
6th – The Leadmill, Sheffield w/ Big Country
Article by Paul Maps
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