LA rock band EELS have released an official music video for their single “Good Night On Earth” from their upcoming fourteenth full-length album Extreme Witchcraft, which is set to be released on January 28th, 2022 via the band’s own label, E Works Records. The single is available on all streaming services, and the album can be pre-ordered here.
New video for “Good Night On Earth” from EXTREME WITCHCRAFT, out January 28th, 2022. Pre-order it in CD, standard LP or deluxe double LP boxset with or without T-shirt or hoodie at https://t.co/c6UcdzLLM8 and have a good night on Earth!https://t.co/VlGqm3LY3H
— EELS (@THE_EELS) October 12, 2021
The beautifully styled music video for “Good Night On Earth” was directed by Steven Mertens, who has previously directed music videos for the likes of Sheryl Crow and Regina Spektor. According to a recent press release, EELS frontman Mark Oliver Everett (aka E) quipped regarding the music video’s content; “Just another newscaster Godzilla fighting a lobster from space video.”
Everett’s description of the comical and delightfully absurd music video is more than fitting, as the viewer is treated to frame after frame of what appears indeed to be an intergalactic lobster facing off against a behemoth with a television for a head; all whilst the surreal, animated world around them falls into chaos.
The subdued vocals and fuzzed-out, garage guitar sound of “Good Night On Earth” harkens back to EELS 2001 album Souljacker, which marked the bands’ first collaboration with PJ Harvey guitarist and producer John Parish. Extreme Witchcraft sees Parish and EELS once again collaborating, with Everett co-producing the album alongside Parish. Everett speaks highly of Parish’s input, stating in a recent press release; “John Parish is one of the most even-tempered, polite people I’ve ever met. A true gentleman. Actually he’s probably THE most polite person I’ve ever met. But when he gets into the studio he becomes a mad scientist. If you make music with John Parish, you get stuff no one else does. He has a really unique toolbox and musical outlook. Perhaps his politeness is a coping mechanism to keep Mr. Hyde under control when he’s out of his laboratory.”
Without a shadow of a doubt, EELS’ musical output has been met with very consistent critical acclaim throughout the years, releasing their first full-length album Beautiful Freak in 1996, following the release of the lead single “Novocaine for The Soul” and being signed to the then newly formed record label DreamWorks Records. The album saw international success, peaking at number five on the UK albums chart. EELS would then go on to release twelve more full-length albums over the years, varying their sound and often changing personnel.
As previously stated, Extreme Witchcraft is set for release on January 28th, 2022. You can find the track list down below.
1). Amateur Hour
2). Good Night On Earth
3). Strawberries And Popcorn
4). Steam Engine
5). Grandfather Clock Strikes Twelve
6). Stumbling Bee
7). The Magic
8). Better Living Through Desperation
9). So Anyway
10). What It Isn’t
11). Learning While I Lose
12). I Know You’re Right
EELS will be embarking on a Spring 2022 tour of Europe and America entitled “Lockdown Hurricane”. Tickets can be bought here, and the UK dates are listed below.
11/03/2022- Telegraph Building- Belfast
12/03- Olympia Theatre- Dublin
14/03- Roundhouse- London
15/03- Albert Hall- Manchester
16/03- Barrowland- Glasgow
17/03- Rock City- Nottingham
18/03- O2 Guildhall- Southampton
Photo Credit: Gus Black/Press Release