The video for Suicide was premiered on The Skinny – with the video and the track itself capturing the sweaty, youth infused spirit of grunge, but with an Algernon Doll edge. You can watch the video on Algernon Doll’s YouTube channel.
Omphalic sees Algernon Doll break out from his one man band persona as he continues to hone and perfect an alternative guitar sound that harks back to a sound reminiscent of early 90’s grunge. At just 24 years old, Ewan Grant is carving out a place in the hearts and minds of fans and critics alike and has already released two critically acclaimed albums, Camomile and Citalo-pop, that has seen him compared to the likes of Elliott Smith. On Omphalic Algernon Doll really cuts loose and pulls on influences ranging from Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins to The Jesus Lizard and Mudhoney to produce an up-tempo, driven rock album that is both rich in its abrasive qualities as well as creating memorable hooks and choruses that are willingly addictive.
Tracks such as first single Spilt Milk Perfume, ‘Justine’ and ‘Candy Striped’ offer a reflective sound with chiming guitars, poignant lyrics and unforgettable hooks that are comparable to the likes of Sebadoh in their pomp. While, ‘Tamed’, ‘Suicide’ and ‘Fellate’ have an angriness and causticity that has Nirvana written all over it.
Omphalic was mastered by Bob Weston of the mighty Shellac, who has production credits on a host of classic records such as Nirvana’s In-Utero, Shipping News, Missions of Burma, Chavez, June of 44, Rachel’s and LCD Soundsystem. Algernon Doll features Ewan (guitar & vocals), Wull Swales (bass & backing vocals) and Owen Wicksted (drums) with Ewan and Tom Mitchell also playing drums on the record.
To support the release, Algernon Doll will be playing a number of shows in the UK as well as the Radio 1 Big Weekend and Wickerman Festival, while he aims to record more tracks, this time with Steve Albini, at the end of this year or early next year.
Check out the list of UK dates confirmed so far below:
21st June – Broadcast (Album Launch) – Glasgow
26th June – Venue TBC – Bristol
27th June – Venue TBC – Southampton
28th June – Venue TBC – Norwich
29th June – Sticky Mike’s – Brighton
30th June – The Old Blue Last – London
1st July – Victoria Bar – Derby
2nd July – Venue TBC – Ayr
3rd July – Opium – Edinburgh
5th July – Shetfest – Lerwick
Omphalic by Algernon Doll is released 30th June 2014 via Struggletown Records.