Friday, May 20, 2022

Jethro Tull… And The Zealot Gene!

Legendary British progressive rock act Jethro Tull has announced details for the group’s first studio album of new material in over 18 years! The band’s newest offering, titled The Zealot Gene, will see a January 28th, 2022 release on Inside Out Music.

To give Tull fans a taste of the new record, the group has been releasing singles highlighting some of the tracks, and issuing videos to accompany them. The latest is the title track, ‘The Zealot Gene’, and is out now, with the accompanying video again directed by Iranian film-maker Sam Chegini who previously created a clip for Sad City Sisters’.

Band leader Ian Anderson commented on the track: “The title track offers many allusions to the radical, politically-charged world of populism in leadership. As a song lyric, it sums up, for me, the divisive nature of societal relationships and the extreme views which fuel the fires of hate and prejudice, more so today perhaps, than at any time in history.

“Perhaps you think you know who I might have been thinking about here but, in reality, there are probably right now at least five prominent, dictatorial national figures who could fit the bill.”

The aforementioned ‘Sad City Sisters‘ was released in December. Musically, it calls to mind festive offerings of yesteryear from the band, lyrically in conjunction with the video it contemplates on modern society while casting reference to mythical pasts.

The first single from the album was ‘Shoshana Sleeping’, the video of which was accompanied by visuals created by Thomas Hicks.

You can watch the videos to all three songs right here at RAMzine.

A record that began to take shape as early as 2017, The Zealot Gene, in many ways, seeks to defy convention during a time when the business of being a touring and recording artist has never faced more uncertainties. Tull bandleader Ian Anderson holds no reservations about the role for which the mythos and themes of Biblical storytelling played in the lyrical content of the new album, having stated:

“While I have a spot of genuine fondness for the pomp and fairytale storytelling of the holy book, I still feel the need to question and draw sometimes unholy parallels from the text. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly rear their heads throughout, but are punctuated with elements of love, respect, and tenderness.”

Looking back on the earth-shaking disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, that ultimately ended the band’s touring plans and hopes of a 2020 release for The Zealot Gene, Anderson said, “It was so sudden. Amidst the concerns and warnings of the scientific community and a few more enlightened politicians, we all retreated in disbelief to our homes to wait out the storm.”

The Zealot Gene will be offered in the following formats: Special Edition Digipak CD, Gatefold 2LP+CD+LP-booklet, Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook and Limited Deluxe 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Artbook.

Both artbook editions feature a second CD of demos and initial ideas, plus extended liner notes and an interview with Ian Anderson undertaken by Tim Bowness (No-man).

The Deluxe 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Artbook comes on white vinyl and includes a third LP with the rough demos. It also includes a slipmat and a numbered art print.

The Zealot Gene features the tracks: ‘Mrs. Tibbets’, ‘Jacob’s Tales’, ‘Mine Is The Mountain’, ‘The Zealot Gene’, ‘Shoshana Sleeping’, ‘Sad City Sisters’, ‘Barren Beth’, ‘Wild Desert John’, ‘The Betrayal Of Joshua Kynde’, ‘Where Did Saturday Go?’, ‘Three Loves, Three’, ‘In Brief Visitation’ and ‘The Fisherman Of Ephesus’.

With more than 30 albums to their credit and sales totalling more than 50 million, Jethro Tull is one of the most successful rock bands of all-time with a catalogue that contains classics that still resonate today. The band continues to tour throughout the world, entertaining audiences of all ages.

The current line-up features Ian Anderson – Flute, acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals, Joe Parrish-James – Guitar, Florian Opahle – Guitar (album only), Scott Hammond – Drums, John O’Hara – Piano, keyboards and accordion and David Goodier – Bass guitar.

You can pre-order The Zealot Gene here.

Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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