PiL is set to release a single off it’s new record What the World Needs Now on August 21st titled “Double Trouble” on 10” vinyl.
The legendary post-punk group centered around John Lydon, former Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten, is giving the listening public a taste off their new record that is set to come out on September 4th, in advance of a 23 date UK/European tour before crossing the Atlantic for some North American tour dates that are still in the works as of now.
Backing up John Lydon are Lu Edmonds, the former Damned guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who joined PiL in 1986; Bruce Smith, drummer of the Pop Group and the Slits, on percussion; and Steve Firth, bassist and multi-instrumentalist whom has worked with a variety of artists ranging from Steve Winwood to John Martyn and Elvis Costello.
“Double Trouble,” a song that was inspired by an argument with Lydon’s wife that over the plumbing but naturally ended up about relationships, and will be backed by “Bettie Page,” according to John Lydon is an “homage to the late ‘Queen of Pin-Ups’” which will then be followed by a track that is not on the upcoming album “Turkey Tits.”
The artwork for the single is John Lydon’s work and is in part inspired by Hopi Native American characters. “Double Trouble” will be the leading single on What the World Needs Now which was recorded at Steve Winwood’s Wincraft studio and is being done one hundred percent on PiL’s dime and being released through their own label, PiL Official, through Cargo UK Distribution and Red Eye in America.
“Double Trouble” and What the World Needs Now will be the follow up to their critically acclaimed reunion album 2012’s This is PiL. “Double Trouble” is as driving as it is anarchic and has all the brutal intensity that we come to expect from anything John Lydon creates. It’s a perfect teaser for the new record.
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