Two days after the rip-roaring ‘Swimsuit’ single tour wrapped up Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk should be taking a break. BUT NO. As evidenced in their new album’s title – Drive – they are keeping on keeping on with the album set for release on October 9 and the first run of dates for a burgeoning album tour now revealed.
Elemental, natural and supernatural, full of hurricanes, mermaids and femme fatales, Drive comes on like scenes from a southern gothic neo-noir. There’s vice, danger and beauty everywhere. Venous snakes, all night diners, armed hold ups, mermaids and demons.
Previous album Shakedown had press-bots yelling things like, “Chris Russell is the master” [Sydney Morning Herald], ““Raw, sweaty…dangerous. ????” [The Age] and “Chris Russell’s constant and irresistible four to the floor blues guitar and howling voice get stronger and stronger with each performance.” [Unpaved]. This time, when writing Drive he stopped listening to music all together, so as to hear his own voice amongst everything else. Heading down a rabbit hole of film noir, the fast dialogue, relentless narrative and dog-leg plot turns fired his imagination to write from a different perspective.
With the additional perspective change – enter one Dave Folley – putting fire on the drums, in Diamond Dave’s first recorded contribution to the outfit, things were happening in a whirlwind. Risks taken, more done, exercise books filling rapidly with black ink, no expense or overdub spared: the gut instincts were driving and the difference is incendiary. Hop in. Let’s roll.
CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK
DRIVE ALBUM TOUR DATES
Presented by PBS, Tone Deaf & Public Bookings
Thu 1 Oct – The Loft, Warrnambool VIC
Fri 2 Oct – Major Toms, Kyneton VIC
Sun 4 Oct – Great Southern Blues Festival, Narooma NSW
Fri 9 Oct – Max Watts, Melbourne VIC
Sun 11 Oct – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo VIC
Thu 15 Oct – Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney NSW
Fri 23 Oct – Basement Discs In-Store, Melbourne
Fri 6 Nov – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide SA
Fri 13 Nov – The Barwon Club, Geelong VIC
Sat 28 Nov – Lefty’s Music Hall, Brisbane QLD
Sat 5 Dec – Gin Lane, Belgrave VIC