Half a century later, it’s time again to get rid of crowding. Wayne Kramer has announced the first new MC5 album in over 50 years.
Although Kramer has kept a version of the left-wing proto-punk band on the road for many years, he hasn’t released a new MC5 album since 1971. it is time. Now, on their own heels Sixth nomination As for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Detroit-based band Kramer plans to release a new LP in October on Ear Music. Before that, they will release two singles produced by Bob Ezrin. You can preview the new song “Heavy Lifting” — which Kramer wrote with current MC5 singer Brad Brooks and longtime partner Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine — in a new teaser video released today.
Before any of the new music drops, Kramer is taking the MC5’s current iteration on the Heavy Lifting Tour with Brooks on vocals, Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction on drums, Vicki Randle on bass, and Stevie Salas on guitar. “On non-stop touring, and especially in the past decade, I’ve come to realize that MC5 music is more essential than ever,” Kramer says in a press release. “It is definitely time to write and record new songs and convey a solid message of rock music to fans all over the world.”
Below, preview “Heavy Lifting” in the teaser video and watch an interview with Kramer.
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