Semi Precious Weapons have revealed a brand new song titled “Brando,” the debut single from their upcoming new full-length studio album to be released later this fall. The as yet untitled surprise new album will be the band’s second full-length release this year and follow-up to Aviation, released in April. The upcoming album was written, recorded and produced entirely by the band at their home studio in Los Angeles, with Tricky Stewart serving as executive producer. As with Semi Precious Weapons previous album, Aviation, the band’s new album will also be released via Stewart’s RedZone Records label.
Following the success of “Aviation High,” their first top 40 alternative single, the band has been playing radio shows all over the country sharing stages with Cage The Elephant, Bleachers and Phantogram.“Brando” will officially become available and impact at radio on August 26. “The song ‘Brando’ is not only inspired by the man himself, but also uses him and some of his movies as metaphors for a very over the top intense relationship I had with my last boyfriend,” said singer Justin Tranter.
“We decided to release a brand new single and album so quickly because we were inspired by the ‘Golden Age of Rock and Roll’ – a time when artists were releasing multiple albums a year,” continued Tranter. “There was a period in his career when Elton John put out six albums in two and a half years. We have songs that we love, songs that we just wrote, and we don’t want to wait to share them. Both sonically and emotionally, this is who we are right now. We are fortunate to be at a label that is cool enough to support us putting this out right now. The rules of an ‘album cycle’ as set by the record industry don’t work for people who really love music anymore, so why follow them.”
All of the artwork for the single and album will feature classic photographs by the renowned George Platt Lynes. Says Tranter, “While trying to educate myself on great gay artists I came across George’s photos and felt an immediate connection. One, because they are visually stunning, and two, because they are just fucking hot. He was so ahead of his time artistically and socially that the fact his estate is allowing us to use these images just blows my mind.”
Semi Precious Weapons is Justin Tranter on vocals, Cole Whittle on bass, Dan Crean on drums, and Stevy Pyne on guitar.