Kevin Morby releases a new track titled, ‘Rock Bottom’, taken from his forthcoming album “This Is A Photograph”.
Morby composed most of the new album in Memphis. After a period where he had taken some time out to address his father’s illness, he moved into the Peabody Hotel and spent time paying tribute and bowing to the dreamers he admired; Jeff Buckley, Jay Reatard.
“I’d often pass a mural of the late James Lee Lindsey Jr. on Main Street (in Memphis) which eventually lead me down a rabbit hole to revisiting his body of work”Kevin Morby
“I’d often pass a mural of the late James Lee Lindsey Jr. on Main Street (in Memphis) which eventually lead me down a rabbit hole to revisiting his body of work including watching the 2009 documentary filmed during his last days, “Better Than Something”. I was taken by how similar his story was to that of many other American icons that were ahead of their time and too-quickly rose from the bottom to the top, inevitably burning out. I read that his stage name, Jay Reatard, was worn as a badge of honour after years of being picked on in grade school – which may or may not be why on the cover of his seminal album “Blood Visions” he’s covered in blood as a nod to SISSY SPACEK’s character in Carrie. Because of this I chose to begin the song by repeating ‘they’re all gonna laugh at you!’ When in the studio I pointed at the last Reatard’s album, “Grown Up, Fucked Up” as a reference for what I was trying to achieve sonically.”
The accompanying video, directed by Johnny Eastlund, features Morby,, and artist Ariel Kellogg, which is aimed to fit the genre of an Ice Cream themed Nunchucking Western quite appropriately. Featuring an evil talent show judge, played by Tim Heidecker, who is taunting his contestants which you may recognise from other musical projects and groups.
“This Is A Photograph” will be released on 22 May via Dead Oceans