Charles Thompson (aka Frank Black or Black Francis) is in the midst of producing cheeky British group Art Brut’s third album, Art Brut Versus Satan, in Oregon. Pitchfork has an interview posted with Thompson and Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos. This seems like an odd pairing to me, but hopefully the results will pay off.
I’m obviously a huge fan of Charles Thompson in all of his various incarnations, and I was pretty enamored with Art Brut’s first album, Bang Bang Rock & Roll, but I seem to have completely missed their second record, 2007’s It’s A Bit Complicated.
It will be interesting to see what kind of effect Thompson has on Art Brut’s sound, since most of the Frank Black records have been recorded live to two track with the entire band playing in the studio at once. It has given many Frank Black records a raw live feel, but I’m not sure if he’s going to be using the same process for the Art Brut album. You’d think someone would’ve asked that question.
It may be a moot point, though, since Thompson says in the interview of his role as producer, “I’m just trying to, you know, make sure that people go to the bathroom when they’re supposed to, make sure they have a reasonable access to alcohol. You know, if you’re going to make a great rock’n’roll album, someone has to do that kind of stuff. ” Cheeky bastard.
Art Brut – “Direct Hit” from 2007 album It’s A Bit Complicated