Seattle-based musician T.J. Cowgill (a.k.a. folk/metal act King Dude) has started a new label called Not Just Religious Music. The imprint’s second release will be a seven-inch entitled “Sing More Songs Together” with regular collaborator Chelsea Wolfe. The two cuts, "Be Free" (which recalls the moody/menacing duets of Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra and Nick Cave/P.J. Harvey) and "Bed on Fire," deal with the age-old theme of forbidden love. The tracks were recorded and produced by King Dude at Actual Pain M. M-F in Seattle, Washington. A limited pressing of 1,000 45s will be available 25 March.
Additionally, 8 April will see the release of King Dude’s new album Fear (produced by Bill Rieflin of Ministry and Swans), the follow-up to 2012's Burning Daylight.
In a statement via his publicist, Cowgill states: "When I set out to write the follow up record to [Burning Daylight] I hadn't quite realised what I was going to do for its themes and overall concept. Although I had one crystal clear intention - to make the most horrifying music I could. So with that in mind I began to write what would later become Fear."
King Dude will support Sweden’s Ghost on a spring tour of the U.S. after a 17 April show at Toronto’s Phoenix Theatre.
King Dude (supporting Ghost) April concert dates:
18 April - Stage AE (Pittsburgh, PA)
19 April - Vic Theatre (Chicago, IL)
20 April - Pageant (St. Louis, MO)
22 April - Granada Theater (Lawrence, KS)
23 April - Boulder Theater (Boulder, CO)
25 April - House of Blues (Las Vegas, NV)
26 April - House of Blues (San Diego, CA)
27 April - The Fonda (Los Angeles, CA)
28 April - The Observatory (Santa Ana, CA)