The Residents make a triumphant return to the studio with a new single, Rushing Like a Banshee!
Rushing Like a Banshee and its B-side “Train vs. Elephant” are off of their brand new upcoming album “The Ghost of Hope”, slated for an early 2017 release. From what we can gather, the album’s theme takes form on the subject of famous train wrecks throughout human history, with a refreshed lineup consisting of old familiar voices and semi-newcomer Eric Drew Feldman. The Ghost of Hope will also be accentuated by the vocal stylings of Carla Fabrizio!
Rushing Like a Banshee
Frantic and rushing, with a locomotive chugging rhythm punctuated by atmospheric guitar work and thumping bass, the unforgiving speed and power of a train barreling full speed down its track is the focus of this tune. You can almost feel it speeding towards your Buick which has stalled on the tracks. Now look at what’s happened. Leaving fresh strawberries scattered in the wake of the wreckage, the banshee rushes on. This is a different cut than what will appear on the full album in 2017.
Train vs. Elephant
One can only assume from the musical flow, Bengali-esque shouting and trumpeting of elephants that this semi-ambient 5 minute instrumental track is on the subject of the horrific accident in India in 2013 where four elephants were killed by a passenger train while attempting to cross the tracks that went through a part of wilderness known as an elephant corridor. The impact of the accident was so severe that the elephant directly on the tracks died on the spot. Only about 35,000 elephants remain on the planet. Look it up.
The Residents put so much time, effort, and care into their work that we at Psychofon Records feel that we must match that energy with our productions. This release is very special to us, so we wanted to go all-out with several different flavors for people to choose from, ranging from audiophile black to a version that is as much of a record as it is a true Objet d’Art!
This one is for people interested in displaying their music as art. We present our “Artist’s Multiple”, a train wheel rusted after years of service. The rust under the silk-screen was hand-applied and each one is completely different. The front image is from the album art of Rushing Like a Banshee; the man bending over to pick up some fresh strawberries. On the back side you find the “Official Product” eyeball logo. The red vinyl (which represents the strawberry) is held in place in place over the plate, completing the contour of a flanged train wheel. Half are black & white, and the other half glow in the dark. Only 100 exist.
Audiophile black vinyl nestled in a thick cardboard cover. The first 100 copies comes with a large “Official Product” promo button for free. Once they are gone, they are really gone for good so buy or cry!
This edition is pressed onto silver vinyl which comes in the same thick cardboard sleeve, hand-numbered on the backside. Strictly limited to 100 copies.
This edition is pressed onto clear vinyl marbled with black and white. The results are extremely varied! From sharp differentiations between the colors, to grey-ish mixes that appear swirled under light. Limited to 100 copies. Also hand stamped and numbered.
This edition is pressed onto white vinyl and comes in a special Psychofon package with a album cover inlay card and a transparent layer of fresh strawberries. The strawberry edition is hand-numbered on the back of the inlay cover, and is limited to 100 copies.