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Summer Gigs and Appearances

If you’re in or visiting the Chicago area this summer, make plans to see Chris at one of these upcoming events!

PS: Stay tuned for a special announcement on Tuesday, June 25th!

Saturday, June 22 – Chris and Sons of the Silent Age perform at SUMMERFEST MILWAUKEE. More information and tickets

Saturday, June 29 – Chris will be guiding a tour at the The Museum of Post Punk and Industrial Music. Get tickets

Saturday, July 13 – Chris doing a solo set at Outta Space Arts, playing a cross section of all his material. Rachel Swain, the opener, sang with Chris on DECIBELS FROM HEART. Get tickets

Monday, July 29 – Chris and Sons of the Silent Age perform a new edition of The Cracked Actor Cabaret at City Winery. Get tickets

Friday, August 16 – Chris will join the Plastic Crimewave Syndicate to sing some proto-punk and biker psyche gems at the Million Tongues Festival at Empty Bottle. Get tickets

Promo image for the July 13 gig at Outta Space

Promo image for The Cracked Actor Cabaret gig on July 29

Promo poster for the Million Tongues Festival

The Lives and Loves of the Serial Homesick, Volume 1

It’s April 1st, but don’t be fooled… Chris does indeed have a new album out today: THE LIVES AND LOVES OF THE SERIAL HOMESICK, VOLUME 1. Watch the video for the lead track, FINI CHAGALL, below.

While the album is available as a digital download, many fans will be interested in the limited edition CD release which ships with a unique piece of art by Chris (charcoal and pencil art on paper). The CD with artwork can be ordered from Bandcamp — and note that there are copies shipping from the UK as well as the US.

Listen or buy on Bandcamp

Chris writes of this very personal album:

This album serves as an impressionistic view of my life in Edinburgh before I moved to the States, leaving behind what I now realize is unfinished business, unresolved aspirations, like a plant viciously ripped out by the roots and thrown away.

Following the death of my mother in 2023, I spent time wandering around the streets on my own, trying to place the melancholy, trying to steal back the essence of joy I felt in my late teens/early 20s, and it inevitably led me to write, which is the way I have always been able to answer my own questions.

There are 8 songs on this album, each rich with strong feelings of then and now, memories that may or may not be accurate, locations, events, friends and lovers. I want the listener to walk with me quietly through endless days and nights, through the streets of Edinburgh in the early 1980s, over the tenement rooftops, up the hills with cans of Red Stripe and a well stoked hash pipe. Sitting in the Wee Red Bar, Bannermans, The Gilded Balloon, or the Royal Circus. Playing endless nights of music with my beloved FINI TRIBE, dancing at the Hoochie Coochie Club.

Some of these songs are half submerged in dreams, the locations distorted, the colors heightened, the times fluid. If you knew me back then, and we were pals, you are represented, and thanks for the memories.

I no longer live there – life and its commitments have me elsewhere – but I miss it badly and have never felt at home anywhere except Edinburgh, where my soul continues to walk the New Town streets and climb the hills.

All physical copies of this album come with a unique drawing by myself. They are not copies, they are originals in charcoal and pencil of the memories that surround and thrive at the heart of this album. I sat down over a period of time and just drew, it was visceral, emotional, and a lot of fun.

A special shout out to the FINI TRIBE, stars of the song and video for FINI CHAGALL.

Album details and notes:

  1. So Long, Ariane
  2. Swords at St. Peter’s
  3. Lost to Your Amour
  4. Odeon
  5. The Scars
  6. Fini Chagall
  7. Port of St. Catherine
  8. Midnight on the Swansway

All songs written by CHRIS CONNELLY
Voice, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, sax, percussion, synth, bass, and harmonica by CHRIS CONNELLY

Mastered by JAMES SCOTT at Populist Recordings
Recorded at THE ROCK NOIR, September/October 2023

Front cover drawing: “Dancing at the Hooch” by Chris Connelly (charcoal and pencil on paper, 2023)
Back cover photograph of the Dean Village by GILLIAN WHISKER (with thanks)

Dedicated to the lovers on St. Stephen’s

Video for “Fini Chagall” by KIMBERLY BLESSING. Includes footage of Fini Tribe taken by ANGUS CAMERON in the 1980s.

SHELTA EP Released

Available today on Bandcamp is Chris’s latest EP, SHELTA.

Of it, Chris writes:

When I started writing SHELTA, I presumed I was working on a new album, however, the number 5 kept coming up, so I stopped at 5 pieces — not necessarily 5 easy pieces, these songs come from grief, the fatigue that grief brings, and the constant reminders of our own limitations. These songs come from non-belonging, feeling like an outsider in one country and an outsider in my country of birth. These are songs that attempt to reconcile. It was a pleasure then…

The track listing is:

  1. Shelta’s Lament
  2. Of Love and Rain
  3. Funeral Eyes
  4. The Man Loves Zero
  5. Fly Away Blues

All songs written, played and produced by Chris Connelly at the Rock Noir, July 2023.

Get it on Bandcamp

Fa Massa Calor – It’s Bandcamp Friday

For those who couldn’t make it to Chris’s recent gig at the Gman Tavern, we present Fa Massa Calor – Live at Gman 2023 – a recording of selections from that evening. The set list that night included tracks from Eulogy to Christa as well as other songs from Chris’s extensive catalog.

Track listing:

  1. Draw From It (Like a Vampire)
  2. Artificial Madness
  3. Jackietown
  4. Fa Massa Calor Aqui Fora
  5. Oh Jim II
  6. Largo
  7. 80s Beat Boys

CHRIS CONNELLY – vocals, guitar, autoharp
with CAROLYN ENGLEMAN – additional keys, percussion and vocals

Recorded April 22nd 2023 at the Gman Tavern, Chicago, and mixed by Evan Peters.
Cover photo by Casey Mitchell.
All compositions by Chris Connelly except LARGO by Chris Connelly & William Rieflin.

Listen on Bandcamp

Pre-order the Phenobarb Bambalam re-release

From our good friends at WAX TRAX!

Pre-orders are now up at the WAX TRAX! online shop for Chris Connelly’s 1992 WAX TRAX! album, Phenobarb Bambalam.

This reissue has been fully remastered from original analog tapes and contains many of Chris’s classics including “July” and “Come Down Here”.

In addition to the standard pressing, we are offering multiple variants which include b-sides + rare live versions available on limited double LP editions.

PLEASE NOTE: The first 200 orders of the double LP bundle will come with a signed and numbered 8 page booklet of his previously unpublished poem PERCODAN BAMBALAM. This poem was the genesis of the Phenobarb album and will not be re-printed in this format…Ever!

For all you vinyl-phobes, Yep – We have a double CD waiting just for you in pre-order heaven.

All formats will ship mid May.

Go to the WAX TRAX! online shop

Phenobarb Bambalam re-release cover

Phenobarb bundle - double album on clear vinyl and t-shirt

Phenobarb booklet cover with Chris's autograph

Phenobarb booklet, open

Phenobarb double album on black vinyl

Phenobarb album on splatter vinyl

Phenobarb double album on CD