Some people bemoan a lack of artistic development in record labels these days. This is hogwash, of course. For sure, it may be a tad easier to get dropped too quickly, but in reality it has always been that way. Back in 1962, Bob Dylan’s debut album shifted only 5,000 copies in its first year (admittedly, a decent sum these days), reaching No.13 in the UK but getting absolutely nowhere in the States. Dylan was nicknamed “Hammond’s Folly” by waggish Columbia execs. They wanted to drop him. John Hammond, who discovered him, fought his corner hard, and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Philadelphia rocker dropped the most successful album of his career with his last solo LP, 2015’s B’lieve I’m Goin Down. Then, last year, he released an acclaimed collaboration album with Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, Lotta Sea Lice. Now 38 and set to release his seventh solo album, Kurt Vile is continuing on his upward trajectory, whilst documenting his fears, hopes, and dreams on this, his most personal album to date.
It's been quite the journey for the guitarist and singer-songwriter Kurt Vile. Having that distinctive (and real) name helps, but that will only take you so far. A dedication to your craft, and working with like-minded souls is most important, and Vile has that in spades. He knew early on that music is what he wanted to do. From DIY recording and releasing in the early part of the century, to forming The War on Drugs with long-time friend and collaborator Adam Granduciel, Vile signed with the highly-esteemed American independent record label Matador in 2009 and has remained with them ever since, combining work with The War on Drugs, a high profile collaboration with Courtney Barnett, and his own music, in forging an impressively productive career, whilst at the same time trying to be a dad to his two young daughters.
Following his well-received high profile album collaboration with Courtney Barnett last year, Lotta Sea Lice, Kurt Vile has announced details of his new album, Bottle It In, to be released on 12th October.
American singer/songwriter Kurt Vile has been quiet on the solo front for some time now. Of course, he’s been productive in the meantime, releasing an album of material, Lotta Sea Lice, co-written with Courtney Barnett, but ‘Loading Zones’ is the first new solo single since 2015.
The humorous Drew Saracco-directed ‘Loading Zones’ video pays tribute to Vile’s native Philadelphia (i.e. his “Dirty little town”), and features appearances by actor Kevin Corrigan – best known for his roles in Pineapple Express, Superbad, The Departed and Goodfellas – and Matt Korvette of Pissed Jeans. Both song and video revolve around Vile’s (illegal) parking strategy: park in loading zones, but not for long.