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Albums Of The Week: Jah Wobble | A Brief History Of Now

The legendary bassist reconnects with his inner post-punk gadfly — and teams with Souxsie guitarist Jon Klein — on his most accessible and entertaining album in years.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “After an astounding 45-year career in music that began as the bassist for John Lydon’s post-Sex Pistols band Public Image Ltd. — followed by trailblazing, immensely praised solo work and collaborations with the likes of Holger Czukay (Can), The Edge (U2), Brian Eno, Chris Connelly (Ministry) and Geordie Walker (Killing Joke) — one might think Jah Wobble had said all he has to say. Turns out he was just getting started.

Wobble’s latest full length A Brief History Of Now finds the eclectic troubadour returning to the post-punk genre that he had a key role in developing, both during and following his groundbreaking tenure with Public Image Ltd. Co-written, produced and performed with fellow post-punk hero Jon Klein (Siouxsie & The Banshees), the album packs a powerful punch both musically and lyrically as the two veterans deliver an energetic and innovative collection of musical treatises.

For proof, check out the album’s first single Last Exit, a pulsating, psychedelic-tinged track that interweaves Wobble’s distinctive bass with a syncopated spoken-word vocal and Klein’s razor-sharp guitar. Wobble uses the song to provoke and process current events that continually threaten to suffocate us before we escape. The accompanying video, made with Vicente Cordero from Industrialism Films, vividly brings the song to life and offers a captivating catharsis for the post-post-postmodern age.

“It’s all about the dopamine rush,” says Wobble. “Assault on the senses. Bang! Bang! Bang! Rush after rush after rush. But never satisfied. No satisfaction. Never any conclusion. Always moving. Appearances arising. Ephemeral. Lacking substance. But often so beautiful and exciting. Glorious esoterica.”


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