BLOOD MOON WEDDING, the international project uniting legendary English punk rocker Steve Lake (Zounds) and American singer Mia Dean, today unveils their latest video/single, “Hey Mia Do You Remember.” Now playing at The Obelisk, the track comes off the duo’s arresting debut full-length, Blood Moon Wedding: An American Nightmare, set for release on April 7th via Mobilization Recordings.
Blood Moon Wedding: An American Nightmare unfolds like a gothic-noir, road trip, folktale. Incorporating elements of post-punk, death rock, and dark melodies, and shrouded under a veil of forbidden love and forbidding doom, BLOOD MOON WEDDING casts its spell and captures an atmosphere that is intimate, otherworldly, and ultimately uplifting. Set in the sprawling deserts of the United States, Lake and Dean find themselves trapped in an alternate reality, where death and love are the only way through the gates of space and time.
Comments Dean on the band’s latest single, “This song came out like a dream. We were experiencing very spiritual altered states while writing this album. This came out as a stream of conscious ideas from Steve and then the harmonies exploded out of me. It’s kind of a sinister tale, but it builds into the repetitive ‘the moon came up… the stars came out…’ I think we’ve all felt that sense of awe and wonder in our lives before, no matter what our circumstances.”
Adds Lake, “It takes place in Death Valley and Lone Pine. They used to make cowboy movies in Lone Pine. It’s full of mythologies, ancient and modern. And Death Valley is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places in the universe. But there’s a reason they call it Death Valley. We tried to capture that with the record.”
View BLOOD MOON WEDDING’s “Hey Mia Do You Remember” video alongside an in-depth interview at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.
Watch BLOOD MOON WEDDING’s previously released videos for “Spell” at THIS LOCATION and “Wanted” at THIS LOCATION.
Blood Moon Wedding: An American Nightmare was written by Lake and Dean and brought to life with the support of Oakland composer Tom Dean (Antler Family, Code Of The West, Oakland Opera) on keys and bass, Jason Willer (Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Charger, Acid King, UK Subs) on drums, and multi-instrumentalist David Coulter (The Pogues, Tom Waits, Test Department) on musical saw, violin, and Leslie piano.
The record was produced by Dean and Lake in Oakland, California and Bath, UK. Additional recording assistance was provided by Skot Brown (Altar de Fey, Esses, Phantom Limbs) and Salvador Raya (Ails, Asunder, Laudanum). The record was mixed in Los Angeles, California by Alex DeGroot (Zola Jesus, Sondra Sun Odeon), mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx in San Francisco, California and is adorned by the ethereal cover art of Shannon Taylor.
Blood Moon Wedding: An American Nightmare will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find preorder options at THIS LOCATION.
Steve Lake is a member of the influential English alt-rock group Zounds. He has recorded for many great labels including Rough Trade, PIAS, Cooking Vinyl, and Crass Records. Lake still tours regularly, both as a solo artist, and with his group. Lake’s work is expansive and experimental. Beyond Zounds, he has produced and performed a number of spoken word and multimedia events throughout Europe, including the Edinburgh Festival and a highly successful residency at London’s prestigious Whitechapel Art Gallery.
Mia Dean is a writer and singer for the Oakland band Antler Family. She studied classical opera and performance in San Francisco with the great Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, Blanche Thebom, and abroad. She sang opera on the stages of Italy and Austria before returning to California to focus on composition and production. She is co-founder of the iconic punk and metal venue the Oakland Metro Operahouse, where the duo met in 2017. “We were lost in the uncertainty of the pandemic, trying to find our way back to ourselves as performers, notes Dean. “Somehow the road led directly to each other.”
“Filled with dramatic songs, atmospheric soundscapes and magical-realist spoken word, the album is a dramatic commentary on the violence in American society.” – Echoes And Dust
“There are miracles of heaven that show their face by sticking inside a song, as a gesture of absolute value, because music can still be a message from the gods. And they have chosen two souls who live physically distant but absolutely intimate artistically, prompting them to write an intense, truthful song, pregnant with conscious particles, to let us know that there is much to be done for those who want to inhabit life and its places.” – Music Shock World
“A mesmerizing introduction to an exciting sonic journey through a land peopled by the damaged, the fragile, and the mythic.” — Post-punk.com
BLOOD MOON WEDDING:
Mia Dean – vocals, guitars
Steve Lake – vocals, guitars
Tom Dean – keys, bass
Jason Willer – drums
David Coulter – musical saw, violin, Leslie piano