Jesse Malin Brings The Heat

Published: 2004-05-11
For two dates only, in the month of June, singer/songwriter Jesse Malin will bring his soft rock and a full band to Canada. After wrapping up his U.K. tour on May 30th, Malin will kick off his North American leg a scant seven days later, on June 6th. Touring the U.S. and Canada with Malin will be Squad Five O, a glam rock group.

Although a singer/songwriter touring with a hard rock act may seem a bit far-fetched, it really isn't an odd concept for Malin in the slightest. Originally part of hardcore garage band D Generation (boy did he have scary hair then) Malin has far displaced himself from his musical (and hairstyle) past to land where he is now. The music he creates is much more Neil Young than Iron Maiden nowadays and this new direction is proving quite fruitful for the young rocker.

Jesse Malin's second solo album 'Heat' will be dropped while he's still in Britain, on May 25th. 'Heat' will be released on Artemis records, the same company responsible for the release of his debut album 'The Fine Art of Self-Destruction' in 2003. Bringing his skills at producing to 'The Fine Art' was Mr. Ryan Adams himself, who, along with Melissa Auf Der Maur, also provided a few backing vocals here and there for Malin.

It seems that Malin returned the favor, as he is listed as 'Spiritual Advisor' on Adams' new album 'Rock N Roll' (with Auf Der Maur once again providing backup). And it doesn't end there folks, oh no, the intricate web of Adams, Malin and Auf Der Maur is much more complicated than that. Auf Der Maur and Adams also have a side project called the Virgins, along with Evan Dando and James Iha, which none of them seem to admit to. Look out for Malin to provide backing vocals or spiritually advise for the supergroup sometime in the future (or maybe he already has, but alas, we might never know).

Jesse Malin's Canadian dates:

June 20 Toronto – Horseshoe Tavern
June 21 Montreal – La Salla Rosa

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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