Jarvis Cocker taking new rock direction on second solo album

    Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker arrives in the country for a few solo dates at the end of this week. The tour is set to feature songs from his upcoming second solo album, which he promises will contain a new “rock” direction. Since the release of his debut solo album in ’06, Cocker has been working with Beth Ditto and Air, and curated the 2007 incarnation of the Meltdown Festival.

    The enigmatic singer told BBC 6Music that his backing band can rock out, and have taken the new material in a totally different direction. “So what I’ve tried to do with the new stuff, rather than me just sit there and wait for inspiration to come at some point–which takes ages–instead we’ve written stuff together,” said Cocker. “And it’s a bit louder.”

    The eminently quotable singer adds: “It’s probably something to do with some kind of mid-life crisis as well, y’know? Rock while you still have the ability to do it before your bits start falling off.” Cocker seems to have forgotten that he’s already has a mid-life crisis of sorts, via the cabaret electroclash of Relaxed Muscle. [Gigwise]

    07.19 – Pitchfork Music Festival: Chicago, IL
    07.21 – Music Hall of Williamsburg: Brooklyn, NY
    07.22 – Terminal 5: New York, NY