Pushing Forty (Big Stir Digital Single No. 59)
The Big Stir Singles Series returns afresh for 2020 with a new release from BSR founders THE ARMOIRES, out Friday January 17 and available for preorder at www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles now. “Pushing Forty”, the new single from the band's ZIBALDONE album, is accompanied by a new video (the first to feature the groups's new lineup with drummer JOHN BORACK) and is backed by a brand new exclusive B-side, “Shame And Bourbon”, and sports cover art by painter EDWARD HUERTA (who's also the band ROCKFORD's drummer).
THE ARMOIRES' 2019 album Zibaldone and its songs landed a clutch of Best of 2019 honors including Top 10 Album nods from the UK's I Don't Hear a Single, All Around Records, and Ian Canty of Louder Than War Magazine. “Pushing Forty” has been an airplay and live performance favorite, noted for its Who-referencing lyrics, the viola-and-12-string interplay between LARYSA BULBENKO and REX BROOME, and the characteristic harmonies of Broome and CHRISTINA BULBENKO – it's a rocking summation of the band's unique sound. The brand new video, out day-and-date with the single on the Big Stir Media YouTube Channel, finds the band dressed to the nines with new drummer Borack, bassist CLIFFORD ULRICH and the rest decked out in gold lamé variants of their habitual paisley stage attire. Guest star KAREN BASSET (of THE PANDORAS, THE KARIANNES and THE TEST PRESSINGS) appears as the “Mystery Woman” taking in the performance.
“Shame And Bourbon” is a brand new recording, perhaps harkening back to Broome's West Virginia roots and showcasing Larysa, who also performs in old-time music ensemble THE OLD CORN LICKERS, on a raucous fiddle solo. An uncharacteristic and dark slice of what's now known as Americana, the framework of the song arrived to Broome in a dream. “A bizarre and holy fire is burning through the town tonight”, it began, a turn of phrase Christina immediately equated with the traditions of Resurrection Day in Jerusalem. “A collision of deeply religious imagery and lonely alcoholic decline”, says Rex, “If that ain't country...”
Tracked by the two Bulbenkos and Broome at Big Stir Headquarters in Burbank, “Shame And Bourbon” was mixed by Zibaldone producer STEVEN WILSON (of PLASTICSOUL) and appears here for the first time ever. THE ARMOIRES continue to perform live and tour with their new lineup in support of Zibaldone, and can be expected to offer up a few new recordings throughout 2020 as work up tracks for their third full album with sessions expected to commence later in the year.