Today at Spin.com, Redd Kross premiered the new video for “Stay Away from Downtown” from their first new album in 15 years Researching the Blues which will be in stores tomorrow.
Directed by Jeff McDonald and Dave Markey, the video for “Stay Away from Downtown” features a look that Jeff describes as “beat club meets old time kids show Hobo Kelly.” Co-starring Jeff’s daughter Astrid and her best friend LuLu White who is the daughter of Wayne White as the band’s “Greek chorus,” the video achieves its goal of being “just a fun rock ‘n roll trip. A cheap fantasy.”
In stores tomorrow, Researching the Blues features 10 new songs clocking in at just under 32 minutes. With songs written by Jeff and produced and mixed by Steven, the album is by far the band’s favorite record. Steven says, “It has the most singular artistic vision of any record we’ve done. It’s just 10 really fucking awesome songs that have the ability to move you in many different ways.”
Founded 34 years ago in Los Angeles during the first wave of LA punk rock by brothers Jeff and Steven McDonald (then respectively 15 and 11 years old), Redd Kross cut their teeth opening for Black Flag at a middle school graduation party. NPR’s Stephen Thompson says of Researching the Blues, “Power-pop signposts abound throughout the album, from Cheap Trick to Teenage Fanclub — the latter could’ve fit “Dracula’s Daughter” onto Bandwagonesque and no one would have minded — but Researching the Blues never delves into nostalgia. Who has time, when you’re having this much fun blowing kids half your age out of the water?”
Researching the Blues is available for pre-order on CD and LP now in the Merge store.
Redd Kross on tour:
Aug 7 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Aug 8 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Sept 1 Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest
Sept 6 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Sept 7 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
Sept 8 Portland, OR MusicFestNW @ Wonder Ballroom
Sept 23 Pensacola Beach, FL DeLuna Fest w/ Superchunk & Bob Mould