After returning in 2018 with a few singles, the Kildare Choice Music Prize winning band Super Extra Bonus Party have announced a third album entitled Late Nite 99, is being released on September 29th 2023.
It’s the band’s first album in 14 years, heralded by the first single from the record called ‘The Corpse’ and an Irish tour in September / October this year, details below.
‘The Corpse’ features a marching band beat by drummer Gary Clarke, with Stephen Fahey making his lead vocal debut on a song that has indie and 70s psychedelia influences – reminscent of The Beta Band or Field Music, for example.
“The track is about stuff that affects all of us at some point I think: burnout, making promises you can’t follow through on, frustration with yourself as a result, trying to get other people to change to suit you as opposed to taking the responsibility on yourself – trying to give as much as possible but not in a conscious way.”Stephen Fahey
Super Extra Bonus Party Live dates
September 29 – Dublin, The Workmans Cellar
September 30 – Cork, Seanie Buttons at Cork Opera House
October 5 – Limerick, Dolans Kasbah
October 6 – Galway, Roisin Dubh
About Late Nite 99
The album in September features guest vocalists from the band’s inner circle along with vocals from the band’s Gavin Elsted, and was recorded over two weekends in late 2022 in The Meadow, Delgany with Rian Trench, Late Nite 99 and promises “the sound of a more cohesive, thoughtful band, neatly skipping between cinematic faux-westerns, technicolour psychedelia and delicate electronica.”
“I wouldn’t say that it’s our ‘grown-up record’ by any stretch, but maybe it’s being comfortable enough with each other to really refine our ideas that gives this a bit more of a focus. I think a longer gestation period really helped us figure out what we didn’t want the album to be and gave us the space to write in a way that would allow the album to present itself instead of trying to force things together.”Gavin Elsted
While this newfound sense of comfort might extend to things behind the scenes, it hasn’t stopped the band trying to be playful wherever they can. From the amazing neon nightmare cover art by Jorge Parras to the title of the record (named after a sighting of one of the band’s parents emerging from the Heuston Supermacs with a post-work ice cream) there’s still a lot of mischief to be found in Super Extra Bonus Party.
“I think that what’s happened with this album is that we’ve learned a lot as musicians over the years, but the dynamic between us has remained the same” Cormac Brady expands. “I think when we set out to make the album, we had a vision that the album would feel a little bit more cohesive and a little less chaotic. But the reality is that we’ve poured all of our new abilities into the exact same mould. No matter how much each of us progress at what we do musically, the way we create together remains unpredictable. That’s what makes it enjoyable and maybe why we’re still doing this after so long!”
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