The Kildare band Super Extra Bonus Party announced the release of their first album in 14 years Late Nite 99, is being released on September 29th 2023, with the single ‘The Corpse’ and an Irish tour in September / October.
Like that previous single ‘The Corpse’, ‘Line Before The Line’ is a sound that’s new for the band previously known for a hybrid live band and electronic energy.
The single, sung by Gavin Elsted, Stephen Fahey and Emma Hanlon of Silverbacks, with a galloping dusty beat, glockenspiel, brass, melodica and strings is a plaintive song about a couple overcoming testing times in their shared life.
About Line Before The Line, Gavin Elsted says “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do stylistically and it harks back to what we used to do the first time around. We were never concerned with what genre or style the songs on the records were, the only real criteria that we needed to satisfy was whether we liked the song or not. We were delighted to work with Emma too – she has an amazing voice and imbues the track with a quiet strength and just the right amount of emotion.”
The band play Electric Picnic this Sunday September 3rd at the Salty Dog stage at 10.20pm.
Super Extra Bonus Party Live dates
September 3 – Salty Dog Stage, Electric Picnic Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois
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!”