As Friday's release of the duo's debut album Utopian Ashes
draws near, Bobby and Jehnny announce details of their first live shows together
- which includes a vist to Theatre Royal Brighton
Utopian Ashes draws on the tradition of country soul classics, such as Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris's Grievous Angel and George Jones and Tammy Wynett's We Go Together, to deal with the heavy realities of love turning sour.
It's an album for people who have dealt with the inevitable sadness that comes with age and acknowledged the realities of life.
There is no sweetening of the pill, but it does achieve what should be the goal of all good art: to make us feel less alone.
And while it's not autobiographical, it channels heartfelt truth from the songwriters' own experiences.
The duo first met in 2015, when they were both invited to perform with Suicide at the Barbican.
The following summer she joined Primal Scream on stage for a duet of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood's Some Velvet Morning, which cemented their connection.
In 2017, they convened in Paris for sessions, where their initial electronic-focused ideas gradually evolved into a richer tapestry of soul, country, blues and rock 'n' roll.
Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth play Theatre Royal Brighton on 14th November 2021. For tickets CLICK HERE.