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Jesse Malin

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Biography

Jesse Malin — whom the London Times says “writes vivid songs with killer
tunes and sings them with scary conviction” — and Lucinda Williams — the
southern troubadour once named “America’s best songwriter” by Time magazine
— first met in the early 2000s at a jazz club in NYC’s West Village. In a joint 2017
Rolling Stone interview, the two discussed their “shared love of miscreants,
misfits, the misunderstood and the mysteries of everyday lives binds them across
the Mason-Dixon line.”
“From the early frontier days of hardcore in New York to all the punk rock and
singer/songwriter touring,” says Malin, “it’s all been about survival and
reinvention. I wanted to make an open-sounding record with the space to tell
these stories. I like to write about characters and people I meet along the way.
The dreamers, schemers, hustlers, romantics, lovers, leavers and believers.”
Many of the dreamers, schemers and so on from Jesse’s own life contribute to
Sunset Kids, his new album of highly personal songs being released August 30
on Wicked Cool Records.
Sunset Kids first took shape at The Hollywood Bowl, when Jesse accepted
Lucinda’s invitation to see her open for what turned out to be Tom Petty and
The Heartbreakers’ final concert. The bittersweet experience inspired one of the
new album’s highlights, “Shining Down,” a rainy day jangle about “keeping alive
the spirits of the ones we’ve lost.” During that same visit, the idea came about of
three-time Grammy-winning Lucinda producing Jesse’s next record.
“Lucinda has a great eye for finding the beauty in broken things and a knack for
always picking the right take. Once she started dancing in the control room, we
knew we had it.”
In addition to this rare turn in the producer’s chair for Williams, she co-wrote and
sang on the evocative Country-flavored “Room 13,” which Malin calls “the heart
of the record in a lot of ways, about those meditative moments far away from
home, where you’re forced to reflect on the things that really matter.”
The album also features “Chemical Heart,” an upbeat pop basher located at a
mythical point on Queens Boulevard where Paul Simon and The Ramones
intersect, namechecking Bernie Taupin and Jake LaMotta among others.

“Shane” is a gentle ballad about one of his heroes, the lovably shambolic Shane
MacGowan of The Pogues.
“My first album, The Fine Art Of Self-Destruction, was about finding glory in the
wreckage,” says Malin of the album which was upon release Uncut’s “Album of
the Month.” “Sunset Kids is about owning it. The failures, the victories, the
moments. And moving up from there.”
After reflecting on his life while walking the streets of London, jamming riffs in an
East Village basement and writing songs in Florida hotel rooms while visiting his
ailing father, the ambitious 14-song album was recorded on both coasts between
the two artists’ touring schedules.
It opens with the pre-apocalyptic confession “Meet Me At The End Of The World
Again,” which includes backing vocals by Malin confidante and collaborator
Joseph Arthur. Another key guest contribution comes courtesy of Green Day’s
Billie Joe Armstrong, who co-wrote and sang on “Strangers & Thieves.”
“Billie Joe was in town and I showed him where we hung out when we were kids
in the hardcore days,” Malin recalls. “A couple days later, I got a text and he had
finished the song. He went into the details of his experience in the Bay Area with
that scene, and also my experiences, which were very parallel in New York.”
Those early days found a young Jesse “riding the subway trains from Queens to
the record stores and nightclubs in dirty, pre-Disney New York City” and never
looking back. His band Heart Attack put out the first New York hardcore single
“God Is Dead” when Malin was 14 years old. He later went on to acclaim as the
frontman for the fast and loud D Generation, whose albums were produced by
Ric Ocasek, Tony Visconti and David Bianco.
Bianco is one of the Sunset Kids referenced in the album’s title. The engineer
who won a Grammy for his pristine sonics on Tom Petty’s Wildflowers and
produced the first major-label release of Jesse’s career passed away suddenly
after overseeing the initial sessions for Sunset Kids in his L.A. studio.
“Playing music is something I need to do. Singing under those hot lights every
night is a great exorcism. We get to put together this pirate ship of characters
and go around the world making trouble and singing our guts out.”
As the line in crucial cut “When You’re Young” says, “Don’t waste your life on
things that don’t get better.” Malin concludes: “It’s about finding ways to survive
and navigate through all this stuff. Being compassionate and loving in a world
that will break your heart. But you’re still here. You wake up again and put one
foot in front of the other and live every day like it could be your last.”

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