"Cruel Melody", the 2007 debut album from BLACK LIGHT BURNS, the new band led by former LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland, received its long-awaited European release on June 20 via Edel. Wes has since issued the following update regarding the release:
"Dear Europe, it seems we just keep blowing it with you. First the album doesn't come out for a year, then our summer festival dates get rickety, and finally the worst thing ever happens: A person who will remain unnamed that works for our label sent the Wal-Mart version [Wal-Mart is a chain of conservative corporate stores in the U.S. that only carries albums which have had all profanity removed] of our master to Edel (our record label in Europe). That version has all of the cuss words censored, and that's what you've been hearing if you bought the album in Europe. I cannot begin to fathom how a mistake like this could have slipped through so many fingers unnoticed, but somehow it has and I am as disgusted and disappointed by it as you must be. After discussing several solutions, the one that has come to make the most sense is to create a special website for the people who bought the European version of the record. Once the site is launched, in the very near future, you'll be able to download high-quality versions of the songs on 'Cruel Melody' that were censored. Please accept our sincere apologies and know that you shouldn't have to be dealing with a mistake like this. It is absolutely the most incredible blunder I've ever seen in my life, and had someone thought to actually send me the record to approve before it went out, none of this would have happened. I continue to be more angry than I've ever been in my life about this. Every day the state of my mind has actually gotten worse instead of getting better, and when I allow myself to think about it for more than a few seconds, it makes me want to go on a killing spree. I know that our solution doesn't make up for what's been done, but hopefully it will soften the blow and you will let us off the hook. Nothing like this will EVER HAPPEN AGAIN. I'm so sorry, the site is coming soon. Thanks for your support."
BLACK LIGHT BURNS will release "Cover Your Heart and The Anvil Pants Odyssey", a combination CD and DVD package on August 5, 2008 on I Am: Wolfpack/YMA Music Group.
Packed with reinterpreted songs of bands including DURAN DURAN ("Hungry Like the Wolf"), THE JESUS LIZARD ("The Art of Self Defense"), SISTERS OF MERCY ("Lucretia My Reflection") and PJ HARVEY ("Rid of Me"), "Cover Your Heart" is a deconstruction and reconstruction of music that the band has loved and appreciated.
"This is a short list of just some of our favorite songs," Wes explains. "It was really a culmination of years of ideas for cover songs and never getting around to doing it. But as soon as the thought of a covers album came about, it was like pulling a cork out of a dam. We had to stick it back in as fast as possible because we were soaked in like four seconds."
A fascinating spread of different textures and sounds, from the rhythmic percussive/guitar aggression of LOVE AND ROCKETS' "So Alive" to the dark and twisted retelling of FIONA APPLE's "On the Bound" to the punk spittle and squelch of IGGY & THE STOOGES' "Search and Destroy", "Cover Your Heart" is a content-oriented piece that serves as an ultimate bridge between their 2007 debut "Cruel Melody" and the new album, due in early 2009. "A couple of songs don't stray too far off the path of the originals, but most are tremendously skewed," he says. "It's so much fun to take a song from one of your heroes and mix your own filth into it... you know, really create a Frankenstein's monster of a song. It's the most fun I've ever had making an album." The covers are coupled with, as Wes describes, "seven instrumentals cut from 'Cruel Melody'," adding yet another dimension to the album. "The Anvil Pants Odyssey", the DVD component of the package, contains a 100-minute tour documentary "filled with behind-the-scenes footage from BLB touring, "Behind The Lie: Making the 'Lie' Music Video", plus three music videos from their debut album ("Lie", "Mesopotamia" and "4 Walls").