Cigarettes After Sex have just released a new song, “K” – again it makes clear the ambient pop vision of lead songwriter Greg Gonzalez. Working on a full length debut album, for release in 2017 on Partisan Records, there is plenty here to stir interest for the future of a mesmerizing band that have been responsible for slow burning hits like “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby”, their stunning debut track. The recently released “Affection” further cemented Gonzalez as an artist working a truly unique path.
Now with “K”, the anticipation for new material from the band is even greater. With a string of sold out tour dates in Europe and the UK, it seems as if the quiet, and unassuming grace of the band is being rewarded.
ARTISTdirect caught up with Gonzalez, and invited him to run through his eclectic musical memories – and perhaps share some insight into the DNA of the sound that informed his band’s direction.
First single I bought:
I think it was the single for “Symphony of Destruction” by Megadeth. Bought it to get the bonus tracks.
First live show I attended:
I went to see the Rolling Stones play the Sun Bowl in my hometown of El Paso, TX with my parents when I was 12. I mostly remember my Dad telling me that the name of the song was “Sympathy For the Devil” when they played it.
First song I learned to play:
It was most likely “Enter Sandman” or “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Those songs were inescapable if you went to a first guitar lesson circa 1992.
The song that encouraged me to learn my instrument of choice:
I’ll have to say “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. That song sort of opened my eyes to the sort of magic you could create on the guitar. Brian May’s solo on that is still my all time favorite.
The song that reminds me of my home:
“Colour My World” by Chicago because it’s both my parents’ favorite song & it always makes me think of them.
My guilty secret track:
I feel like a fair share of music I listen to falls into this category, but “Still The One” by Shania Twain is a pretty big one. Love it & haven’t met anyone who doesn’t hate it.
The song I wish I wrote:
“The Crystal Ship” by the Doors.
The finest song from my all time hero:
“Simple Twist of Fate” by Dylan.
The song I’ve written of which I’m most proud:
I’d have to say “I’m a Firefighter”. I like all the imagery in it that relates to falling in & out of love with someone.
The song that should be played at my funeral:
“Romance-Larghetto” by Chopin.