Published May 12, 2015After spending the better part of the last decade fronting Shilpa Ray and the Happy Hookers, the band's namesake is stepping out with her debut solo full-length. Last Year's Savage arrives next week, but Exclaim! is streaming it in its entirety, giving you a chance to hear it before it hits shelves.
After disbanding the Happy Hookers, Ray hit the road to tour with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. It proved a fruitful musical relationship, with Cave releasing her EP It's All Self Fellatio, Shilpa Ray back in 2013.
Now, Ray returns to unveil her debut full-length, Last Year's Savage. Her blues-punk sound of releases past remains in tact, but the new material also toys with psychedelic, synthesized sounds. Her voice runs the gamut from jazzy soul to snarling punk to campy musical theatre, delivering an eclectic mix of songs that are as intriguing as their titles.
From "Pop Song for Euthanasia" to the sneering, Broadway-esque "Johnny Thunders Fantasy Space Camp" to "Colonel Mustard in the Billiard Room with Sheets of Acid" and technological takedown "Sanitary iPad," the titles are mere teasers to the clever, angry and downright hilarious observations made in Ray's music.
Last Year's Savage officially arrives on May 19 via Northern Spy, but you can give it an early listen in the player below, right now.