Marlon Williamsreturns with“Vampire Again,” his first new material since releasing his acclaimed debut album early last year viaDead Oceansand touring relentlessly around the world, including performances onCONAN,Later…with Jools Holland, opening forBruce Springsteenand picking up both anARIA Awardnomination and twoNew Zealand Music Awards.
In creating “Vampire Again,” Williams returned home to Lyttelton, New Zealand to re-engage in the writing process and work again with producerBen Edwards.Below he discusses the story behind the song. Watch the accompanying video, directed by Williams in collaboration with UK cinematographerSteve Gullick. It’s a tragicomic vignette of a societal outcast – misshapen, uncomfortable, humorous and a little touching.
Following Williams’ recent performances at theNewport Folk FestivalandPickathon, he’ll hit the road throughout the rest of the month supportingCity & Colour, before playing headline shows inNew York, Los AngelesandTorontothis fall.
The germination of this song began in LA last year. It was indeed Halloween again, and I was bored, having spent a week locked away in an Airbnb by the airport trying in vain to write a song. Any song. Nothing came. So Halloween comes around and I figure, “Hey, I’m gonna go out tonight. Alone. Comfortably alone. Comfortably alone to see the LA Opera performing a new score to accompany my fave scary flick Nosferatu at the Ace Hotel. I’m gonna dress as the spindly creep himself. What’s more, I’m gonna get super blazed before I go. And be comfortably alone.”
So, off I go, having spent far too much on a last minute outfit, and step out of the Uber and onto the red carpet with a nauseating air of self-confidence. “This is my night. I am strong. I am human and it is my right to express myself how I see fit.” Turns out I was running late, and when I finally enter the theatre everyone was already seated and the overture had begun. What’s more, no one else was dressed up. Well they were, but in tuxedos and lovely dresses. And there was nowhere for stoned ole spindleboots to sit. So, I hunched and crawled my way down the aisle and sat on the floor like it was the most reasonable thing to do at an opera.
I made it through the whole film and then calmly turned tail, satisfied that I’d had a good time and sure that I’d heard whispers of “bad-ass” as I left the building. I’d like to believe that this was, at least in part, the catalyst for a whole new period in my life and my art. But that’s bullsh*t.
Anyway, here it is, my own demented tale of New Age self-affirmation; “Vampire Again.”
Marlon Williams Tour Dates: Fri. Aug. 11 – Boulder, CO @ Triple A Festival Sat. Aug 12 – Sun. Aug. 13 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Folk Festival Tue. Aug. 15 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant # Wed. Aug. 16 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown # Fri. Aug. 18 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre # Sat. Aug. 19 – Bellevue, CO @ Mishawaka Amphitheatre # Mon. Aug. 21 – Kansas City @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland # Tue. Aug. 22 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre # Thu. Aug. 24 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom # Fri. Aug. 25 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues # Sat. Aug. 26 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre # Mon. Aug. 28 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues # Tue. Aug. 29 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s # Sat. Sep. 2 – Rutbeek, NE @ Tuckerville Festival Tue. Oct. 24 – London, UK @ Omeara Wed. Oct. 25 – Paris, France @ Espace B Thu. Oct. 26 – Berlin, Germany @ FluxBau Sat. Oct. 28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ London Calling Festival Mon. Oct. 30 – New York, NY @ Rough Trade Wed. Nov. 1 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Thu. Nov. 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge Fri. Nov. 10 – Auckland, NZ @ Point Chev RSA Sat. Nov. 11 – Welllington, NZ @ San Fran Sun. Nov. 12 – Christchurch, NZ @ Blue Smoke Wed. Nov. 15 – Sydney, Australia @ Oxford Art Factory Thu. Nov. 16 – Melbourne, Australia @ Howler Fri. Nov. 17 – Mullumbimby, Australia @ Mullumbimby Music Festival