Ministry To Hit The Studio In January

During a recent interview with Consequence Of Sound, Al Jourgensen confirmed that Ministry are planning to hit the studio on January 1 to begin recording their new album. On top of that, he also said that he may be making new music with Revolting Cocks and Lard (his side project with former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra).

Jourgensen said the following:

“This [fall] tour pretty much closes out our touring on ‘AmeriKKKant’, and then we immediately, as of the first of the year, go into starting to record the new Ministry record. I have a studio in my house that is currently under construction to make it ready for next year. So when I go back, we’ll go right into production on a new Ministry record and just record for, like, the next six months — very similar to what we did for [1988’s] ‘[The Land Of] Rape And Honey’ — and just record a bunch.”

He also added that the recording may take awhile due to him getting “sidetracked” with Lard and Revolting Cocks:

“My neighbor right down the street is Gary Numan, so we may hook up together on some stuff. We just talked about that the other day. That may happen, so who knows, it may take a full year, maybe two years before the Ministry record comes out, but we start recording January 1st.”

As for his plans with Lard, he said:

“I have a feeling that next year, me and Jello Biafra are gonna do a couple of Lard songs. As a matter of fact, it’s not a feeling. I know that as a fact. So, we’re gonna kind of resurrect that.”

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Ministry Frontman Al Jourgensen Says Him & Former Bassist Paul Barker Are “Talking About Doing Something” Together

During a recent interview with Billboard, Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen revealed that him and former Ministry bassist Paul Barker are getting along again. The two reconciled after working on the “Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records” documentary and are even “talking about doing something in the very near future.”

Jourgensen said the following:

“We’re actually talking about doing something in the very near future. So who knows what may pop up on the next Ministry album. That’s really gonna get the old school crowd going. I just got off the phone with him, in fact.”

This news comes after Jourgensen previously said he also “kissed and made up” with his former Ministry/Revolting Cocks bandmate Chris Connelly. He told Billboard the following about burying the hatchet:

“These people I haven’t dealt with or seen in years are becoming a prevalent part of my life again.”

“…It’s like riding a bike. You know how to do it. It was something that was long overdue on both his part and my part. A lot of external factors — whether it be management, previous relationships, ex-wives, things like that — is what interfered with this partnership continuing.

I think all the barriers have just dissipated through the process of time and healing. I think there could really be something to this.”

Ministry To Record Los Angeles Shows For New Live Album, Al Jourgensen Talks New Album

During a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie, Al Jourgensen revealed that Ministry will be recording the Los Angeles, CA dates of their fall tour for a new live album. As the frontman previously mentioned, the band have also been working on a new album. He has now confirmed the news once again while adding that they have “just started doing [their] research and development” for the effort.

Jourgensen said the following about the new live album:

“This tour is going to be really cool. We started it in San Francisco. We go all around North America in four weeks when we come back and we end it with two nights at the Fonda theater in Los Angeles. We will be recording both of those for a live record on the last two shows here in our hometown. So show up and make noise.”

He added the following about the group’s new album:

“Well we just started doing our research and development for the new Ministry album, as yet untitled. We just got our studio up and running. The way I do a Ministry album is that the first month or so was all gathering samples, gathering loops, gathering interesting ideas then formulating it all into a cohesive manner later. Right now we are just in the hunters and gatherers stage. We have actually started that. I am pretty excited. We are going to do one more Ministry record and see where it goes from there.”

On another note, he also talked about a possible Revolting Cocks reunion:

“Also, I would like to do some stuff with an old friend of mine; we just kissed and made up — Chris Connelly from Revolting Cocks. I would like to also do some new RevCo stuff in the upcoming months whether it is just a song or an EP or maybe even an album. Either way, a lot of studio time after this tour. I am pretty much going to be out of life for about another year. I am going to lock myself up in the studio and have meals slid through a door, things like that. What crazy scientists do, whatever.”

[via Loudwire]

Alien Weaponry Added To Ministry’s Fall Tour With Carpenter Brut

Igorrr have dropped off Ministry’s fall tour with Carpenter Brut. With them gone, Alien Weaponry have been recruited to take their place. This will be the teenage “Maori thrash” band’s first North American tour.

Tour Dates:

11/21 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
11/23 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/24 Denver, CO – Fillmore
11/27 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
11/29 Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/30 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
12/01 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
12/02 Toronto, ON – Rebel
12/04 Rochester, NY – Anthology
12/05 Washington, DC – Fillmore
12/06 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/07 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/08 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
12/10 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
12/11 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
12/12 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
12/13 Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
12/14 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
12/16 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
12/18 San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
12/20 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
12/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda

Ministry Working On New Album, Al Jourgensen Remixes Track For David Hasselhoff

During a recent interview with Billboard, Al Jourgensen revealed that Ministry are already working on a follow up to their latest album “AmeriKKKant,” which was released in March. You can read what he had to say about that below. In other news, Jourgensen also revealed that he worked on a remix of David Hasselhoff’s cover of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” with DJ Swamp.

Jourgensen said the following when asked about the new album and the band’s quick turnaround :

“Yeah. I mean, I have to get as many albums as I can done while Trump is still president. And then what am I going to do: write those crappy albums that I write while Democrats are president?”

He added the following when asked if he can share any of his ideas for the effort:

“Well, yeah. The last album was not an anti-Trump album, it was like the “how we got here” album. It kind of touched on what I was talking about with the [self-titled Surgical Meth Machine] album, how society has changed so drastically since social media because ubiquitous.

And in a Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker kind of way, examining the ramifications and permutations of what that entails. Trump is the perfect byproduct of the society we’ve created…

Society is really changing, but I do actually see hope, in a very cautious way, the same way I saw hope back in the late ’60s when I was first really becoming aware of politics and the way society works… I just hope we don’t make the same mistakes that turned a social movement into the latest fashion trend.

If you look back on the ’60s, we made some nominal civil rights and gender rights gains, but generally what we have to show for it is LSD and bell-bottoms and Woodstock. I’m hoping we go a little bit further this time. And I do see the new album touching on topics like that.”

Jourgensen also had the following to say when asked if the album will follow the same path as “Houses Of The Molé“, “Rio Grande Blood” and “The Last Sucker“, which all took aim at the George W. Bush administration:

“Three albums of bashing Bush… although the last one was almost like, I felt sorry for the guy as much as I felt sorry for us for having to deal with the guy. ‘The Last Sucker‘ was like, “We’re all suckers in this.” ‘AmeriKKKant‘ wasn’t completely anti-Trump.

It was how we got to Trump, and I think this next album is going to be much more of a positive message of “How do we get out of Trump and keep it that way?” So I’m thinking about this in a structural sense.

As far as musically, the stuff that I’ve been working on lately is far more Portishead than Motörhead (laughs.)… We’re getting a lot more into electronics again and scratching, as opposed to three chords and a cloud of dust and shouting as loud as you can through blown-out speakers.

That’s certainly served its purpose for me for a while, but I think we’re getting into more heady material.”

As for the remix of the Hasselhoff track, Jourgensen said:

“It was the most surreal project I’ve ever been involved with. I didn’t even have to take acid, and I felt like I was trippin’ balls. David Hasselhoff has a new album coming out, some originals and some covers — and for whatever reason — and this is the part that still perplexes me since I haven’t met David Hasselhoff yet — he decided I would be the perfect person to mix this. So it’s like, ‘I’m game! I’ll take the challenge. This could be cool,’ and sure enough, man, as soon as I heard it, I felt like I was on some of Timothy Leary’s best MDMA I’ve ever been on!”