Typography

Bringing with him the growing eclecticism of his songbook, Mark Lanegan hits the stage at The Circus on Friday 6 February in support of his latest release, Phantom Radio.

The road to this point has been anything but without curves and unexpected turns for the former Screaming Trees frontman. Emerging from the shadows of the grunge movement, the singer-songwriter has diversified his output to the point of sheer unpredictably. Each release has been greeted with acclaim of some degree, as his grunge roots have been overshadowed by more sensitive leanings.

Battles with substance abuse has ensured his material remains fringed with darker edges over the years. Collaborations have come thick and fast, with Lanegan hooking up with Queens of the Stone Age (co-writing their monster hit No One Knows), former Belle and Sebastianite Isobel Campbell (for a trio of sublime albums), Greg Dulli (The Gutter Twins), Duke Garwood (2013’s Black Pudding) and even Moby (2013’s The Lonely Night single). This is just the tip of the collaborative iceberg.

The past decade has also seen him compliment his early catalogue of solo albums with a revolving line-up of musicians under the banner of Mark Lanegan Band. 2004’s brilliant solo release Bubblegum saw his trademark gravelly vocals and dark reflection harmonizing into something majestic. 2012’s follow-up Blues Funeral saw electronica introduced into the mix, with Lanegan performing a barnstorming gig in February that year at The Circus.

Mark Lanegan Band
6 February, 21:00
Tickets €34.50

The Circus
Salomonkatu 1-3
Helsinki

The well-received Phantom Radio has seen him head out on an extensive European tour, stretching until the end of March.

Support comes from Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss, and Lyenn.

James O’Sullivan