Violent Femmes had a lot of news to share on Tuesday (April 30), including a new album titled Hotel Last Resort. They’ve also teamed up with pro skateboarder Stefan Janoski and Nike for an exclusive shoe.
Hotel Last Resort drops on July 26 but the title track, and the unique lyric video, are both available now. The song features legendary guitarist, Tom Verlaine. Violent Femmes’ bassist Brian Ritchie asked Verlaine to join them and got the “yes” within minutes.
“We didn’t really give him much instruction,” Ritchie says, “but he did exactly what we hoped he’d do. He clearly has an affinity for the song. He must’ve really clued in on the lyrics and he really interpreted them with a guitar.”
The new album is the band’s 10th studio album and it’s being hailed as some of their best work.
“I think it’s probably the best one we’ve made since Hallowed Ground,” says Ritchie. “Which is a long time. It’s just a very focused album, the songs all hold together. It’s a classic album, in the sense that people should actually sit down and listen to the whole thing. It’s not too long. It’s short, it’s punchy, it’s solid, it’s to the point, goes a few different directions but it always comes back to the core approach and then it’s over. Hopefully, you’ll think ‘I want to hear that again.'”
Aside from their collaboration with Verlaine, the record also includes an appearance by pro skateboarder, Stefan Janoski. Janoski is a longtime fan of the band and his vocals are included on the band’s classic, “I’m Nothing.”
Janoski is also collaborating with the Violent Femmes for their partnership with Nike. They’ve joined forces to create the Zoom Janoski RM “Violent Femmes.” This is a one-of-a-kind exclusive shoe designed by the legendary skateboarder. It was inspired by the song, “I’m Nothing,” one of his favorite Violent Femmes’ songs.
The words “I’m Nothing” in Janoski’s handwriting will be screen printed on the tongue of the shoe. His artwork will also be included on the custom sock liner.
Hotel Last Resort is available for pre-order now with options to purchase a limited edition, colored vinyl.
To celebrate the new album, Violent Femmes will hit the road to perform songs new and old for fans. That string of dates includes co-headlining shows with Ben Folds. They’ll perform right here in Nashville on August 9.
Hotel Last Resort Track Listing:
“I Get What I Want”
“I’m Nothing” (Feat. Stefan Janoski)
“Adam Was a Man”
“Hotel Last Resort” (Feat. Tom Verlaine)
“It’s All or Nothing”
“I’m Not Gonna Cry”
“This Free Ride”
“Paris to Sleep”
“Sleepin’ at the Meetin'”
“God Bless America”