Oh, happy Monday! Portland’s gloriously dance-y punk-blues trio the Gossip are back after a too-long haitus, and streaming the first single from their upcoming Music for Men (due June 22) on their MySpace.
Granted, Beth Ditto and co., who haven’t issued an album of original material since their 2006 breakthrough Standing in the Way of Control, have been busy — especially in the U.K., where they’re considered bona fide rock stars, posing nude for magazine covers and closing out massive festivals.
Stateside, the band has now left indie-label stalwart Kill Rock Stars for the unfortunately-named Sony imprint Music with a Twist (gay artists: they haz a lemon-lime flavor?), which will release Men, helmed by legendary producer/bearded beats-yoda Rick Rubin (Run-DMC, Johnny Cash, the Beastie Boys).
Stream the slow-building, big-banging “Heavy Cross” here and tell us — could Men be the best release of summer 2009?