New York punk-rocker-turned-singer-songwriter Jesse Malin is debuting his newest video for the track “Edward Hopper” off his 2015 record, Outsiders. We’ve got the exclusive premiere of the video above.
In addition to sharing “Edward Hopper,” Malin is set to release a reissue of his 2003 debut record, The Fine Art of Self Destruction, dropping February 26. The reissue, produced by Ryan Adams with liner notes by Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem), features a bonus disk of demos and previously unreleased tracks. We grabbed a few minutes with Malin to chat about “Edward Hopper,” as well as his forthcoming release.
Paste: Edward Hopper was a realist painter. What inspired you to name a song after him?
Jesse: I’ve always been a fan of his work, especially the ultra-famous “Nighthawks” painting. Over the years, I’ve watched my friends and myself repeatedly paint ourselves into a corner.
Paste: What was the process of writing this song like?
Jesse: This was one of those songs that came out of a loose jam session with my guitar player, Derek Cruz. We spent a lot of nights in the B room of old classic hardcore punk studio, Tu Casa, and on this night I believe we were listening to “Young Americans” over and over again.
Paste: Tell us about the reissue of The Fine Art of Self-Destruction – How did Ryan Adams and Brian Fallon’s involvement occur?
Jesse: I met Ryan Adams in the late 90s in North Carolina. I was playing with my old band D Generation. We had a couple beers out in the parking lot and began yacking about music until the sun came up. When he went solo and moved to New York City, we hung out almost every night. He gave me the courage to be a solo artist when I was incredibly frightened by the singer-songwriter tag. He produced The Fine Art of Self-Destruction in five days, with the wonderful engineer Tom Schick at the controls. Ryan played lead guitar and added all kinds of magic to the record. I had never made anything that fast, and to this day many of the songs still remain in my live set, and I am forever grateful to him.
I met Brian Fallon through my buddy, Joe Sib, just before The ‘59 Sound album came out. Brian is a great talent and storyteller. He was very generous to write the liner notes for this record.
Paste: Any upcoming shows this year?
Jesse: We have a four-week UK and European Outsiders tour starting mid-February, and then we’ll be returning to the states to play The Fine Art of Self-Destruction album in full in selected cities.
Paste: What else is coming up for you?
Jesse: I’m excited to take some time in between tours and travel around a bit by myself; that’s where I get my best writing done. If that doesn’t work, I plan to go bungee jumping in a parking lot in Detroit, or join a Menudo cover band.
Jesse Malin Tour Dates
3/31/2016 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
4/15/2016 – Nashville, TN @ City Winery