[Cover photo credit to Melissa Babasin / (L to R) Jorge Disguster: Drums, Vox / Angelique Congleton: Bass, Vox Bryan Small: Vox, Rhythm Guitar / Jimmy James: Lead Guitar]
LA-born Rock and Roll band The Hangmen formed in 1986 and have weathered many storms from dealing with major labels to addiction. The band’s upcoming album Stories To Tell brings together “lurid love songs” and “unsparing, unsentimental blasts” that bring light to “the dark and seedy corners of life.” Their single “Midnight Riders” is out now.
Stories To Tell will be released September 8, 2023 on Acetate Records. A month-long European tour commences September 13, 2023 in Paris.
Lead singer Bryan Small shares:
Midnight Riders is a rite of passage song. It’s the way my friends and I lived in our early days navigating life, being in bands and coping with everything as kids in Hollywood. We didn’t have boundaries. We had mentors who were notoriously fucked up geniuses in our eyes. I’m not surprised by the path we took for ourselves – some made it, some moved home and some died.
We recorded in different studios over the course of about a year and a half, which is the way some of my favorite albums were made. This is the first record since Mike Ness (Social Distortion) produced In The City that I’ve kinda let go of the production and mixing to get a different view of these songs.
Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Beck, X) also stepped in to produce two tracks on Stories: “On The Outside” and “Last Time I Saw You,” a tribute to “Rontrose” Heathman, the former Hangmen and Supersuckers guitar player who passed away in 2020.
Stories To Tell also includes a cover of Credence Clearwater Revival’s “Sinister Purpose.”
THE HANGMEN EUROPEAN TOUR 2023
13/09 WED PARIS, FR @ LA DAME DE CANTON
14/09 THU RENNES, FR @ LE NOKTAMBÜL
15/09 FRI St. GUILLES CROIX VIE FRI, FR @ ROCK THE SEA
16/09 SAT PERIGUEUX, FR @ LE MOULIN DU ROUSSEAU
17/09 SUN ZARAGOZA, SP @ SALA Z
19/09 TUE LIERGANES, SP @ LOS PICOS
20/09 WED A CORUÑA, SP @ MARDI GRAS
21/09 THU MADRID, SP @ CLAMORES
22/09 FRI BURGOS, SP @ AMB
23/09 SAT BILBAO, SP @ KAFE ANTZOKIA
24/09 SUN TOLEDO, SP @ PÍCARO
26/09 TUE GRANADA, SP @ LEMON ROCK
27/09 WED BENIDORM, SP @ ROCKSTAR
28/09 THU VALENCIA, SP @ LOCO CLUB
29/09 FRI BARCELONA, SP @ SIDECAR
30/09 SAT MONTPELLIER FR @ SECRET PLACE
01/10 SUN COMO, IT @ JOSHUA BLUES CLUB
03/10 TUE ZAGRED, HR @ HARD PLACE
04/10 WED BELGRADE, RS @ KC GRAD
05/10 THU PRAGUE, CZ @ VAGON
06/10 FRI BERLIN, DE @ WILD AT HEART
11/10 WED HAMBURGH, DE @ APOLLO CLUB
12/10 THU KOLN, DE @ SONIC BALLROOM
14/10 SAT MESSANCY, BE @ BACK TO THE PIPELINE