End of Love (featuring Big Star’s Jody Stephens) share “Take This Heart” from guest-filled new LP (listen)
End of Love @ Stone Pony, 2014 (photo by Connie Freestone)
Early-’00s Americana powerpop band End of Love reformed in 2013 and have been working on a new album titled Ghosts on the Radio which features Big Star’s Jody Stephens on drums, plus guest appearances by Nels Cline, Chris Stamey, Irwin Menken of Lee Ranaldo’s band and more. Jody tells us a little more about how it came about:
I got involved as a member of End of Love in November of 2013. I had met Irwin in Europe a year earlier when I was touring with Big Star Third and he was playing bass for Lee Ranaldo. We ran into each other again about 18 months later in New York. He told me about the project and asked if I’d play drums on a couple of tracks. He and Jay came to Ardent in Memphis and we had a great day in the studio. Over dinner he asked me to join the band and I agreed.
At the time I was beginning to work with Luther Russell on what has turned out to be Those Pretty Wrongs. In that project I am co-writing with Luther and singing but not playing drums live. Big Star’s Third live, Chris Stamey’s idea, affords me the chance to play drums and sing Big Star songs. An incredibly special event, but it only happens a few times a year.
So, when Irwin asked me to join End of Love it seemed like a great opportunity to continue to play drums and to feel like I’m making a contribution to songs I like. It also only happens a few times a year so it’s all a nice fit.
End of Love’s album, Ghosts on the Radio, will be out December 11 but until then you can listen to “Take This Heart” which makes its premiere in this post. Listen, and check out album art and tracklist, below…
End of Love – Ghosts on the Radio tracklist
Take This Heart
Who Do You See
Scream Out Loud
Color Of My Eyes
Let It Go