Jesse Malin celebrates its 20th anniversary of ‘The Fine Art Of Self Destruction' a Utrecht gig13-02-2023
Jesse Malin will be over to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘The Fine Art Of Self Destruction’. It will be reissued on 17th February 2023 in expanded form with a bonus disc of the album reimagined and re-recorded with Malin’s longtime band. The bonus material was produced by Derek Cruz and engineered by Geoff Sanoff, who worked on Jesse’s recent ‘Sunset Kids’ and ‘Sad And Beautiful World’ releases.
As part of D Generation, Malin kept the spirit of '70s glam and punk alive during the height of grunge. Their valiant struggle earned D Generation a cult following and positive press, but the group had difficulty breaking outside of their native New York. Malin did better as a solo artist, realigning himself with the rawer side of Americana in the 2000s, then working as a rock & roll troubadour, bashing out albums and earnest concerts at a steady pace.
Malin reinvented himself as a solo artist with 2003's The Fine Art of Self Destruction, 2010's Love It to Life wed world-weary lyrics to lean rock & roll melodies, and 2021's Sad and Beautiful World, his first double album, gave him the room to explore both sides of his muse.
Produced by Ryan Adams and released in 2003, The Fine Art of Self Destruction “wasn’t named for drug or alcohol abuse,” says Malin. “It was more about a personal wreckage when I looked back on my life, from my parents' divorce to failed relationships, broken up bands, dropping out of school, crashing cars, breaking things. It was more of a spiritual journey in some sense.”
“I was still learning how to sing and tell stories. I had started out stripped down, just me and a piano player, but when Ryan Adams came in to produce, he added some instrumentation that really lent itself to a more open, wider feel. These songs were written in a little apartment downtown, without a record deal, a manager, or any expectation of anything coming of it—just a need to write them.”
“Malin writes vivid songs with killer tunes and sings them with scary conviction,” says The Times. "There is simply nothing more you can demand from a great rock record.”
On February 19th Jesse Malin will be playing one exclusive show in the Netherlands:
19/02: Utrecht, NL - dBs