ZZ Top to release Texicali EP next month
have announced that they will release a new EP on the 5th June titled ‘ .’ The digital EP will feature four brand new songs which appear on their upcoming, currently untitled, full-length album that will be released on American Recordings late this summer or early fall. Fans who purchase the EP will benefit with a discount on the purchase of the full album when it is released.
The four songs on the EP were produced by Rick Rubin and the band’s Billy F Gibbons and include ‘,’ ‘ ,’ ‘ ’ and ‘ .’ A preview of ‘I Gotsta Get Paid’ can be heard in a just-launched campaign for the Jeremiah Weed line of malt beverages that has generated tremendous on-line buzz for the video that depicts Billy, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard performing to the delight and amazement of the patrons of a convenience store in a walk-in cooler. ‘I Gotsta Get Paid,’ based on the underground 1990s rap song ‘25 Lighters,’ is also heard on the soundtrack to the international box office hit Battleship. The title of the collection is a reference to the locations where the album was recorded.
“Based on the visibility of the ‘Gotsta Get Paid’ song, we decided to make available more of a taste of the album than just the one song,” said American’s Rubin. “That’s the beauty of the new digital landscape; we can put out what we want when we want, in the best service of the artist.”
Notes Gibbons, “We were itching to get some new music out before the full album release; making available these four tracks seems like a good way to accomplish that most expeditiously. Dusty, Frank and I are happy with what’s been accomplished in the studio so we figured we’d provide some hot and tasty ‘hors d’oeuvres’ before the main course is served this fall.”