Hugh Cornwell has a long, successful music career under his belt: 10 hit albums, 21 Top 40 singles and a slew of solo albums. The original guitarist, vocalist and main songwriter for the English punk-rockers the Stranglers, Hugh has been active in the UK music scene since 1974 and he isn’t ready to throw in the towel yet. His new album, Totem and Taboo, is mixed and engineered by Steve Albini and is due for release on June 25th through Red River Entertainment.
Here, get an exclusive first listen to his reflective track “In the Dead of Night.” It runs over nine minutes long and explores mortality, silence and the fear of both. The instrumentation is relatively simple and boasts a bass riff that is somehow both haunting and funky, as well as a consistent drumbeat and Cornwell’s frank emotions. “I’ve never written a song about mortality before,” Cornwell tells Rolling Stone, “but as the years roll by, it does become something I think about.”
Cornwell will support Totem and Taboo with a North American tour that starts in September.