KING DUDE: Commemorates Release of Music To Make War To with Bewitching New Video To Blues Duet "Good & Bad"

TJ Cowgill has been releasing Luciferian folk epics under the moniker KINGDUDE for nearly a […]
August 30, 2018

TJ Cowgill has been releasing Luciferian folk epics under the moniker KINGDUDE for nearly a decade, and his sound has only grown more striking with each new release. With his seventh album, Music To Make War To (out today via Ván Records), Cowgill tackles the foibles of war with piercing poetry and ambitious instrumentation. In celebration of the album's release, Cowgill has unveiled a video for the LP's third track, a blues-inflected duet with Josephine Olivia (of dark wave duo BLACKSAGE) entitled "Good & Bad." Watch the bewitching video in full today:

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"Good & Bad" caps of a trilogy of videos released in commemoration of Music To Make War To, a ten-song chronicle of war in all its iterations-within families, between hearts, across borders and beyond. Videos for the galloping siren song "Velvet Rope" and grim hymn "Time To Go To War" round out the trio of epic releases.

"Music To Make War To is an effort to explore what living in a perpetual state of conflict means to humanity,"Cowgill says of the album's intent. "It represents an attempt to find war in less conventional places and explain those findings through allegory and rock 'n roll. Now more than ever, in times like these when it appears that some invisible yet inevitable war is on the horizon, it is crucial to recall the past and the total reality of war."

Cowgill began churning out electrifying neo-folk as KING DUDE in 2010, with the barren and eerie acoustic tracks of My Beloved Ghost. Cowgill's sound has seen a staggering evolution, strapping his plaintive songs with bombastic '80s sheen (Fear, 2014; Sex, 2016) while still dabbling in heart stringing balladry (Songs of Flesh & Blood - In The Key of Light, 2015). Music To Make War To finds the KING DUDE persona at its most poised and fully realized.

Music To Make War To is now available via Ván Records. Order a copy of your own here. Catch KINGDUDE on tour throughout Europe in the months to come.

Music To Make War To - Track Listing
1. Time To Go To War
2. Velvet Rope
3. Good & Bad (feat. Josephine Olivia)
4. I Don't Write Love Songs Anymore
5. Dead Before the Chorus
6. Twin Brother of Jesus
7. In The Garden
8. The Castle
9. Let It Burn
10. God Like Me

KING DUDE Tour Dates (with Kælan Mikla)
September 20th, Berlin, DE
September 21st, Leipzig, DE
September 22nd, Poznan, PO
September 23rd, Krakow, PO
September 24th, Budapest, HU
September 25th, Vienna, AT
September 26th, Munich, DE
September 27th, Martigny, FR
September 28th, Langres, FR
September 29th, Nantes, FR
September 30th, Paris, FR
October 1st, London, UK
October 2nd, Sint Niklass, BE
October 3rd, The Hague, NL
October 4th, Den Bosch, NL
October 5th, Oberhausen, DE
October 6th, Wurzburg, DE

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