The sweet and visceral Art Brut are back, bringing us their latest single “Lost Weekend” on May 16th, a week before they release their new studio album Brilliant! Tragic! on May 24rd.

Black Francis is again giving it the producer’s golden touch for this album, and the writing of Brilliant Tragic’s was said to be a lot more intense than usual. Unlike Art Brut VS Satan, this was no two-week quickie, and the new songs promise a few other surprises as well. Singer Eddie Argos explains, “We had more time in the studio… (about a week more), so Black Francis had time to teach me how to sing.” and “I’m very proud that I sing on it. Only took four albums to start singing, not bad.”

When asked how else Brilliant Tragic differs from previous works, the always enchanting Eddie Argos hints, “This time the album is more about how I think I’m psychic, songs for my funeral, the principality of Sealand and Axl Rose. Weightier topics I think. I’m also sexier now”…”

Art Brut have also joined with PledgeMusic to offer fans an exclusive download and extras with Brilliant! Tragic!. The exclusive new track “Unprofessional Wrestling” is available now as a free download here.

There are a host of freebies and special offers to be had from Art Brut’s partnership with PledgeMusic, including an opportunity for fans to have Art Brut perform at their very own party. Most importantly, anyone purchasing Brilliant Tragic! through PledgeMusic will be helping  UNICEF, Art Brut’s nominated charity.

Full details on the Art Brut bundles can be found at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/artbrut

To celebrate the new release, Art Brut will be taking up a 5-night residency at Lexington in London starting on Monday, May 30th and finishing on Friday, June 3rd.

May UK Residency

May 30th  Mon  Lexington, London
May 31st Tues Lexington, London
June 1st Wed Lexington, London
June 2nd Thur Lexington, London
June 3rd  Fri Lexington, London