In an exciting announcement for music enthusiasts, a brand new album from the late King Louie Bankston, a stalwart of the Harahan, Louisiana, garage rock scene who sadly passed away in 2022, is set to make its debut. Goner Records, the esteemed record label, has scheduled the release of “Harahan Fats” for November 10. To kick things off, they’ve unveiled the lead single, “Trinkets,” accompanied by a poignant memoriam video directed by Art Boonparn. What’s intriguing is that this track, originally recorded by the late Jay Reatard, has a fascinating backstory.
Zac Ives, co-owner of Goner Records, shed light on the song’s history: “‘Trinkets’ is a song I found when going through Jay’s home studio hard-drive after he passed in 2010. It is an amazing song, but Louie was always hung up on Harlan [T. Bobo] playing a ‘bad note’ at one point and he didn’t want to release it without fixing it. It became a running joke over the years between us, and it’s fitting that it’s finally seeing the light of day.”
“Harahan Fats” is an album that’s been in the making for quite some time. It boasts a total of 22 tracks, most of which were recorded over a span of four years, concluding in October 2021. Interestingly, Bankston initially envisioned it as a double cassette release, and to cater to audiophiles, Goner Records is offering a special “Director’s Cut” version that includes bonus tracks alongside the standard LP edition.
For those familiar with King Louie Bankston’s musical journey, he was not only known for his solo work but was also a notable member of the Exploding Hearts. Their acclaimed album “Guitar Romantic” has recently been reissued by Third Man Records, featuring original mixes by Bankston himself, providing fans with a fresh perspective on this classic.
The release of “Harahan Fats” promises to be a significant event for fans of King Louie Bankston and those who appreciate the vibrant garage rock scene. With a treasure trove of unreleased tracks and a heartwarming backstory behind “Trinkets,” this album is set to be a must-listen for music enthusiasts of all stripes. Stay tuned for November 10 when “Harahan Fats” makes its long-awaited debut, keeping the legacy of King Louie Bankston alive and rocking.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Posthumous Album
What is the title of King Louie Bankston’s upcoming album?
The title of King Louie Bankston’s upcoming album is “Harahan Fats.”
When will “Harahan Fats” be released?
“Harahan Fats” is scheduled for release on November 10.
Who directed the memoriam video for the lead single “Trinkets”?
The memoriam video for “Trinkets” was directed by Art Boonparn.
What is the story behind the lead single “Trinkets”?
“Trinkets” was originally recorded by the late Jay Reatard, and it was discovered on Jay’s home studio hard drive in 2010. King Louie Bankston, however, hesitated to release it due to a perceived “bad note” played by Harlan T. Bobo at one point in the song. This hesitation became a running joke between Louie and Zac Ives, the co-owner of Goner Records, over the years. Now, it’s finally being released.
How many songs are included in “Harahan Fats”?
“Harahan Fats” features a total of 22 songs.
Were there any special editions of “Harahan Fats” announced?
Yes, alongside the standard LP edition, Goner Records is offering a “Director’s Cut” version of “Harahan Fats,” which includes bonus tracks.
What role did King Louie Bankston play in the Exploding Hearts?
King Louie Bankston was a notable member of the Exploding Hearts, and their classic album “Guitar Romantic” has recently been reissued by Third Man Records, featuring original Bankston mixes of the songs.