MC5 Announce First New Album in 51 Years, Share Clip of New Song

Wayne Kramer, guitarist and occasional vocalist of legendary proto-punk group MC5, has announced the group will release their first new record in 51 years. Heavy Lifting will be released in October via Ear Music. Of course, only two surviving original members remain - Kramer and drummer Dennis 'Machine Gun' Thompson, and Thompson will have a limited role on the album, only contributing percussion to two songs. The album will be produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd - The Wall and Lou Reed - Berlin) and feature contributions from Tom Morello, Kesha, Alejandro Escovedo, Jill Sobule, and Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath.
 The current line up of Kramer, singer Brad Brooks, drummer Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), bassist Vicki Randle (Mavis Staples), and guitarist Stevie Salas (David Bowie) will also embark on a short US tour beginning in May.
 In a statement, Kramer shared “We’ve just barely survived four catastrophic years of a failed presidency and a devastating pandemic. Brad and I started writing new music with the express purpose of pushing back against the cruelty of it all. Nonstop touring, especially the last decade, I’ve come to understand that the music of the MC5 is as necessary as ever. It’s definitely high time to write and record new songs and to carry a message of uncompromising hard rock to fans around the world.”  
 Check out a preview of a new song featuring Tom Morello below, and click HERE to see what kind of MC5 merchandise we have in stock.

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