New Supergroup featuring Garbage drummer and legendary American Producer Butch Vig (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins), UK DJ James Grillo and UK producer Andy Jenks, 5 Billion In Diamonds have announced the release of their self-titled debut album, out 11th August on 100% Records.
The lineup is completed by guitarist Alex Lee (Goldfrapp, Strangelove and Suede), bass player Sean Cook and drummer Damon Reece (Spiritualized, Massive Attack and Elizabeth Fraser), vocals from Helen White (Alpha), Sandra Dedrick (The Free Design), David Schelzel (The Ocean Blue) and finally The Soundtrack of Our Lives singer Ebbot Lundberg, who Butch and James roped in after blagging their way into the band’s dressing room.
Featuring Ebbott Lundberg, the psychedelic track Gravity Rules gives the first taste of the upcoming album. Obviously, Butch Vig is constantly busy with Garbage, who will be touring around North America with Blondie, but we hope for some UK dates with the new supergroup later in the year.
Made as a tribute to the music that inspired them (including Jimmie Spheeris, Ramases, Linda Perhacs, John Barry, Krautrock, The Free Design and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), the album weaves modern techniques and fresh music into an early 70’s sun-drenched soundtrack of rock, folk, and psychedelia.
Recorded in Vig’s Grunge Is Dead Studio in LA and Jenks’ Christchurch Studios in Bristol, Vig said: “James would bring in these obscure albums and play something for us, we would get jazzed by the music and try and channel that inspiration into a new song idea”.