“Death Ray” is an instant clank’n’roll classic taken from the insidiously subversive new record, SPENCER GETS IT LIT! (In The Red Records), which is set to be released this Friday. “I like it when you shoot!” cries Spencer in this wicked, psychedelic romp that will take over your television set and bend your brain! Hidden trauma, repressed desire, and double identities all do battle in this theater of the mind! Spencer throws himself into the burning pit between good and evil, but beware: things are not always what they seem, not when true love is at stake! Total submission is the order of the day — a burning desire to sacrifice one’s self to a perfect ideal!
SPENCER GETS IT LIT is classic Jon Spencer taken to the extremis – electro-boogie, constructivist art pop, a psychedelic swamp of industrial sleaze and futurist elegance. It is an epic master work of freak beat from the world’s weirdest garage. Across brain-boggling layers of fury, fuzz guitar, and a crash-bang battery of phaser blasts, photon torpedoes, and otherworldly zounds, he frantically spits, croons, rhapsodizes, and seduces. Spencer Gets It Lit is his most complex and groovy record in years, a dark, danceable odyssey – both a studied take-down of the early 21st century, and a celebration of the place where electricity meets the mind.