Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner has been making hardbitten, soulful, orchestral alt-country for decades, so it’s a little surprising when he suddenly decides to make a dance album out of nowhere. But that’s what he’s doing! Along with fellow Lambchop members Ryan Norris and Scott Martin, Wagner has formed a new disco-house trio called HeCTA, and their debut album The Diet is coming in September. HeCTA co-produced it with Jeremy Ferguson, and New York house classicist Morgan Geist and Tortoise sonic mastermind John McEnroe both helped to mix it. The first single is the jacked-up, full-bodied banger “Till Someone Gets Hurt.” It’s roughly five thousand times better than you’d expect an alt-country band’s dance single to be, and you can hear it and read a statement from Warner about the project below.
As HeCTA, we take our approach seriously and are respectfully aware of the great electronic music created throughout its history continuing into the present—so much so that when it came time to mix these recordings, we reached out to some of the central figures of the genre. Such greats as Morgan Geist, John McEntire, and Q all had a hand in shaping the refined sound we present to you. With invaluable creativity and engineering by Jeremy Ferguson at Battle Tapes in Nashville, we together created what we consider to be a collection of songs that move and move through you, from the dashboard to the dance floor, from Decatur to Dornburg, from Dorchester to Detroit.
Suck it up, hippies. This music is our attempt to extend the boundaries of our expression and have some fun. It’s not Americana, house, techno, trap, juke, or blaze. Why would it be? And like any good diet, it will be reviled then ultimately loved by all who give it a chance to work its way into their lives.
We love you for trying, and we’re trying to love you back.
The Diet is out 9/18 on Merge.