New Jethro Tull: Watch an Animated Video for the Title Track from ‘The Zealot Gene,’ Coming 1/28

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Led as always by Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull is readying a new album, The Zealot Gene.

The record will be released on January 28 via InsideOutMusic/Sony Music, the first release from the legendary English band on its new label home.

A new music video for the title track was debuted on Wednesday, pairing some stirring animations with Anderson’s unmistakable vocals (and, of course, flute work) guiding the adventurous track around its course:

Said Anderson of the song:

“The title track offers many allusions to the radical, politically-charged world of populism in leadership. As a song lyric, it sums up, for me, the divisive nature of societal relationships and the extreme views which fuel the fires of hate and prejudice, more so today perhaps, than at any time in history. Perhaps you think you know who I might have been thinking about here but, in reality, there are probably right now at least five prominent, dictatorial national figures who could fit the bill.”.

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When released, The Zealot Gene will be the first album of new material from Jethro Tull since 2003.

Here’s the video for “Sad City Sisters,” another pre-release single:

And “Shoshana Sleeping”:

As for the current lineup of Jethro Tull, which has undergone significant changes over the years and currently features only Anderson as far as the “classic” lineup of the band is concerned:

Ian Anderson – Flute, acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals
Joe Parrish-James – Guitar
Florian Opahle – Guitar (album only)
Scott Hammond – Drums.
John O’Hara – Piano, keyboards and accordion
David Goodier – Bass guitar

Some additional context regarding the new Jethro Tull album:

A record that began to take shape as early as 2017, ‘The Zealot Gene’, in many ways, seeks to defy convention during a time when the business of being a touring and recording artist has never faced more uncertainties. Tull bandleader Ian Anderson holds no reservations about the role for which the mythos and themes of Biblical storytelling played in the lyrical content of the new album, saying:

“While I have a spot of genuine fondness for the pomp and fairytale story-telling of the Holy Book, I still feel the need to question and draw sometimes unholy parallels from the text. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly rear their heads throughout, but are punctuated with elements of love, respect, and tenderness.”

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