Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet describes his new album ‘Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins’ as a “California Noir,” an album inspired partly by the mysterious death of rocker Bobby Fuller in LA in 1966. “California has always represented the Golden Dream, and it’s the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs.

Gritty and jangly, Chuck’s album features 13 original works that explore doomed love, loneliness and fast paced violence via Chuck’s muscular songwriting craft. They include songs about Fuller, the death of David Bowie, and the killing of a San Francisco security guard named Alex Nieto that drew international headlines as “Death By Gentrification.”

‘Bobby Fuller’ finds Chuck coming full circle. He cut the album to tape at Hyde Street Studio in San Francisco, which also happens to be the same studio where Prophet did his very first recording session, while still in high school. Chuck brought out his ’64 Stratocaster for the sessions, conjuring a sound that Jonathan Richman once described as “gasoline in the sand, like a motorcycle at a hot dog stand.” He’s backed by The Mission Express, a band featuring his wife Stephanie Finch (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Kevin White (bass), Vicente Rodriguez (drums, vocals) and James DePrato (guitar).

Lead single “Bad Year For Rock and Roll” is a timely homage to rock greats lost in 2016: “The Thin White Duke took a final bow / there’s one more star in the heavens now/I’m all dressed up in a mohair suit / watching Peter Sellers thinking of you.” “Jesus Was A Social Drinker” starts as a punchy mid tempo rocker with clanking cowbell before unfurling into an explosive, psychedelic coda. “Alex Nieto” is what Chuck refers to as his first protest song. It’s “an homage to a good man who should still be alive,” says Chuck.

Tour Dates

10-27-2017Oslo, NOCafe Mono
10-28-2017Malmo, SEFolk and Rock
10-29-2017Frelsdorf, DEKultur Transport
10-30-2017Brussels, BEAB Club
10-31-2017Den Haag, NLPaard
11-01-2017Tilburg, NL013 Poodium
11-02-2017Hoorn, NLHet Huis Verloren
11-03-2017Eeklo, BEN9
11-04-2017Groningen, NLTake Root Festival
11-05-2017Frankfurt, DENachtleben @ Batschkapp
11-07-2017Ferrara, ITSala Estense
11-08-2017Cantu, ITALL’1.35 Circa
11-09-2017Marseille, FRCherrydon
11-10-2017Barcelona, ESSala BeGood
11-11-2017Valencia, ES16 Toneladas
11-12-2017Bilbao, ESKafe Antzokia
11-13-2017Madrid, ESEl Sol
11-14-2017A Coruna, ESMardi Gras
11-15-2017Gijon, ESSala Acapulco
11-17-2017London, UKULU
11-18-2017Hebden Bridge, UKTrades Club
11-19-2017Edinburgh, UKBelle Angele
11-20-2017Cardiff, UKClwb Ifor Bach
11-21-2017Paris, FRLa Boule Noire
12-06-2017Houston, TXCoffeehouse Live at St. Andrew’s
12-08-2017Austin, TXContinental Club
12-09-2017Austin, TXContinental Club
12-28-2017Los Angeles, CABootleg Theater - Bar Stage
12-29-2017San Francisco, CAThe Chapel
12-30-2017Sebastopol, CAHopmonk Tavern
02-16-2018Ponte Vedra, FLPonte Vedra Music Hall
02-21-2018Tampa, FLSkipper’s Smokehouse
02-22-2018Tampa, FLWMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise
02-23-2018Tampa, FLWMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise
02-24-2018Tampa, FLWMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise
02-25-2018Tampa, FLWMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise
02-26-2018Tampa, FLWMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise