Carey Mercer and crew return with a new album ‘Pickpocket’s Locket’ (August 28th). Mercer approached this record differently, using the Martin D-18 acoustic guitar left to him by his father. “My dad left me his acoustic guitar in his will; it was all he had to give, because he wasn’t a rich man,” says Mercer. “I wrote ten songs on it, and I think that was the real gift he gave me: a love of music, not just the way you all love it (music lovers), but also a love of creating it, sowing myself, in some small way, into the story of music. I wrote about Joseph Beuys, about B. Traven, about God and Abraham and Isaac, about my dad being addicted to speed when he was 17. I needed my crew and I found them. Three women: Melanie Campbell, my life-partner and long-time drummer, returned to the band after a hiatus. And my old friend Shyla Seller, an archivist and book designer who happens to also be a really precise and powerful piano player. And Terri Upton, who plays both stand-up bass, and electric bass. I am a lucky person.” To whet our appetite Frog Eyes have just released the new single “Joe With The Jam”. A throbbing drum beat anchors a quirky Americana-style song, while an adventurous violin and Mercer’s idiosyncratic vocals provide highlights.