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Two years in the making, Lawrence Rothman’s hotly anticipated full-length debut, “The Book Of Law,” arrives Oct. 13 via Downtown/Interscope Records. It highlights Rothman’s many alter egos as well as an eclectic collection of special guests. Produced by Justin Raisen (whose credits include Sky Ferreira, Angel Olsen, Charli XCX, Health, and Kim Gordon) along with producer YVES and Rothman himself, the album includes contributions from Marissa Nadler, Angel Olsen, Kristin Kontrol, How To Dress Well, Carla Azar (Autolux), Pino Palladino (D’Angelo, NIN, The Who), Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), and Dennis Hamm (Thundercat). Interestingly enough, he had never met Hamm, Paladino, McKagan, Azar or Mozgawa prior to recording. They were all brought in by Raisen after some late-night sessions dreaming up who could be right for the parts.
“Ain’t Afraid Of Dying” features Marissa Nadler with Carla Azar on drums. Rothman wrote the emotional song the day after finding out a best friend was dying of a rare disease. During their final conversation, Rothman’s friend said, “I might be off on my timing, but I ain’t afraid of dying.”
Moving through the album, we’ll get to meet all nine of Rothman’s different emotional and physical alters through video and performance. The first video he released from the album, “Wolves Still Cry,” stars all nine, but “Ain’t Afraid Of Dying” focuses on red-headed party boy Hooky. All these manifestations embody the album’s central theme, striving to understand the many facets of one’s self, with Rothman pushing the songs to a deeper dimension through physicality.
||| Watch: “Ain’t Afraid Of Dying”
||| Also: Watch “Wolves Still Cry” with backing vocals from How To Dress Well