JR Green are two brothers from Strontian, a remote Scottish village a few miles from the most westerly point on mainland Britain, who describe themselves as “bringing a more youthful, virile edge to folk and traditional music.” If there’s one thing there’s not enough of in folk, its virility. New single Tiger Lilly is taken from their soon to be released Flora EP, and “attempts an honest representation of what it is to be made a loser by longing and obsession, what it is to be weak and bloodthirsty, and all else better left in darkness.” Which sounds absolutely terrifying.
It’s the apocalypse, how did it happen? Well this portmanteau from the ever reliable Burning Hell approaches it (the end of the world as we know it) from multiple angles drawing out the humour, the tiny individual tragedies and the sheer banality of the world ending without announcement, life just stopping. TBH have never stood still and on this eighth full length they’re down to a trio but the musical boundaries continue to expand, from the storytelling of Nurse & Patient to the clarinet and bouzouki led Race to Revival Beach. There are reminders of their agit-folk roots with Friend Army, which somehow makes me think of Orange Juice. Continue reading “The Burning Hell “Revival Beach” (BB*ISLAND, 2017)”
Everyone’s favourite spooky / weird / incredibly engaging / thoughtful lyrical producing / musical genius Americana band the Handsome Family have announced a series of UK dates for 2018. This will see them playing a set of larger venues, in keeping with their new stature following the 2015 use of their song Far From Any Road as the theme tune to Season 1 of HBO’s hit TV drama series True Detective, which had the effect of introducing them to a whole new audience and a whole load of new fans. Continue reading “Handsome Family announce 2018 tour”
From their new album I Like Fun, out on January 19th, comes this excellent slice of rocky power-pop laced with their trademark humour.