Songs for the apocalypse: The Handsome Family “So Much Wine”

The Handsomes are one of those bands that feel so synonymous with what the americana genre means to me I feel they should be on the front of textbooks, with that rich combination of melody, atmosphere and poetry they do so well. One of my favourite gig memories ever was them singing ‘So Much Wine’ … Continue reading “Songs for the apocalypse: The Handsome Family “So Much Wine””

The Handsome Family, Nell’s Jazz and Blues, London, 22nd October 2018

The last time the Handsome Family visited these shores they played the Grade II listed Hackney Round Chapel, an appropriate venue for their 20 year celebration of the ‘Through The Trees’ album. Tonight’s end-of-tour performance is in the more intimate surrounds of Nell’s Jazz and Blues club and there are no restrictions placed on what … Continue reading “The Handsome Family, Nell’s Jazz and Blues, London, 22nd October 2018”

The Handsome Family, Hackney Round Chapel, 15th March 2018

“For us to have Loose Records here tonight and for us to still be married…” is Rennie Sparks’s wryly improbable reflection towards the beginning of this evening’s performance in Hackney – a nice acknowledgement of the record label who have long supported them but also a sly nod to the unlikelihood of a musical and … Continue reading “The Handsome Family, Hackney Round Chapel, 15th March 2018”

Van Life: Rennie Sparks (The Handsome Family)

Got to be honest, there probably isn’t a square mile of the US or Europe that Brett and Rennie, The Handsome Family, haven’t covered at some point. The husband and wife duo must have one hell of a relationship to endure that many miles on the road together without serious risk of divorce or mental instability. … Continue reading “Van Life: Rennie Sparks (The Handsome Family)”

The Handsome Family, Folkestone Quarterhouse: 4th March 2017

Tonight The Handsome Family arrive in town to play to a near capacity crowd at Folkestone’s Quarterhouse. Most it seems, are committed fans of the band although some like me have come along because the venue is on their doorstep and they have been lured by the penning of the darkly enthralling Far from any … Continue reading “The Handsome Family, Folkestone Quarterhouse: 4th March 2017”

The Handsome Family, The Union Chapel, London, 2nd March 2017

Brett and Rennie Sparks brought a four-piece Handsome Family to The Union Chapel for one of those rare evenings that truly deserve the accolade “magical”. Demonstrating the ability for even a little television exposure to change the size of an audience The Handsome Family have stepped up to a considerably larger venue than on previous … Continue reading “The Handsome Family, The Union Chapel, London, 2nd March 2017”

The Handsome Family arrive in UK next week – here’s the tour dates

The Handsomes (they of the “True Detective” theme if you don’t already know them from their days of touring with pictures of dressed up cats) return to UK shores next week for one of their regular jaunts around the country, this time promoting their latest album “Unseen” which Mojo described as their “masterpiece”.  They’re supported … Continue reading “The Handsome Family arrive in UK next week – here’s the tour dates”

The Handsome Family “Unseen” (Loose Records, 2016)

Unseen is a good word to describe the Handsome Family – they are ludicrously underappreciated and often their songs deal with the internal world or take place in the darkness that from time to time envelopes us all, there or in the natural world, away from our eyes. We’re lucky that they continue to pursue … Continue reading “The Handsome Family “Unseen” (Loose Records, 2016)”