Larkin Poe – aka Atlanta, Georgia-born sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell -have announced details of their new album ‘Venom & Faith’ which will be released November 9, 2018. The Nashville-based sister duo have also announced a headline European tour in support of the new album, starting in London at Islington Assembly Hall on November 21 and taking in dates in Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain. “It’s a celebration of American roots music as translated by two sisters who are playing the blues in a modern age,” says Rebecca about their new album.
Recorded in Nashville earlier this year in between headline shows, save for two covers (“Sometimes” by blues legend Bessie Jones and Skip James’ “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues”), the rest of the record’s tracks are Larkin Poe originals. Paired with production touches like organic percussion sounds — the thumping of dresser drawers, the slamming of back doors, and stomping on hardwood floors — the sisters once again perform all instruments on the album except on ‘Mississippi’ which enlists the slide stylings of friend and seasoned guitar legend Tyler Bryant.
The album’s title is taken from a lyric on ‘Honey Honey‘ and, according to the sisters, is intended to conjure a southern gothic image. “The title of our last album, Peach, was an homage to our Georgia roots. With this album, we wanted a title that would allude to the duality of our art: gritty guitars offset by gentle vocals; musical moments of both tragedy and joy; the sacred and the profane.” You can listen to the lead track ‘Beach Blonde Bottle Blues’ (try saying that 5 times after a Stella) below.
‘Venom & Faith’, track listing
2. Bleach Bottle Blond Blues
3. Honey Honey
4. Mississippi (Feat. Tyler Bryant)
5. California King
6. Blue Ridge Mountains
7. Fly Like An Eagle
8. Ain’t Gonna Cry
9. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
10. Good And Gone