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The Handsome Family + Drunken Prayer

Tuesday 20th March 2018
Show: 7:30 PM Doors: 7:30 PM

Please Note: 14+ Doors at 7.30pm

The Waterfront | 139-141 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QH, United Kingdom

The Waterfront Presents

THE HANDSOME FAMILY

+ Drunken Prayer

The Waterfront

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Doors 7.30pm

14s+

£17.50 Advance

 

 Husband and wife duo The Handsome Family released their 10th studio album ‘Unseen’ on September 16th 2016 via Virtual Label, their first release since their unexpected worldwide fame when their song “Far From Any Road” was picked as the True Detective Season 1 theme song. With its unique mix of country instrumentation and intriguing surrealist lyricism, the album explores the unseen stories, people, and places of the American West, where members Brett and Rennie Sparks live (Albuquerque, NM) and shines a light on the obscure and forgotten.

 
‘Unseen’ continues The Handsome Family’s embrace of things beyond easy view: the slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awakening in thorny yards, sirens, and coyotes that cry out to the purple sky. An epic western gothic masterpiece, ‘Unseen’ draws from real life events. “Gold” first began when a bunch of twenty-dollar bills blew in Brett’s face in a parking lot dust storm and “Gentlemen” is a tribute to William Crookes who built the first vacuum tube in 1875, hoping to detect spirits from alternate dimensions. Many tracks fix around the idea that light emanates from things we can’t see, including behind “The Red Door,” in the empty hands of blackjack losers (“The Silver Light), and amidst desert bones bleaching in the sun (“King of Dust”).
 
The album was recorded in the Sparks’ home studio at night “with only hawk moths listening” and features a rich tapestry of instrumentation which conjures images of the magical landscape of the Sparks’ New Mexico surroundings. Guest performers on the record include David Gutierrez (mandolin, dobro), Alex McMahon (guitar, baritone guitar, pedal steel), and Jason Toth (drums).
 
The Sparks have released 10 albums since 1995’s Odessa. Their songs have been covered by artists including Jeff Tweedy, Amanda Palmer, and Andrew Bird (who released an entire record of Handsome Family covers). Guns ’N Roses used “Far From Any Road” as stage entrance music for a South American tour and both Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr are fans.
 

DRUNKEN PRAYER

Drunken Prayer is Morgan Geer’s longest running project to date. Under this alias he has released 4 LPs, a handful of singles, a live EP, and toured the world. On Drunken Prayer’s last effort, The Devil and The Blues (Fluff and Gravy Records), Geer leads another journey through America’s weird musical heritage. This record is rowdier than previous efforts due in large part to the rhythm section of Lance Wille and David Wayne Gay (Reigning Sound, Freakwater).  Adding to the drag-strip atmosphere, Dallas Good of The Sadies makes a cameo on the opening track appropriately named, “Hell Raiser“. The lyrics are as sweet as they are damning, offering a window into the mind of Morgan Geer. The view that it affords is at once unsettling and familiar.
Morgan is also the current guitar player for iconic alt-country goths, Freakwater.

 

 

The Handsome Family + Drunken Prayer, Tuesday 20th March 2018

The Waterfront Presents

THE HANDSOME FAMILY

+ Drunken Prayer

The Waterfront

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Doors 7.30pm

14s+

£17.50 Advance

 

 Husband and wife duo The Handsome Family released their 10th studio album ‘Unseen’ on September 16th 2016 via Virtual Label, their first release since their unexpected worldwide fame when their song “Far From Any Road” was picked as the True Detective Season 1 theme song. With its unique mix of country instrumentation and intriguing surrealist lyricism, the album explores the unseen stories, people, and places of the American West, where members Brett and Rennie Sparks live (Albuquerque, NM) and shines a light on the obscure and forgotten.

 
‘Unseen’ continues The Handsome Family’s embrace of things beyond easy view: the slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awakening in thorny yards, sirens, and coyotes that cry out to the purple sky. An epic western gothic masterpiece, ‘Unseen’ draws from real life events. “Gold” first began when a bunch of twenty-dollar bills blew in Brett’s face in a parking lot dust storm and “Gentlemen” is a tribute to William Crookes who built the first vacuum tube in 1875, hoping to detect spirits from alternate dimensions. Many tracks fix around the idea that light emanates from things we can’t see, including behind “The Red Door,” in the empty hands of blackjack losers (“The Silver Light), and amidst desert bones bleaching in the sun (“King of Dust”).
 
The album was recorded in the Sparks’ home studio at night “with only hawk moths listening” and features a rich tapestry of instrumentation which conjures images of the magical landscape of the Sparks’ New Mexico surroundings. Guest performers on the record include David Gutierrez (mandolin, dobro), Alex McMahon (guitar, baritone guitar, pedal steel), and Jason Toth (drums).
 
The Sparks have released 10 albums since 1995’s Odessa. Their songs have been covered by artists including Jeff Tweedy, Amanda Palmer, and Andrew Bird (who released an entire record of Handsome Family covers). Guns ’N Roses used “Far From Any Road” as stage entrance music for a South American tour and both Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr are fans.
 

DRUNKEN PRAYER

Drunken Prayer is Morgan Geer’s longest running project to date. Under this alias he has released 4 LPs, a handful of singles, a live EP, and toured the world. On Drunken Prayer’s last effort, The Devil and The Blues (Fluff and Gravy Records), Geer leads another journey through America’s weird musical heritage. This record is rowdier than previous efforts due in large part to the rhythm section of Lance Wille and David Wayne Gay (Reigning Sound, Freakwater).  Adding to the drag-strip atmosphere, Dallas Good of The Sadies makes a cameo on the opening track appropriately named, “Hell Raiser“. The lyrics are as sweet as they are damning, offering a window into the mind of Morgan Geer. The view that it affords is at once unsettling and familiar.
Morgan is also the current guitar player for iconic alt-country goths, Freakwater.

 

 

The Waterfront | 139-141 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QH, United Kingdom

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