The new Grandpa's Ghost 2LP "The Carnage Queen" is now available to preorder in the shop on orange or black vinyl. The vinyl comes with a download coupon featuring a bonus digital album "Country of Piss".
Founding members Ben Hanna and Bill Emerson are joined by longtime drummer Jack Petracek and guest guitarist Tim Garrigan (late of stress-metal pioneers Dazzling Killmen), leveraging a sound that approximates a sideways take on Neil Young & Crazy Horse by way of Silkworm, or Wilco meets Shellac, maybe Mark Kozelek via Lungfish. They drive it hard; even the acoustic tracks feel like more fingernail lifters than fingerpickers. No bass player means no tether, so these guys get pretty far out there on the longer tracks...everyone looking for a new record with some teeth embedded in it and some clawmarks on the outside, line up here...Recommended
Check out "Our Reflections" from the new album:
Glimmermen release a new video and download from their Breakin' Out album today. Titled "All I Lack", the song delves through a history of self-doubt, change and ultimately fighting back; check out the intense video by Trevor Murphy which captures the raw energy of the band and fuses an inventive use of colour, motion and light.
The song is available to download free from Bandcamp here:
The band hit the road for more dates in support of the album at:
Mar 1 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Mar 10 – Thomond Sessions, Limerick
Mar 18 – Whelan's, Dublin
Spook frontman Allen appeared on Dublin City FM's "Songs to Learn and Sing" programme this week, listen back here:
Grandpa's Ghost will release their new double LP "The Carnage Queen" on May 19th on Transduction Records.
The 2xLP set was mastered by Bob Weston and contains a digital download of the whole album plus a bonus album, "Country of Piss" from the same sessions. Initial copies of the vinyl are pressed on translucent orange vinyl and will be available to pre-order in April. The album will also be available on Apple Music and Spotify. Track-listing below.
1. Learning How to Love You
2. Carnage Queen
3. Nellie Loves Me
4. Dandelions in My Mind
5. A Little Bit of Abuse
6. I Am a Specimen
7. Come Here, Come Here
8. Another Redemption Song
9. City of Piss (A Prelude)
10. Underground with the Dogs
11. The Snow
12. Ballad of Mary-Christ (or The Suicide Chick & St. Mary's Bullshit)
13. Our Reflections
14. The Most Beautiful Bird in the World (Specimen Reprieve)
15. Over My Head
16. Blues for Sparklehorse
17. Confusion of Tongues
The amazing Grandpa's Ghost from Pocahontas, Illinois will release their new double LP "The Carnage Queen" on Transduction Records early in 2017.
The band was originally known for its cow-punk, country/psych sound but over the course of 20+ years, has moved into more experimental terrain, collaborating with other musicians, filmmakers, writers, painters and performance artists.
On their forthcoming album the band is joined by special guest Tim Garrigan (Dazzling Killmen, You Fantastic!) - the album sees the Ghost returning to the roots of song-based psychedelia: blues, rock, country, free-jazz and folk - another stop on their singular journey as one of the braver, original voices of the American underground.
Check out two songs from "The Carnage Queen":
More details on the album release coming soon.
The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock launch the 12” of their 1916 piece “The Bullet in the Brick” with a special performance in Whelan's on Thursday, December 1st. This will be a performance with electric guitar orchestra, featuring 18 musicians, taking the band’s alt rock, trad and folk influences in a new and unexpected direction.
Recorded ahead of ‘Lockout’, the band’s multi-movement work set for release in early 2017, "The Bullet in the Brick" explores various aspects of the Easter Rising such as the bombing of Dublin by the British gunship "The Helga", the murder of activist Francis Sheehy Skeffington and its attempted cover-up, and finally the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
The 12" is available to pre-order now and will be released on November 25th.
Featuring the same electric guitar orchestra used in “Lockout”, the band’s multi-movement work set for release in early 2017, “The Bullet in the Brick” explores various aspects of the Easter Rising such as the bombing of Dublin by the British gunship “The Helga”, the murder of activist Francis Sheehy Skeffington and its attempted cover-up, and finally the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
The A-side of the 12” includes the full “Bullet in the Brick” suite while the B-side features a live recording of the first movement from "Lockout". A limited edition green vinyl edition is also available.
Following their successful appearance at the Clonakilty Guitar Festival earlier this month, the band will mark the release of the 12” with a performance in Dublin, details to be announced soon.
Side A: The Bullet in The Brick
A Destroyer on the Liffey / The Bullet in the Brick / A Proclamation
Side B: Lockout - Movement I
A Debt That Must Be Paid / A Fair Wage For A Fair Day’s Work / William Martin Murphy’s Midnight Mass