Saturday May 25th
The Workman’s Club
With very special guests His Clancyness
Widowspeak is an American band comprised of Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas, known for its dreamy, western-tinged take on rock and roll. The outfit formed in 2010 and released two singles in 2011 (Harsh Realm, Gun Shy) followed by a debut album (self-titled) in the summer of that year, all on Brooklyn label Captured Tracks. Widowspeak was praised for its reverential spaciousness, Hamilton’s haunting voice, and Thomas’s spindly, Morricone-esque guitar lines; both drawing on 1950′s pop ballads and 1970′s psych, creating languid call-and-response melodies. The band then toured extensively, wearing in their warm, nostalgic sound.
Widowspeak began to write what would become their second record, Almanac, at the start of 2012, as popular fears of the apocalypse became imminently close to realization. Though not totally convinced of catastrophic disaster coinciding with the year’s conclusion, Hamilton nevertheless began writing lyrics seeped in doomsday imagery, darkness and dread, inspired by the idea of such a universal experience of the end. The album was recorded by Kevin McMahon (Swans, Real Estate) in a hundred year old barn in the Hudson River Valley of New York State during the transition from summer to fall. Producing with McMahon, Thomas expanded on the band’s demos, crafting layers of guitar, Rhodes piano, organ and harmonium. Almanac was released by Captured Tracks in January 2013.
How many times have you wanted to go to see a band but you can’t rustle up any interest from your circle of friends? “Never heard of them”, “I’m broke”, “Working in the morning”….you’ve heard all the excuses, so you end up missing out.
Gigonometry, an online group of music fans, aims to end the isolation of the dedicated gig goer forever!
Joining is easy, and instantly puts you in touch with hundreds of others in your area. Next time you want to go to a gig, just send your idea to the group, and before you can say “does anyone….?” you’ll have ample company for the night!
And that’s not all; the group runs a monthly gig in The Workmans Club, meets up to share music ideas, discuss bands, gigs and festivals, even to write reviews on their favourite gigs, albums, bands.....