Archive for EP08 – Band of Holy Joy
Cool review of Wyrd Beautiful Thyme up at the nicely-monikered Death> Donuts although this bit “where i get to hear new releases ahead of time, provided i also write some words about them. fair deal.” is not actually true – you write about EPR releases if you want to, not just cos you get an advance shot. Just to clarify
Has been given an incredible makeover by Inga Tillere – still at the same address here.
VINYL! it sounds great, looks great and never turns up when it’s meant to!
EP08 Band of Holy Joy – Wyrd Beautiful Thyme
Limited edition 7” Vinyl & download – May 14th 2012
“Stand and watch lives disappear / Are these the days to be austere?”
Spring brings rebirth and with it the possibility of hope… May Day sees the emergence of Band of Holy Joy’s first new songs since their How to Kill a Butterfly album was released to universal acclaim at the close of 2011 (including album of the year at Beat Surrender)! And whilst that album moved through some dark places, Wyrd Beautiful Thyme finds love and life in chaos embracing the pockets of joy that can still be found even as the world spirals into hell. This beautifully illustrated 7” (their first since 1992) finds Johny and the band in ebullient mind and body – the title track is energised and gleeful with loose percussion, fuzzy synth, woody wah wah and enchanting backing vocals whilst the flip, A Clean White Shirt, is reflective and triumphant as they emerge sweetly out of “a terminally bad existence” and away from the mire. Wyrd Beautiful Thyme sees Band of Holy Joy continue to burn a path brighter than at any other time since they first formed.
How to Kill a Butterfly is still very much in rotation having received a full retail release on April 2nd (via Cargo) and the band are playing live on Saturday April 28th at 229 Venue in London as a pre-release party for the single.
Band Of Holy Joy
Andy Astle played guitars
Christopher Brierley played violin
Johny Brown sang vocals
William J. Lewington played drums
James Stephen Finn played bass and synths
Inga Tillere created visuals
Jen and Lucy from the band Something Beginning With L did backing vocals
Jon Clayton played cello
Peter Rollinson played trumpet