Releases February 24th 2014
Showing great style in the older districts of melancholy and ruin…
It starts with hushed lullaby tones, gentle plucked violins, fragile guitar and the shadow of a bird in flight before exploding into thick saxophones, cavernous drums, fleeting electronics, string swells and troubled souls burning through the night to the sound falling cows in Dalston Kingsland. Will These Things See You Right opens Band of Holy Joy’s latest greatest album Easy Listening – a set that finds Johny Brown’s ragamuffin street warriors hit yet another artistic peak – a rejuvenated collective on a relentless mission. Away from the complex conceptual conceits of How to Kill a Butterfly and the raging Casio trauma of City of Tales, Easy Listening has a defiantly old –school manifesto – a beautiful collection of brilliantly sculpted, profoundly resonant, captivating, thrilling, devastating SONGS…
So we move through the destructive magic of George Best (When a Gift is a Curse) to the death of Ian Tomlinson (in a harrowing radically revised version of Met Police Tried to Hide PC’s Disciplinary Record) to lonely late night observations on London buses. Always open to the fullness of life, Band of Holy Joy are never ones to merely wallow and Easy Listening also finds the group in extremely playful mode as Open the Door to Your Heart swerves around a totally unique DIY Sci-Fi northern soul planet with some truly cyborg-bliss backing vocals. All of this culminates though in the most epic song of their entire career, the monumental and divine Train Ride to Another Place – nine minutes of reflection, redemption and a triumphant YES to life – weeping strings, plangent guitar, insectoid electronics a huge locked groove, sha la la la la’s as we all choose live to kick through another day.
There is still only one Band of Holy Joy and here they are at their finest.
In honour of the release they are playing a short string of dates around the north of England and Scotland in the same week.
Thursday 27th Feb – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 28th Feb – Edinburgh Neu Reekie
Saturday 1st Mar – Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Sunday 2nd Mar – Newcastle Cluny 2
Band of Holy Joy:
Johny Brown Lyrics and vocals
Chris Brierley Strings
James Stephen Finn Guitars, synthesizers, piano, organ, backing vocals and bass guitar on ‘Weird Beautiful Time’
Conor Harrington Bass guitar
William Lewington Drums, percussion and backing vocals
Peter Smith Saxophones, organ, percussion and backing vocals
Kacper Ziemianin Electronics
Inga Tillere Photography, design and visuals
Kate Arnold Hammer dulcimer and backing vocals
Jon Clayton Cello
Graham Dowdall Electronic percussion
Jen Macro Backing vocals
Lucy Parnell Backing vocals
Peter Robinson Trumpet
All songs written, arranged and performed by Band Of Holy Joy,
except ‘Open The Door To Your Heart’ written by D. Banks and D.Elbert.
Produced by Jon Clayton and Band Of Holy Joy.
Recorded and mixed at One Cat.
Mastered at Trace Recordings by Mark Beazley.
Logistical visions Tim Melia