The New Gospel For the Wayward+The Co. Playing Cards (VINYL ALBUM+Playing Cards) (2012, Miscellaneous labels)
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Belligerent: This is an example of how progress and the development of an idea can lead to a more primal outcome. This side of the record was recorded last. The band has become distinctly more masculine in tone. Gone are the female backing vocals and the melancholic voice of the violin. This recording is now paired down to five men and their instruments. The songs, which have been chosen to record, were written as a series. All with the exception of Lay With Me, which was written earlier and served as the lyrical catalyst to this concept. The central character fights for a balance between narcissism and self worth and establishing a clear line between pleasure and self-destruction. There is a distinctly moody tone to this work and a clear connection to the music of another very trying time period in the last century. During the era of the “Great Depression” America was besieged by gangsters and those who would take advantage of people who were at a vulnerable place in their lives. The belligerent side is a clear homage to the swing era and it’s predecessors. With out mimicry, it draws on that jubilant energy and widens the genre by suggesting elements of a darker nature. It’s like Count Basie and Bessie Smith in a knife fight.
Soap Box: SOAP BOX like the Sunday soapbox orators of Hyde Park London, who have assembled at Speaker's Corner since 1872 to discuss, Religion, politics, and other topics so to this record express’s theirs concerns and is aFlamboyant release of their frustrations…” From this record is born a new style of music; primitive and grounded, folk-tales connect seemingly disparate genres into a single curbstone philosophy, “SOAPBOX MUSIC”. Converging African polyrhythm’s with punk-rock dissonance and combining swing, rock-steady and rhythm & blues.