Friday, January 05, 2007
Download -- Summer Hymns - "Start Swimming"
Athens, GA's Summer Hymns are hitting the road in January for a winter tour behind the recently released Backward Masks. Nearly four years in the making, Backward Masks is a beautiful collection of subtly edgy songs, the strongest Summer Hymns record to date. "They're especially adept at crafting this certain undefinable sonic feeling: one that is simultaneously bright and breezy, lunar and melancholy," Jon Meyer writes in his review for WERS. PopMatters' Jennifer Kelly similarly searches for the best words to express songwriter Zachary Gresham's "knack for making the complex seem simple, the edgy and eccentric universal." Joining Summer Hymns for the length of the tour are Folklore, another based Athens band.
Download -- Folklore - "H.W. Beaverman"
Formed by Jimmy Hughes of the band Elf Power, and with the help of many great musicians out of Athens Georgia, Folklore has created a conceptual album called The Ghost of H.W. Beaverman which takes ghost stories based in the mountains of upstate New York and dissects them into the myths and rumors from which they are based. All centered around the title character and the hoax that is his “ghost”, these songs spin a beautiful web of stories dramatically emphasized by horns, strings, and many special guest vocals including members of Gerbils, Masters of the Hemisphere, I Am The World Trade Center, and Elf Power. Live, Hughes takes on the vocal duties backed by the rest of Folklore: Aaron, Ian, Jon, Raoul, David, and Che-Na.
1/23 Lexington, KY - Mecca
1/24 Urbana, IL - The Canopy
1/25 Madison, WI - Kings Club
1/26 Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
1/27 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
1/28 Bloomington, IN - The Art Hospital
1/29 Lansing, MI - Mac's Bar
1/30 Akron, OH - The Lime Spider
1/31 Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
2/1 Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar
2/2 New York, NY - Cake Shop
2/3 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
2/4 Philadelphia, PA - The Manhattan Room
2/9 Columbia, SC - The (Art) Garage
2/10 Augusta, GA - The Soul Bar