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New Bums @ Chop Suey [Seattle]
April 10, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 12:00 am$10
[via press release]
New Bums is the grudging match-up of Donovan Quinn (Skygreen Leopards) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire, 200 Years, Rangda and who’s hiring?). They didn’t like each other at first, but now make sweet and sour music together over the light of the magical Sterno (if there’s anything left in the can, that is!). The ideas go back and forth between Ben and Donovan in what seems to be a true partnership. Their songs are all that: songs, with lyrics set in a space to speak to the human buried in you. People’s music, with all the stark confessions, tall tales, bleak humors and punch lines that the people can bear. Behind the acoustics and voices is lots of space, but there are a few extra instruments that come and go and tinge the scrim as the boys move from stately processional to streetcorner sing-around to bluesy weeper to low-rolling rock n roll and back again, with slide-guitar lines erupting in the dark night air and classical-tinged filigrees curling around the tarnished and rusting edges throughout. All this tear-eyed blear is presented with sharp-cornered clarity; beware, lest the jelly-smeared images cause you to reach out your hand. You might get cut, son.
New Bums is a serious group: two fellows who’ve been out and about and seen what the world can do, and they want to sing to you. There’s tour dates and videos in the pipeline to help carry Voices In a Rented Room forward — but honestly, this is guitars music! It shouldn’t take much to draw interested weirdos in. They want to hear about how bad they can be — and New Bums have all the dirt. On Voices In a Rented Room, the dirt’s so sweet, it tastes ike candy! Let us take you there —