Manic Productions Presents
The Handsome Family
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
This event is 21 and over
The Handsome Family
Enter the dark forest of The Handsome Family and let the beautiful branches surround you. This is haunting music in the most wonderful way— brilliant, emotionally-charged and totally unique. The Handsome Family is a 20-year songwriting collaboration between husband and wife, Brett (music) and Rennie Sparks (words). May 2013 brings the release of The Handsome Family's "Wilderness." Their lyrics and music are very intense, highly descriptive and full of meticulously-researched narrative and exhilarating musical re-imaginings of everything from Appalachian holler, psychedelic rock, Tin Pan Alley and medieval ballad. Of course you don't have to be a music historian to love these songs. They are full of romantic longing for nature's mysterious beauty and the tiny wonders of everyday life. They pair sweet melody with sad harmony, love poetry with dark beats. This is music that makes you shiver and cry, but also makes you happy to be alive.
The Handsome Family's music and lyricism has always attracted intellectual and devoted fans. Their songs are frequently covered by many notable artists including Jeff Tweedy, Andrew Bird, Kelly Hogan and Christy Moore. Their work has garnered praise from Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and an unnamed singer on American Idol.
The band has appeared in the movie I'm Your Man, a tribute to Leonard Cohen and Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, a back roads travelogue of arcane Americana music. They have appeared on numerous Irish TV shows as well as Jools' Hollands' Later.
A live review by Mike Ritchie in The Scotsman noted, "There's a lot of smiling at this gig, on and off stage. That might surprise many people who have only read about the duo's penchant for songs riddled with darkness, death and the macabre. But Rennie Sparks and her husband, Brett, are funny live…through their chit-chat, the song introductions and the banter with the audience…this sell-out show was a knockabout celebration of the deadpan, a real joy… Rennie's words plus Brett's music and strong, mellow vocals create a magical potion of grim fairytales in a rock and blues pot with grinning unavoidable."
Laundry Day are stoned up, fuzzed out, fun loving, grey scale, rock and roll from New Haven CT. Laundry Day released their self titled EP in April 2014 and have been touring the north east regularly along with dates across the east coast. Laundry Day is Alex Burnet, Alexa Ambrose, Sam Carlson and Kuki Kooks.
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