Thrill Jockey’s Arbouretum play Whelan’s on 24th February along with Realistic Train and we’ve a couple of tickets to give away.
Despite drawing heavily from the melodies and textures of English folk and from the sonic explorations of Crazy Horse, Arbouretum have an elemental force & an invention behind them that elevates them way above mere retro-revivalists to create a dark and beautiful desert folk rock that takes the listener on a spiritual & ecstatic journey.
Dave Heumann, a musician with something of a rustic, poetic bent who backed up musicians like Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Cass McCombs, started Arbouretum in the early 2000s. The band was comprised of Heumann’s friend Walker David Teret on guitar, ex-Lungfish member Mitchell Feldstein on drums, and Corey Allender on bass. Arbouretum’s debut, Long Live the Well-Doer, was released in 2004, and their second album, Rites of Uncovering, came out three years later. The latter was recorded in part by Paul Oldham and, according to Heumann, influenced by the works of writer Paul Bowles.
Solidifying themselves with Corey Allender on bass, Daniel Franz on drums, and Steve Strohmeier on guitar, Heumann reentered the studio with Rob Girardi again in 2008 and finished Song of the Pearl in only two months. Thrill Jockey released the record in February of 2009. The band toured the United States in support and immediately reentered the studio with producer Matt Boynton, who had recorded much of 2007′s Rites of Uncovering. Arbouretum underwent a lineup change in 2010: Guitarist Steve Strohmeier was replaced by keyboardist Matthew Pierce. Following the inspiration of archetypal psychologist Carl Jung’s The Red Book (at least the images that led to his writing it), Arbouretum released the expansive, mythology-drenched effort The Gathering in 2011 on Thrill Jockey.
Their latest record ‘Coming Out Of The Fog’ will be released on Thrill Jockey in January 2013.
Self-styled in their own lyrics as “rolling down the tracks inside your mind” Realistic Train are a brilliant, strange band riveted in the tradition of loud sound and lolling heads. Their members have crazy-good pedigree”…[Owensie plays gentle acoustic songs under his own name and was part of the tremendous Terrordactyl and Puget Sound, Tob Swift plays guitar in Wizards of Firetop Mountain and is the bassist in Mongolia and Dunch fronts Wizards of Firetop Mountain and drums for Mongolia]…There are no certificates for this kind of thing but if there were, they’d probably come graphed on drum-skins, signed with hallucinogenic ink and hot-wax-stamped with the tusk of a narwhal. Just imagine.
Arbouretum (Thrill Jockey)
8pm, Sunday 24th February
Whelan’s Of Wexford St
Tickets are priced at €13.50 which includes booking fees, and are available http://www.wavtickets.ie or the WAV Box Office at 1890 200078 / Camden Row, beside the main entrance to Whelan’s venue.
We’ve a pair of the aforementioned tickets to give away – you just need to send an email with ARBOURETUMTICKETPLEASE to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Thursday, 21st February, to be in with a chance of winning.