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The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock - The Brutal Here & Now

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock - The Brutal Here & Now

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TDR-012
Release date: 13 April 2012

The follow-up to 2008's self-titled debut, the new Spook album expands on the band’s fusion of Irish folk and experimental rock, absorbing the influence of traditional Indian and Italian music with a significantly broader palette of sounds, aided by guest musicians Adrian Harte (violin) and Kim Porcelli (cello).

With songs written in English, Irish and Italian, The Brutal Here and Now finds lyricist Allen Blighe exploring the malleability of memory and history. From the frenzy of the opening track “The Tarantella” through to the captivating title track and the rousing closer “The Rattling Hell”, The Brutal Here and Now captures The Spook at the height of their powers.

“There are melodic echoes of Planxty or the Dubliners here, but matched against a blitz of guitar rock and feedback and a delight in the unexpected…one of the Irish albums of the year” ****The Guardian

“The Brutal Here and Now is utterly spell-binding…potential Irish album of the year”Hot Press

“The most inventive, audacious and barnstorming Irish album of 2012…brazen, blazing and brilliant”The Irish Times

“One of the more intriguing bands delving into the spiritual backwaters of alternative folk.” ****Mojo

“Ireland’s own Flaming Horslips…sets you jigging, sends you reeling” 7/10Uncut

“A spirited attempt at reimagining old music for a new age” Q

“Powerful and defiantly unique”Entertainment.ie

“Ireland’s finest example of a modern trad band”Nialler 9

“This richly rewarding album suggests the spiritual heirs to Planxty and Horslips may have finally been found” Sunday Business Post

Track Listing:
1. The Tarantella
2. Suffer and Wait
3. Heave the Bellows
4. Sweeney's Frenzy
5. Black Diaries
6. Bóthar Crua Iarthar
7. Ríleanna na Hifrinn
8. Mearchuimhneas
9. The Brutal Here and Now (Part 1)
10. The Brutal Here and Now (Part 2)
11. Shudder in the West
12. The Rattling Hell