Take a late-night stroll through downtown New Orleans and you'll hear a thousand flavours of music spill from the clubs. Spin the new album by the Crescent City's new favourite sons, meanwhile, and you'll hear a band who embody that eclectic spirit.
Released in 2016 on Ruf Records, 'Demolition Day' is the band's fourth full-length studio release and marks a milestone in their career. The album title cuts deep. It's just over a decade since Hurricane Katrina tore along the Gulf Coast, plunging New Orleans into devastation, but throwing together four Big Easy evacuees who found themselves marooned in San Francisco.
Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar/mandolin/vocals), Chris Mulé (electric guitar/vocals), Sam Price (bass/vocals) and Garland Paul (drums/vocals) were already on nodding terms from their hometown circuit, but when the four men joined forces for a weekly residency at San Francisco's Boom Boom Room, the chemistry was undeniable. By 2009, the lineup had released award-winning debut Wishing Well, enlisted Hammond B3-wizard Trevor Brooks and placed one foot onto the podium of New Orleans greats.
Ten years and a thousand gigs down the line, that same battle-hardened lineup took just four days to track Demolition Day at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans with famed producer Luther Dickinson (also leader of the North Mississippi Allstars and ex-Black Crowes guitarist).
"We had a very tight window to record," Wilkinson recalls, "so we had to minimalise in places and really pack a lot of emotion into each take. Luther calls it 'the freedom of limitation' and it really served us well on this album."
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Artist||HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND|
|Music Genre Primary||Blues & Roots|
- 1. How Do You Feel
- 2. Head High Water Blues
- 3. No Easy Way
- 4. Medicated
- 5. Watch And Chain
- 6. Katie
- 7. Ain't No Fun
- 8. She Goes Crazy
- 9. Through Another Day
- 10. Say It Isn't True
- 11. Devil's Den