2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America
'2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America' sees Violent Femmes reinventing their own extraordinary canon with 24 all-new live performances, including rearranged classics, songs played live for the first time, spontaneous requests, and random improvisations.
Produced by Jeff Hamilton – a longtime member of the Horns of Dilemma, the album was recorded last year as Violent Femmes visited radio stations and digital music outlets across the country in support of their acclaimed ninth studio album, 'We Can Do Anything.'
Always eager to push their sound forward, the Milwaukee-based combo brought with them a pair of Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina microphones, specialized bluegrass mics that allowed Gordon Gano (voice and guitar/banjo/fiddle) and Brian Ritchie (acoustic bass guitar and vocal) to play and record in close proximity.
Backing musicians – including baritone saxophonist Blaise Garza and special guests like banjo master Tony Trischka and legendary Television drummer Billy Ficca – were tracked through sound bleed in the tradition of the early jazz, blues, country, rembetika, rockabilly, and folk records which informed the Violent Femmes aesthetic from the jump. Percussionist John Sparrow's innovative use of a Weber Grill as a rhythm instrument enabled Violent Femmes to stand close together around the two mics and play in perfect balance, the metallic tones meshing with Ritchie's acoustic bass and Gano's strummed guitar.
"This is the first time we've delivered a full scale recording to the public which captures the sound and spirit of the band the way we play together when we're working out songs in the hotel or dressing room," says Brian Ritchie. "This project refocuses attention upon the repertoire as a whole by stripping songs to their essentials, conveying them without artifice, and removing them from any timeline. It's the closest we've gotten to the essence of Violent Femmes."
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Label||Add It Up Productions|
|Music Genre||Alternative Rock|
|Music Genre Primary||Alternative|
- 1. Blister In The Sun - WXRV
- 2. I'm Nothing - PASTE
- 3. It's Gonna Rain - PASTE
- 4. Breaking Up - WFUV
- 5. Good For/At Nothing - WFUV
- 6. American Music - KINK
- 7. Gone Daddy Gone/I Just Want To Make Love To You - WXPN
- 8. I Could Be Anything - WFUV
- 9. Rejoice And Be Happy - KCMP
- 10. Add It Up - WFUV
- 11. You Move Me - WXPN
- 12. Issues - KCMP
- 13. Run With It - WFUV
- 14. Ugly - WXRV
- 15. Kiss Off - WXRV
- 16. Jesus Walking On The Water - WFUV
- 17. Prove My Love - WFUV
- 18. Country Death Song - WFUV
- 19. What You Really Mean - WXPN
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