Twinemen\\\\\\\'s new album on the HI-N-DRY label is called Sideshow. That\\\\\\\'s because they\\\\\\\'re a bunch of freaks. The proof\\\\\\\'s in their concerts, where Dana Colley breathes like a man with cast-iron lungs, playing two saxophones at once and making his bass clarinet bray like one of Jimi\\\\\\\'s Stratocasters. Then there\\\\\\\'s Billy Conway, a rhythmic witch doctor who induces his drums to speak a kind of propulsive voodoo that takes their songs to places where spirits roam. And Laurie Sargent, the guitarist and siren, whose vocal range and on-stage command make the band\\\\\\\'s stories of life, love and obsession in the era of Homeland Security mesmerizing.
Like a good family of carnys, they stick together and pitch in wherever they\\\\\\\'re needed. On Sideshow everybody writes lyrics and sings. They tackle a pile of additional instruments, tweaking sounds out of everything from ashtrays to plates to quarters and more conventional gear like organs, kalimbas and harmonicas. And they\\\\\\\'ve got friends who also believe in the carny code. So when Laurie, Billy and Dana asked bassists Stuart Kimball (from Bob Dylan\\\\\\\'s band) and Andrew Mazzone, lap steel player Kevin Barry (Paula Cole) and singers Patina Willshine and Dennis Brennan to come to Hi-N-Dry, the Cambridge, Massachusetts studio that\\\\\\\'s Twinemen\\\\\\\'s home base, to lend their talents to Sideshow, they rallied.
Sideshow\\\\\\\'s 11-song musical midway embraces everything from the weirdly sensual \\\\\\\"Wishers\\\\\\\" to the rocking, strident \\\\\\\"The Definition of Truth,\\\\\\\" which echoes the paranoia and distortion rampant in our corporate-ruled culture. \\\\\\\"I Slept Through It\\\\\\\" is another protest song and a call for Americans to snap out of their political lethargy. And \\\\\\\"Twilight\\\\\\\" is a beautiful, sad story of star-crossed lovers whose sonorous arrangement recalls the softer side of Morphine, Billy and Dana\\\\\\\'s previous band.
So Sideshow continues, broadening the scope of the themes and sounds Twinemen explored on their critically heralded 2002 debut, simply titled Twinemen. But their winning m.o. remains consistent: to make music that can go anywhere sonically and lyrically, that can\\\\\\\'t be easily categorized, yet has an appealing and instantly recognizable personality of its own.
It was much the same with Morphine, whose leader, Mark Sandman, needed to coin the tag \\\\\\\"low-rock\\\\\\\" to describe the band\\\\\\\'s distinctive sound. After Mark\\\\\\\'s untimely death in 1999, the seeds for Twinemen were planted in Orchestra Morphine, a nine-piece ensemble Dana, Billy and Laurie put together to travel the U.S. and Europe and pay tribute to the music of Morphine.
But more than a band was taking shape during that time. As any good carny will tell you, community is the key to success. And Twinemen and the HI-N-DRY studio and label have become the nexus for a diverse community of artists -- a musical big top that embraces rock, blues, country, folk, jazz and various combinations -- all dedicated to the notion of working together for the common good.
To learn more about Twineman and the HI-N-DRY community, label and studio, visit www.hi-n-dry.com. Meanwhile, step right up and enjoy Sideshow!
* Wishers Sample This Song
* I Slept Through It Sample This Song
* In My Head Sample This Song
* St. Benedict\\\\\\\'s Marching Band Sample This Song
* The Definition of Truth Sample This Song
* Twilight Sample This Song
* Speed of Light Sample This Song
* Saturday Sample This Song
* Little Ones Sample This Song
* A Little Strange Sample This Song
* The Circle Sample This Song