Posts Tagged ‘Finn Johansson’

NEW RELEASE: “Dick Whyte and the Bent Folk BOOTLEG” (April, 2013)

Monday, April 29th, 2013

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bentfolkbootleg

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Since late last year I have been jamming some old and new songs with Big Rick! drummer extraordinaire Helen O’Rourke. This slowly turned into a more serious project with the addition of Yawn guitar legend Rupert Hunter. We played a few gigs under a variety of names (Dick Whyte and the Red-Headed Step-Child, Dick Whyte and Epic Friends, Dick Whyte and the Easy Travellers) until Noel Meek described us as ‘bent folk’ at the last Crypt Sessions, which seemed to stick.

Since then we’ve played a few more gigs and started recording. There is a bootleg of our last live show up on Bandcamp, a 7″ recorded by the wonderful Finn Johansson (of ex-Wellington country band Johnsonville City Nights) ready to come out (as soon as we find a label or some cash to release it) and two more gigs this month (one on the 11th of May at Evil Genius Records with Toucan Stubbs, and one at The Crypt on the 18th of May, with Seth Frightening, Baba Rosa and Saint Cosmos, curated by Noel Meek). We’re also planning another recording session soon and will be opening for David Rovics at Puppies later this year.

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Dick Whyte, Helen O'Rourke and Gary Cranston

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Inspiration - Samin Son and the Garrett Street Collective

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Dick Whyte and Rupert Hunter at The Crypt Sessions

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Dick Whyte and Helen O'Rourke at Home Economics 3

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Kittentank, Desperanados and The Bent Folk at San Fran Bath House

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Toucan Stubbs and The Bent Folk at Evil Genius

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Weird Folk for Weird Folk at The Crypt

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NEW RELEASE: Bent Folk 7″ (Epic Sweep Records, 2013)

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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bent folk 7 inch epic sweep

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At the end of last year The Bent Folk, my new band featuring Helen O’Rourke (drums) and Rupert Hunter (guitar) released our first 7″ through the wonderful Epic Sweep Records (who have also released a raft of other fantastic musicians such as Maxine Funke, Matt Middleton, The Aesthetics and A.J. Sharma – all highly recommended). It came out on 40 lovely acetate records, which are now sold out, but thanks to the wonders of Bandcamp you can still hear the lovely sounds contained within. The 7″ was produced by Finn Johansson at his home studio (he also plays a bit of piano on it), and mastered by Luke Rowell (of the wonderful Disasteradio). To top it all off, the cover art was done by the amazing Kate Laundon. We also have an EP in the works (also produced by Finn) and an album (produced by the fantastic Joel Cosgrove). Expect a whole load of new things from The Bent Folk this year!

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Bent Folk Seven Inch

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“The Bent Folk are captured here in a slow and beautifully direct mood… the band does to folk what the Renderers do to country; both build on and break away from tradition. The single comes with a live four track CDR recording of the band which features a blistering cover of Funkadelic’s ‘Maggot Brain’. It showcases the more damaged-psych power of the band live.” (Epic Sweep)

“Dick Whyte’s lyrics balance folk’s utilisation of well-worn phrases (the “trad arr.” of language) with an uncanny/repressed that seeps through, roughed-up by his actually singing in an all-too-rare Kiwi accent. Rupert Hunter scuffs up the track with both feedback scree and psych bravado… while Helen O’Rourke’s brisk, sympathetic drumming stops affairs degenerating into sogginess.” (Stevie Kaye, The Corner)

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