BETH JEANS HOUGHTON & THE HOOVES OF DESTINY
After the release of her debut album in February, Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny will headline Whelan’s Dublin, September 17th. Tickets are only €15.00 incl. booking fee and are now on sale from Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.ie
Houghton’s debut album, “Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose” introduces one of the most self-assured new artists of the year, a pop polymath whose blend off psychedelia, glam rock and chain gang folk is quite unlike anything else you’re likely to hear in 2012. Like her utterly unique stage outfits, it’s made from disparate individual elements that wouldn’t work on paper, but sing out like a holy choir in the execution.
Adding muscle to Beth’s far-ranging vocals are her band The Hooves Of Destiny. Comprising Dav Shiel (drums, vocals samples) Rory Gibson (bass, vocals), Ed Blazey (guitar, trumpet, vocals) and Findlay Macaskill (violin, vocals), they’re a crack unit recruited from Beth’s native North East.
Three years in the making, this album was created with producer Ben Hiller (Blur / Elbow / Depeche Mode). Initially, Beth had reservations about working with such a big name behind the desk, being almost punk-like in her attitude and resolutely independent in every facet of her career. Over time, Ben and Beth developed a harmonious working relationship, and the album changed shape many times in the making.
Songs about boys and dreams have never sounded so forceful and proud as these, and there’s plenty more to unpick in Beth’s hugely inventive lyrics: The Barley Skinny Bone Tree is about her mother, and the birth of her brother, and as for NightSwimmer, the perfectly names track is about a guy who sweats a lot in his sleep. The album also features a song that Beth wrote about her first relationship at 17, named Veins, which sits alongside brand new tracks like the ever-changing single Dodecahedron.
Having recorded the album without a record deal to ensure complete creative control, it was released on Mute in February of 2012.
And the good news; don’t expect such an agonising wait for the next one.
Tickets priced €15.00 inclusive of booking fee are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.ie.
AFTER THE GIG:
Whelan’s Indie DJ from 11pm til late or you might even catch the end of Song Cycle, our weekly singer-songwriter showcase in the front bar.