ON SALE WED 14 SEPT @ 9
_ Main Venue _
Tickets priced €15 (incl booking) on sale Wednesday September 14th @ 9am from www.ticketmaster.ie www.whelanslive.com
Be Honest and Fear Not – Release: Friday September 30 – Out on a Limb Records
It’s a special thing for a band to be able to listen to a new record and feel that they have just written their best work to date. Fair enough, you might have your favourite songs, or lyrics, instrumentation or whatever – but to be able to see an evolution in your music and sound, must be the most satisfying thing as songwriters.
windings return with the follow-up to 2012’s I Am Not The Crow with their most powerful release to date. The title of Be Honest and Fear Not is an affirmation of the band’s modus operandi in 2016; if you are good at something, don’t compromise. This was evidenced earlier this year by the Double-A release of ‘Stray Dogs’/’Helicopters’, a difficult at times yet rewarding listen that re-introduced us to windings, preparing us for what was to come.
This is not to say Steve Ryan and company don’t understand that a little sugar helps the medicine go down. Be Honest and Fear Not is filled with the Limerick outfit’s keen sense of melody and also some of Ryan’s finest lyrics penned to date; filled with the hopes, fears, doubts, aspirations, confusion and bemusements of the modern Irish musician.
Typically unafraid to shy away from epic territories, the album opens with a seven-and-a-half minute opus, ‘Ambivalence Blues’, with its wonderful refrain:
“And if you think respect is overrated
Maybe that’s because you just weren’t meant to get it
And when it comes to meeting new friends
Try not to think of it as making up numbers for your funeral.”
It is immediately followed by a nod to Ryan’s more agit-origins with ‘Boring’, before traversing a musical course through some darkness and light – see ‘Stray Dogs’ versus the new track from the album ‘You’re Dead’ – towards the wonderful finale of ‘Late Praise’. Recorded at Attica Studios in Donegal with Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers), windings’ masterful command of an array of instruments continues to impress, but also their willingness to continue on the path less travelled these days in terms of understanding the ebb and flow of a proper Long Player.
The intervening time between the Choice Music Prize-nominated I Am Not The Crow and Be Honest and Fear Not has not seen the band resting on their laurels – releasing a split record with Dublin indie outfit Land Lovers and collaborating with fellow Limerick mavericks Rusangano Family and Naive Ted (who also recorded, produced and mixed ‘Helicopters’ with windings). The band follow up recent shows with Generationals, The Decemberists and Grandaddy with Irish dates following the album’s release on long-time collaborators Out on a Limb Records.
For long-time windings’ fans, Be Honest and Fear Not sees one of Ireland’s most interesting bands return in a manner that we would have hoped to see and hear. For first time listeners, this will be one of the most rewarding sonic experiences of your year.
ON SALE WED 14 SEPT @ 9: €16.50 available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-8pm M-F, 4-8pm Sat)
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AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm | Drinks Promos