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The Seven Hats “Scientific American”

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

The Seven Hats, short for The 7 Hats of Borg-Warner—a 1960’s advertising campaign of the industrial giant, Borg-Warner, promising better living and “better products through creative research and engineering”—laments the failed promises and disastrous results of the mid-century American industrial complex through its apocalyptic lounge music. The haunting analog-electro project of Julie Davis (Bela Karoli, Nathaniel Rateliff, Fairchildren, Miss America) and Joseph Pope III (Born in the Flood, Nathaniel Rateliff, Miss America) was largely inspired by Davis’ decades-long love for the Great American Songbook and the pair’s recent acquisition of a 1960’s Wurlitzer electronic piano, half-working Roland Juno 106 synthesizer and nearly-broken Farfisa VIP 370 organ.

Recorded at Grey Gardens and mixed and mastered by Randall Frazier at Helmet Room Recordings, the songs on The Seven Hats’ forthcoming EP, “Scientific American,” offer lush and evolving textures that provide the perfect platform for Davis’ smoky voice. With a stage set-up designed to fit snugly in the back of a station wagon, The Seven Hats aspires to cross-country trips connected by shows in second-rate motel lounges.

Paul Cox of Stacks music blog describes “Scientific American,” as “beautiful and aching and brilliant.” He says, “ these interpretations of WWII-era compositions are thoroughly marvelous . . . . I hope there’s an entire album’s worth of this project in the pipeline, because it’s just what I’ve been looking for.”

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The Widow’s Bane (CD Release) w/ The Raven & The Writing Desk and Bonnie & The Beard on June 15 @ The Walnut Room / Denver

Friday, April 26th, 2013

“Macabre, literate and shamelessly theatrical, there’s real vision behind the Widow’s Bane’s, death-folk howl. Not to mention courage — a rare commodity lately in the local scene.”

— Jason Heller Westword Magazine

BANE

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Shortly after being poisoned to death by his wife, Governor Mortimer Leech was recruited by the Dark Lord himself to join the house band upon his ship, The Widow’s Bane. The crew exclusively consisted of men fallen at the hands of their beloveds, and it was there that Leech was introduced to the rest of the band. There was Rutherford Belleview, an accomplished accordionist hailing from Connecticut, whose wife hung him up to dry with a piano wire. Bartholomew Catacombs, lovingly referred to as “Bat”, had been buried alive. A hundred years later The Devil dug him up, and he was now holding down the low end of the band on board The Widow’s Bane. Franklin McKane, a drunken gambler of the potato famine era, had been shot to death by his blushing bride when she realized his banjo and deck of cards meant more to him than she ever would. And then there was Rictus Corpum, who met the sharp end of a scythe after his wife played him out for another man. The Devil, however, was kind enough to transform Corpum’s bride into a violin so he might exact his revenge by playing her daily for all eternity.

The Widow’s Bane sailed unhindered for three hundred years, laying to waste every ship that crossed its path while entertaining every pub in every port town in which it dropped anchor. That is, until they had the great misfortune of crossing paths with St. Gabriel and his ship, The Pale Horse. It was off the coast of Alaska where Gabe laid into The Widow’s Bane with a vengeance. The Devil retreated into an abyss beneath the Bering Sea, while the house band was left to row ashore in a life raft, taking nothing from that sinking ship but her name.


June 15, we celebrate the release of the new CD from Widow’s Bane, titled “Don’t Be Afraid, It’s Only Death” w/ Raven & The Writing Desk and Bonnie & The Beard. The new record was mixed and mastered by Randall Frazier at helmet room recordings, and is a marvel of the macabre, with stellar musicianship and superb songwriting.