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The Brutal Here and Now

by The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock

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The follow-up to 2008's self-titled debut, the new Spook album expands on the band’s fusion of Irish folk and experimental rock, absorbing the influence of traditional Indian and Italian music with a significantly broader palette of sounds, aided by guest musicians Adrian Harte (violin) and Kim Porcelli (cello).

With songs written in English, Irish and Italian, The Brutal Here and Now finds lyricist Allen Blighe exploring the malleability of memory and history. From the frenzy of the opening track “The Tarantella” through to the captivating title track and the rousing closer “The Rattling Hell”, The Brutal Here and Now captures The Spook at the height of their powers.

"There are melodic echoes of Planxty or the Dubliners here, but matched against a blitz of guitar rock and feedback and a delight in the unexpected…one of the Irish albums of the year" - The Guardian

"The most inventive, audacious and barnstorming Irish album of 2012…brazen, blazing and brilliant" - Irish Times

"The Brutal Here and Now is utterly spell-binding…potential Irish album of the year" - Hot Press

"One of the more intriguing bands delving into the spiritual backwaters of alternative folk - ****" - Mojo

"Ireland’s own Flaming Horslips…sets you jigging, sends you reeling - 7/10" - Uncut

"A spirited attempt at reimagining old music for a new age" - Q

"Powerful and defiantly unique" - Entertainment.ie

"Ireland’s finest example of a modern trad band" - Nialler 9

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released April 13, 2012

Produced by Steve Shannon and Enda Bates
Recorded at Beech Park Studios and Experimental Audio
Engineered by Steve Shannon and Peter Sisk, with additional recording by Ruth Kennington and Enda Bates
Mixed by Steve Shannon
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering

Written by The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock / Lyrics by Allen Blighe

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock are:
Enda Bates: bass, vocals, electronics, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, accordion
Allen Blighe: vocals, banjo, electric guitar, esraj
Donnchadh Hoey: electric guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, tin whistle
Brian O'Higgins: drums, percussion

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Adrian Harte: violin (track 1)
Kim Porcelli: cello (track 6)

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The Spook of The Thirteenth Lock Dublin, Ireland

Named after a poem about a haunted canal lock, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock match Irish folk sounds with modern experimental rock sounds. With their new album "The Brutal Here and Now" they have refined their craft, creating folk rock with with a dark, modern feel. They veer away from their peers in tracing a line from the Irish 60’s folk revival through prog, kraut and post rock. ... more

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Track Name: The Tarantella
Il balletto della matta / Sulla scala / Passo dopo passo / Un sogno
disturbato / Che paura / I pensieri della matta / Sulla strada / Anno dopo Anno / Un tempo disperato/ Che paura / Il balletto della matta / Sulla scala / Che paura / Pizzicata forte, tutti matti qua / Cane bastontato, senza libertà / Scala della Ragione, rumorosità/ Lasciami ragno, piú rapidità / piú rapidità / piú rapidità, rapidità, rapidità, rah ta ta / Su. Dai.
Track Name: Suffer the Wait
Unquiet dreams / On a hospital bed / Stirred the yearning / Unspoken, unsaid / I can’t keep up the pace / The tanks are overheating / Words begin to race / Go backwards and repeating / Slip out the cracks of early morning out the door/ Bleary eyed with coffee, vacuum, mop the floor / Cut the anchor, drift into the murky water / Pitched upon the waves, they carry me away / My hands are tied, I’m stuck to watch you as you falter / Fumbling these things that still I cannot alter / I will suffer the wait / With patience and with grace / Cough and whistle / In the gaol courtyard / Sup on thin gruel / Still under close guard / I can’t keep up the pace / The tanks are overheating/ Words begin to race / Go backwards and repeating / Slip out the cracks of early morning out the door/ Bleary eyed with coffee, vacuum, mop the floor / Cut the anchor, drift into the murky water / Pitched upon the waves, they carry me away / My hands are tied, I’m stuck to watch you as you falter / Fumbling these things that still I cannot alter / I will suffer the wait / With patience and with grace / Naivety, naivety, the bottom I will never see / Naivety, naivety, the fault that broke the back of me / The birds are screaming in the trees / They think they’ll die with dignity: naivety, naivety / I will suffer the wait.
Track Name: Heave the Bellows
Heave the bellows / And rise the flames / Without sacrifice/ Nothing is made/ A sword, a plough / A horse to be shod / And a bog to burned / Clod by clod / New born and banished / And overwhelmed. / Frail and rattled / Unable to defend / In vain struggle/ Against the deepening dark / And the rising tide / Of a shattered heart / Temper brittle metal into finest steel / Hammer the misshapen right back into shape / Break the weakest spirit for the common good / All things surely must, lose their sheen and rust / Crumble ever slowly into dust