The self-titled debut album from The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock sees songs in the Irish folk tradition expanded into the realms of psych, prog and post rock, channelling amongst other things, the diverse yet kindred spirits of Lift to Experience, 16 Horsepower, Thin Lizzy and The Chieftains.
"An album that combines vitality, bold vision and vivid imagination. Time to ditch those tired old Celtic-rock retreads. This is the real stuff." - Rock and Reel
"One of the best pieces of contemporary Irish rock music we’ve heard in an age" - Irish Times
"The best album I have heard from Ireland since Fionn Regan’s ‘The End Of History’ and like that masterpiece this a record that is exceptionally beautiful and inspired yet truly deeply disturbed." - Americana UK
"Haunted, rabble rousing folk" - Evening Herald
"The best tunes are wrapped in the kind of guitar blizzard mostly associated with Sixteen Horsepower or early Dirty Three" - Uncut
"Irish album of the year by a country mile (with hairpin bends every 15 yards), haunting doesn’t even begin to describe it." - MP3 Hugger
"Heart-pounding Pogues-esque moments, My Bloody Valentine’s fuzzy logic, indie guitar crescendos and Nick Cave’s solitary confinement rock…wonderful work." - State
"An album of intergalactic Irish-tinged post-rock and sacred and secular folk" - Pop Matters
"As vital and progressive an Irish traditional album as there has been in the past decade, overflowing with ideas and experimental in a manner that few have ever been brave enough or - crucially - talented enough to take on. Fusing elements of trad, folk, psychedelic and full-on rock, the band has succeeded in creating an album that almost perfectly captures the Ireland of today, which struggles to define itself, clutching desperately to its past even as it embraces a future that appears startlingly different. It is dark, it is challenging, it is teeming with innovation and guile, but most of all, it is a thing of utter beauty that borders on the visionary." - Irish Examiner USA
released May 6, 2008
Allen Blighe - Vocals, Banjo, Guitars.
Donnchadh Hoey - Guitar, Cavaquinho.
Enda Bates - Backing Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Accordion, Electronics
Brian O'Higgins - Drums
Bill Blackmore trumpet on "In Country Dark" and "Pimlico"
and Richie Murphy piano on "Pimlico"
Produced by Enda Bates and The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock.
Engineered by Dave Slevin.
Additional recording by Enda Bates
Additional recording of "Christchurch, 6 Bells" by Alan Scully.
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