Blurt Best Kept Secret: Preachers Son

Latest pick of cool
emerging artist in our ongoing collaboration with Sonicbids.

 

By Fred Mills

 

The BLURT staff put our heads (and ears) together and we
have the latest pick for our Blurt/Sonicbids “Best Kept Secret”: it’s Preachers
Son, from Dublin, Ireland – our 15th  BKS since commencing the program of
spotlighting new and under-the-radar artists back in 2008.

 

Preachers Son comprises multiinstrumentalist/vocalist Brian
Hogan (also bassist with Meteor award-winning Irish band Kila) and drummer/vocalist
Emmaline Duffy-Fallon (late of Engine Alley, who notched considerable acclaim
in the early/mid ‘90s).. The name refers to Hogan’s father, who was a singer
and a preacher, incidentally. They got together in 2009 and quickly started
picking up press for their hi-nrg, at times atmospheric, at other times rootsy,
sound, which the musicians themselves describe as being “like
a David Byrne, Scott Walker collaboration, or Queen’s greatest hits circa 1980
vs Morrison Hotel. A Led Zeppelin /
Leonard Cohen crossover sort of Johnny Cash, Duane Eddie, Bowie doing Talking
Heads kinda thing.”

 

It’s a truism that one should never trust
an artist to describe his or her music, but in this case – wow. Boy howdy: among
the key tracks dotting their spectacular Dave Bascombe-mixed debut Love Life and Limb (released last
October) are “26 Years,” which does indeed suggest the improbably Led Zep/Cohen
blend (due in no small part to Hogan’s impossibly deep, resonant voice); first
single “X For Sandra,” which marries Bowie drama to a kind of Exene/John Doe
vocal parry-and-thrust vibe; “Should Have Been Gone,” a minor-chord, strings-powered
country twanger which taps the aforementioned Johnny Cash influence; and “Lipstick,”
a moody, swampy slice of gothic noir featuring guest vocals from Gavin Friday.
And wait’ll you hear their raucous, street rumble of a cover of Dusty
Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” (Duffy-Fallon takes lead vocal on that
one, natch).

 

 

 

The band is reportedly a dynamo in
concert, frequently joined on stage by guest musicians including Tabby
Callaghan (X-Factor), Kieran Kennedy (Black Velvet Band, Hothouse Flowers) and
Shane Fitzsimons (Lisa Hannigan, Damien Rice, Paddy Casey). Here’s hoping we
can get them over to these shores in the near future.

 

We’ll have an interview with the band posted to the site
shortly in which we let them fill you in on all this and more. Meanwhile, check
out their official website as well as their MySpace page and Facebook page for
additional details as well as song samples. They’re one of the good ‘uns, trust us.

 

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Bands, go to www.sonicbids.com/blurtonline to submit and have us review your materials for feature consideration.

 

 

>Our November ‘08 Best Kept Secret: The Handcuffs,
from Chicago.

 

>Our December Best Kept Secret: Black Swan
Green, from Brooklyn

 

>Our January 2009 Best Kept Secret: stephaniesI­d,
from Asheville

 

>Our March Best Kept Secret: Polly Mackey
& the Pleasure Principle, from England

 

>Our June Best Kept Secret: Wiretree, from
Austin

 

>Our August Best Kept Secret: Bulletproof
Vests, from Memphis

 

>Our November Best Kept Secret: The Vivs, from
Boston

 

>Our January 2010 Best Kept Secret: The Public
Good, from D.C.

 

>Our February Best Kept Secret: Dirty Dancing, from Austin

 

>Our April Best Kept Secret: Jenny Dee
& the Deelinquents
, from Boston

 

>Our June Best Kept Secret: The Rebel Set,
from Phoenix

 

 >Our August Best Kept Secret: Alice Austin,
from Los Angeles

 

>Our October 2010 Best Kept Secret: Doug McCurry,
from Charlotte

 

>Our January 2011 Best Kept Secret: Drunken Prayer, from Portland

 

 

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