October 30th show at Rockwood Music Hall promises left-of-center gothic roots music, "dignified darkness" (Stereogum)
Brian Carpenter & the Confessions will make their New York City debut on Friday, October 30th, with a 9 p.m.
show at Rockwood Music Hall. The performance arrives just after the
release of the band's debut album, The Far End of the World, a
nocturnal, nuanced record that "plumbs the darker depths of Americana"
Recorded in the band's native Massachusetts and mixed in Tucson by Craig
Schumacher (Calexico, Iron & Wine, Neko Case), The Far End of the
World finds Carpenter creating his own, left-of-center brand of
folk-noir. It's alternately haunting and beautiful, filling with the
swoon of orchestral strings, the dusty pluck of acoustic guitars, the
honk of an occasional harmonica, and songs rooted in both mood and
melody. Tying everything together is frontman Carpenter, a songwriter
and multi-instrumentalist who leads his "unpredictable, fascinating
band" (Utne Reader) with a baritone voice reminiscent of the band Low.
Already known for his work in the jazz, indie rock and avant-garde
worlds, Carpenter takes a stark turn on 'The Far End of the World.'
Exuding "a dignified darkness" (Stereogum) similar to the acclaimed
soundtracks from David Lynch films, Brian Carpenter & the
Confessions' live show is every bit as unique as the band's debut
record, combining the jazz, Americana and indie-rock genres with the
avant-garde approach of a frontman who's always marched to the beat of
his own drum.
Carpenter has previously collaborated with Carla Kihlstedt (Tin Hat,
Rabbit Rabbit), Marc Ribot, Colin Stetson (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver),
Harvey Pekar, Brian Dewan (Neutral Milk Hotel), Martin Bisi (Sonic
Youth, Swans, Foetus), and Carson Ellis (The Decemberists).
WHO: Brian Carpenter & the Confessions
WHAT: Debut NYC performance
WHERE: Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1. 196 Allen St., New York, NY, 10002.
WHEN: Friday, October 30th. 9 p.m.
TICKETS: Free show, with pass-the-hat donations accepted