Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sights and Sounds: Saw Doctors, World Party

Talk about kicking off another week on a winning note, now comes word that Ireland's Saw Doctors and Karl Wallinger's World Party are set to release new collections. I've listened to some of the advance material made available to the media and there is plenty to recommend on each of the discs. Below I've re-posted the media releases and artwork. Enjoy!

‘The Further Adventures Of Saw Doctors’ Receives Long-Awaited US Release, March 13, 2012

On March 13, The Saw Doctors’ new album The Further Adventures Of Saw Doctors will receive its US release on Megaforce Records. It is by far The Saw Doctors’ grittiest album to date, dealing with some of the most serious lyrics of the band’s career. The songs highlight the band’s blend of “reverence and irreverence, of resilience and exuberance, of alternately raucous and beautiful but always well-constructed songs.”

Listen to the opener “Takin’ The Train” with its angst-driven tempo and layered guitars here:

On February 22, The Saw Doctors will embark on their largest North American tour with over 25 dates in several major markets including Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Toronto, as well as debut performances in Florida, North Carolina and Iowa.

Complete list of The Saw Doctors’ upcoming 2012 tour dates:

In 2011 the band had a runaway hit with their cover of Petula Clark’s sensational 1960s pop single “Downtown,” which reached #2 on the Irish Singles Chart in December. Clark joined the band in the studio to rerecord the chorus and harmony and made a cameo in the music video.

Watch the new video with Clark filmed on the streets of Galway here:

The Saw Doctors are: Davy Carton (vocals, guitar), Leo Moran (guitars, vocals), Anthony Thistlethwaite (Bass Guitar, Saxophone), Kevin Duffy (Keyboards, Vocals) and Rickie O’Neill (Drums, Vocals).

World Party Returns with 5-CD "Arkeology," 70 Previously Unreleased Tracks Spanning 25 Years

World Party has confirmed the April 10, 2012 release of Arkeology: a massive, 5 CD collection of 70 never-before-heard tracks packaged in a unique Any Year Diary for fans’ personal use. Spanning the band’s 25-year history, Arkeology is at once a new album—with songs finished as recently as 2011—and an unreleased, unheard history of rare studio gems, live sessions, concert recordings, radio interviews, covers, demos and B-sides.

As much a throwback to the 60’s rock that World Party leader Karl Wallinger grew up loving as it is a reinvention of it, “Arkeology” showcases some of Wallinger’s strongest work to date. New songs like “Waiting Such a Long Time” (2008), “Everybody’s Falling in Love” (2011), and “Photograph,”—a sprawling piano anthem recorded over a period of seventeen years (1994 to 2011)—are more evidence of Wallinger’s already-known talent for writing infectious pop hooks.

The entire collection is packaged in the Any Year Diary, a 142-page, full-color day calendar for fans’ personal use that features rare photos, clips of articles, and World Party memorabilia from Wallinger’s personal archives, as well as his notes and commentary about various shows and recordings. “The reason it’s all inside an any-year diary,” Wallinger says, “is because I just got so sick of the CD packaging. I’m glad the whole CD format is dying, but I really didn’t want to put something out that was only digital.”

“Arkeology” also provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Wallinger’s quirky humor and love of studio experimentation with several genre-bending demos, some recorded as early as 1985. A pitch-shifted, effects-heavy rendition of “What is Love All About” (from 1993’s Bang!) for instance, wouldn’t be out of place on a contemporary R&B record. And live versions of familiar hits—including an ascendant crowd sing-along of “Ship of Fools” from Boulder, CO in 1998, and fan favorites like “Love Street” from 2006’s Bonnaroo Festival—capture the band at some of its finest moments.

Formed in 1986, as Wallinger’s solo project, (previously of cult heroes The Waterboys), World Party has amassed a collection of hit singles over its history, including "Ship of Fools", "Put the Message in the Box," "Is It Like Today?" and the chart-topping "Way Down Now," while contributing to movie soundtracks for Reality Bites and Clueless. In recent years, Wallinger has taken World Party to the stages of Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and elsewhere.

World Party on the web:

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