House Of Spirituals - Too Many Days

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"The home-movie style video perfectly accompanies the chilled, uplifting track which swims against the tide of current sounds and gives a modern twist to the rhythm and blues of the deep south" - Gay Times

"A unique new act that takes us in a new direction" - Notion Magazine

Set cruise control and drive. Through towns where everybody is on the same payroll. It’s on the way out of town where you pass clapperboard churches which shake to the speaking in tongues damnations and prophecies. Saturday night’s sin is washed away on Sunday. Keep driving. Pass the swamps and the last water tower.

This is the parched landscape of Williams Egglestone and Faulkner and Flannery O Connor.

There’s nothing on the radio that comes close to the field hollers and shouts, the call and response of the chain gang. Dignity, guilt of sin and snakes stretching in the Sun. The stoic rhythm of hammer against rock. The chain rings. The voices like a solemn ghost of regret. This was always the raw ingredient of all of the music that mattered. Of course it soon fell into the wrong hands. Diluted and spread thin with the venom taken out. It came to mean nothing. Still it sold. And then it came to pass that it was time to return to the very source. The phoney rebel stance has been playing too long.

This is not a band. It is the channeling of early sound. Don’t think for a minute though that this is sound for the museum. The spectral voice tonight goes on a drunken joyride in a stolen car. Carnal rhythm, a filthy cloud of horns and the deadly current of blues guitar. All cooked in the heat of an electronic haze. A sermon you cannot resist dancing to. It is primal and ancient yet thoroughly belonging to the now. “When you’re condemned, you’ve got nothing left but music, you’ve got no hope, it’s really pure. There’s so much heart because that is the only joy you’re getting,” say the spirituals. “Music is giving the chain gangs something to get through the day. It really is the rawest form of music.” “We found so many analogies in their experiences that apply to society. It drove us into a space where we realised that we couldn’t mess around, we knew that we had to make a song with a lot of heart.”
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Artist: House Of Spirituals
Video title: Too Many Days

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Category: R'n'B, Soul, Funk
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