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It’s been a long time since The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock was released, almost four years in fact, but fans the band made with their self-titled debut were so loyal that the album has maintained a high status ever since. It’s with great pleasure that Harmless Noise brings you the exclusive full stream of the Spooks’ new album ahead of its release this Friday 13 April: it’s The Brutal Here And Now.
*Edit* This album stream was for a limited time only and the set below is now comprised of clips from each track. The Brutal Here And Now is available to purchase from their website.
As you’ll hear, nothing much has changed on the surface of their music: steeped in adoration for Irish trad and the timeless sound of the world’s folk music, The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock have brightened their palette with some of warm tones from Europe and Asia, all the while retaining that sharp edge that carves rock songs from the softer styles of folk.If you were present at one of the band’s rare live appearances over the last year then perhaps you have heard some of these songs take form and you can hear them all in resplendent entirety this month as the band take to the road with gigs all over, a notable mention for Dublin being this Friday 13 April when The Brutal Here And Now is launched at Whelans with support from Cian Nugent and Drunken Boat.
A few weeks back, I caught up with lyricist Allen Blighe and guitarist Enda Bates for some late evening sunshine on the Pav as we retraced the steps of making album #2. The completed article of our interview will be available soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the album: here’s another lash of the new video for The Brutal Here and Now (Part One).