March 15, 2008

Spottiswoode & His Enemies: That's What I Like + Salvation

Pessimists have declared time and again that the CD is dead as a means of distribution of music. Sales may have gone down dramatically, especially where the major labels are concerned, but people still buy tons of CDs after a show and the independents are not doing so bad.

Spottiswoode & His Enemies: That's What I Like

New York band Spottiswoode & His Enemies are releasing two CDs simultaneously: The party one That's What I Like and the acoustic, a bit more subdued one Salvation. Fronted by English singer and composer Jonathan Spottiswoode this band can turn a dull room into a cozy nightclub with their highly original sound. They play brass heavy tunes underlying Spottiswoode's hilarious lyrics about making money out his girlfriends looks on a website (Getting Realistic) and compiling a huge list naming all kinds of women that turn him on (That's What I Like) - even including *gasp* Deadheads.

Spottiswoode & His Enemies follow the tradition started by the likes of Noel Coward, Ray Davies, and more recently Jarvis Cocker: venomous lyrics with a vaudeville backing. Spottiswoode is on of those rare people who can get away with impersonating a lounge lizard from the old days. This is party music for people who listen to the words while dancing their asses off.

That's What I Like and Salvation are released on New Warsaw Records. Official release party on March 22 at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St., NYC, coinciding with the band's tenth anniversary.

Tour dates:
  • 03/16 The Saxon Pub, Austin, TX
  • 03/17 Continental Club, Houston, TX
  • 03/18 Bomb Shelter, Birmingham, AL
  • 03/19 Star Bar, Atlanta, GA
  • 03/20 Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
  • 03/21 Private party, Washington, Washington DC
  • 03/22 Joe's Pub, New York, NY
  • 03/28 Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Mass


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