After all these years I'm playing a show in my old home town. Very happy it's taking place down the road in Camden at the beautiful club voted Best Music Venue in London in this year's Time Out.
The Green Note
Thursday, December 17th
Doors 7pm / Show (two sets) at 8:30pm
Advance tickets here
The performance at The Green Note will also be my first as a father!
I'll be backed up by virtuoso friends Matti Müller (gypsy guitar) and Jonny Gee (double bass), We plan to celebrate the next phase of a musician's life with an ecstatically mixed bag of folk, Americana, cabaret and neo-gospel songs touching liberally on themes of family and disfunction. There may even be a non-traditional New York Christmas singalong. (Check this out for a practice.)
Hope to see you there. If you can't make it tell a London friend. And apologies in advance if there's a baby screaming several rows behind.
BLOODLINE, the Netflix series starring Kyle Chandler and Sissy Spacek, features the Spottiswoode & His Enemies song All In The Past as the very last song of its very last episode. A dark song to close a dark family thriller.
The song, produced by Kenny Siegal for Old Soul Records, is the fourth track from the band's 2011 Independent Music Award-winning album WILD GOOSECHASE EXPEDITION. It features Spottiswoode on electric guitar and vocals, John Young on bass, Candace DeBartolo on saxophone, Kevin Cordt on trumpet, Riley McMahon on electric guitar, Tony Lauria on keyboards and special guest Konrad Meissner on drums and percussion.
"I'm a bit like Orpheus," says the self-aggrandizing Englishman. "I keep looking back. I wrote this song in a futile attempt to correct that tendency. It's a very righteous and liberating tune to perform. The band rocks. As always. Thanks also to Tom Schick for the great mix."
The sentiment of the tune fits perfectly with the sinister conclusion of the series. It was a happy surprise when Mark Wike, the show's music supervisor, contacted the band's Los Angeles rep, Carol Sue Baker, to ask for permission to use it.
BLOODLINE was released in its entirety by Netflix on Friday, March 20th 2015. A second season is already scheduled.
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Spottiswoode & His Enemies sixth studio recording. A haunting new departure for the New York septet. After winning two Independent Music Awards for 2012’s Wild Goosechase Expedition - a poppy and satirical romp about a rock band’s doomed tour - the band returns with a beautiful and much more atmospheric set.
ENGLISH DREAM is an English record written and sung by an Englishman and recorded in Brooklyn by a New York band. “Salvation, our fourth record - was Americana,” says Spottiswoode. “This time we’ve gone Anglicana and made a pastoral collection of songs about nature, love, childhood and the other side of the pond. Sometimes it’s idyllic and sometimes it’s a bit scary.”
See the trailer for the band's sixth record.