Faith & Fear in Philadelphia
The Payroll Union / David J Roch / Gregory S. Davies Band
Monday 21st October 2013, at The Harley, doors 7.30pm
Tickets £5 (£4 NUS) available from The Harley, The Wick at both Ends, Record Collector, The Old Sweet Shop
In an unexpected collaboration, Sheffield Americana band, The Payroll Union, have teamed up with The University of Sheffield for a project on religion and violence in the mid-19th Century American city. Launching their project at The Harley, the band will perform new songs that will form the basis of an album that re-interprets the stories and characters of Philadelphia at its most eruptive. On the night, there will be illustrations by Samuel Paul Skillington and film-makers Optical Jukebox will be filming for a short film on the project.
They will be joined by two great songwriting talents. The Gregory S Davies Band, whose debut album, Santiago, explores gypsy jazz, country, latin and blues. Having only formed at the beginning of the year, they have already headlined a stage at Tramlines this summer and recently were played on BBC Radio 2's Dermot O'Leary Show. Both inventive and melodic, the band's explorative nature makes them a real treat to discover.
David J Roch will be familiar to many, both in his Sheffield home and beyond. His debut album, Skin & Bones, produced in part by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Grinderman), demonstrated the incredible power of his voice and the heartbreaking nature of his songs. As the Guardian said, his voice "can soar to ethereal heights as effortlessly as it plumbs re-raw depths." Most recent single, 'Don't Let Go Yet', was used in the American TV show, So You Think You Can Dance, and his new album is due in early 2014.
Their debut LP 'The Mule & The Elephant' released January 19th '13, lead by singer Pete David and backed by Ben Fuller, Paul Heath and Tom Baxendale, they have a refreshingly honest outsiders take on U.S History, set to deliciously dark, Americana and Country with an occasional touch of Ennio Morricone.