Posted by Admin - Fri 9th March 2018 8.01AM
East London five-piece band Stick In The Wheel, headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter, released their second album Follow Them True in January 2018 and they are heading to Bury on March 10th.
They will appear at The Met on the back opf the release of the releasr opf the single ‘As I Roved Out’.
The track is a deconstruction of all those dull “May morning” songs that prevail in the English tradition and beyond. The album sessions were already done when Nicola pressed record on her phone and this came out in one long five-minute story.
Sent straight to Ian, the deconstructed is reconstructed, chopped up to make a different story, a new form with samples and rhythms. An exorcism of ghosts past and present.
Speaking of the track Kearey said: “I’d say that that trope is one you come across readily in folk songbooks. It’s one which I personally feel is difficult to connect with, not least because they usually follow with a description of a pretty lady met along the way, then the objectification thereof. I can’t relate to that.
"Plus “roving” – like its equivalent personality the “flaneur” by and large have the leisure time to rove. Me and my ancestors don’t/didn’t. We got up in the dark and went directly to work, toiled all day then came home again, exhausted. There is a nostalgia and fetishisation of the past in folk music which is mostly at odds with our approach.”
"The songs within Follow Them True examine rituals and cycles, our inherent power to change ourselves and the world around us, the past repeating itself, ghosts and death, land and place, thieves and beggars. It continues to question the notion of what folk music is, and what it means in 2018.
"The new album expands the radical sound of their debut to include electronic and found sounds, using a broader sonic palette to create a greater depth full of layers and meaning, yet at the same time remaining totally connected with the tradition."