Just in time for Halloween, two of my favorite bands have just released great new freaky albums to get you excited for the holiday!
First off, we have folk-punk weirdos Harley Poe, with their great new release “Pagan Holiday”. This band reminds me of a more psychotic version of the Violent Femmes, and they have consistently produced some freaky horror folk since 2005.
According to their official website, the the first seeds of Harley Poe were planted while singer-songwriter Joe Whiteford fronted the Christian band Calibretto 13, whose turn toward monster-themed songs ultimately pushed their label to drop them. More surprisingly, Whiteford does not view the break as disastrous. “There is no departure, no falling away or turning around,” Whiteford writes. “My art and music, whether it’s Calibretto or Harley Poe are all part of the same path. They all come from this heart and this mind.”
“Horror is a study of humanity’s fear of death and the unknown. It can be cathartic, just like Christianity, or any religion for that matter. Religion is a way for mankind to deal with the fear and inevitability of death. That’s ultimately what horror is; the fear of being killed.”
This great inventive band has just released a new Halloween-themed album with some gleefully dark songs for all of us horror fans.
The album gets off to an uncharacteristically metal intro and eases into the creepy folk we have come to expect from the band with the triple threat “Vengeance The Demon/ Close The Door/ Outcrowd”.
The second track, “Gorehound” was an instant favorite for me, a great tribute to all of us true horror film lovers. Followed by a great rendition of John Carpenter’s “Halloween Theme Song” and the epic tune “Pagan Holiday Parts 1, 2. and 3 : A Celebration / Dormant / Revenge”.
They next take on the Rolling Stone’s creepy classic “Paint It Black”, putting their own unique folksy spin on it, and close out the album with a very creepy collection of weirdness called “Terror Trippin’ 2″.
This album has been in constant rotation for me, and will be for the foreseeable future!
Have a listen on the Spotify player below, and be sure and get your copy here!
And, if that weren’t enough, my old pal Lonesome Wyatt has given us another new classic for this and future Halloweens! The new album from Lonesome Wyatt and the Holy Spooks is a bit of a departure from his unique brand of haunting gothic country evidenced by his last album, and his work with Those Poor Bastards.
The new one “Halloween Is Here” is more of a throw-back to all those strange and obscure Halloween albums from the 1950s to the 1980s. It contains twelve spooky stories and monstrous sing-a-longs for your unholy holiday party at the local insane asylum.
It all gets off to an appropriately spooky start with the intro “A Time That Never Was” and moves directly into a good old-fashioned campfire sing-along with the title track. Mr. Lonesome goes on to tell us stories about werewolves, mummies and ghosts throughout the album, all with a minimalist approach making the album a true weirdo delight.
The story of “The Giant Fist” is a favorite, and the hauntingly sad song “Such A Fright” are definite stand-outs, but the album is full of great creepy tunes and tales that are fun for all ages.
Mr. Lonesome is a very creative independent musician I have been a big fan of for a long time now. Be sure and check out his other work, including his great first novel, The Terrible Tale Of Edgar Switchblade!
I had a brief chat with Mr. Lonesome, and he assured me that a new volume of Ol’ Edgar’s horrible adventures will be forthcoming this winter!
You can give the album a listen for free below via Spotify, and be sure and order your own copy, along with various shirts and buttons and other cool stuff right here!
Unfortunately, these cool vinyl editions are sold out.