New album from The Vagaband released on 16th March
The Vagaband release their much anticipated third album Something Wicked This Way Comes on 16th March on Eggsong Recordings
The first single from the album ‘An Eye For An Eye’
The Vagaband release their third album, Something Wicked This Way Comes on 16 March 2018 on CD and download via Eggsong Recordings.
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a collection of tracks brimming with narrative and atmosphere. Wide-screen Americana where the ghosts of carnies and the Wild West collide with New Orleans jazz, folk, blues and beyond. Yet there’s also a more home-spun sound at work here too, the hook-laden melodies and a gritty soulful feel that evokes a golden era of British rock. Think Americana meets The Beatles’ White Album.
Coming in at a fraction over 40 minutes, the perfect length for an album, the record marks a significant raising of the bar for the band, both musically and lyrically.
Pedal steel guitar legend BJ Cole was moved to enthuse ‘I’ve been a huge fan of the Vagaband and their leader Jose McGill, ever since the release of their first album, ‘Town & Country’. With the release of ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, they are they are right up there with the best of their contemporaries.’
Recorded during the political heat of 2016 and 2017, a sense of foreboding flows through the ten tracks. There are satirical jibes (the title track), comic cynicism (Spiritual Man), epic ambient rockers (An Eye For An Eye which features a stunning guest vocal from Yve Mary Barwood of Morganway) and full frontal assaults (Not My Day To Die).
Vagaband singer/guitarist José McGill said ‘This album is about American cultural imperialism on our own turf. ‘Black Friday’, cinema, our fixation on US politics – it’s all around us. We’re becoming the UK of A.’
‘The sound of this album embraces the music of America but retains a British pride. In ‘There’ll Only Be One Elvis’ I’m singing about Costello NOT Presley. This makes me chuckle.’
Hear the band’s recent BBC Radio London live session on the Gaby Roslin show here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvY4PQN2lCg
The Vagaband are a UK-based roots rock band. Equipped with an impressive and varied array of instrumentation (pedal-steel guitar, flugelhorn, mandolin, fiddle and clarinet all blend with unexpected ease) the band draw inspiration from both sides of the Atlantic to incorporate Americana, Celtic folk rock and vaudeville into a whole that gels into an unmistakable sound of their own.
In 2013 they were listed in The Alternate Root’s poll of top 20 New Roots Bands of Europe. 2014 saw the release of their highly-praised second album ‘Medicine For The Soul’. In 2015, U.S. band Ween asked the band to remix material from their Chocolate & Cheese album, announcing the result as ‘genius’. Since then the band have signed a publishing deal with Wipe Out Music and have shared festival stages with the likes of The Handsome Family, Fairport Convention and Dodgy.
The Vagaband are: José McGill: vocals & guitar Founder of The Vagaband • Something Wicked This Way Comes producer Greg Cook: piano Co-songwriter (with McGill) • formerly of 90s Britpop band Mainstream and Circulus Patrick Arbuthnot: pedal steel guitar Formerly of The Hank Wangford Band and The Rockingbirds Dan Reynolds: drums Ali Houiellebecq: saxes, clarinet, flute & whistle Tristan Roche: bass Hugh Stanners: flugelhorn, trumpet & squeezebox Noel Dashwood: dobro & harmonica Joe ‘The Bow’ Wright: fiddle & mandolin Formerly of The John Wright Band (no relation) with Maartin Allcock
Town & Country 2012 CD and download
Medicine For The Soul 2014 CD, gate-fold vinyl and download
Press for Town & Country and Medicine For The Soul… ‘A stunning release … this is classic stuff’ John Roffey, Maverick magazine ‘ …unrestrained and inventive…this album goes places that trad-Americana never thought to reach…and on the way it will pull a wider audience under its spell’ FolkWords ‘Proof that the devil doesn’t always have the best tunes…stunning’ Q Magazine ‘Exceptional… a rich concoction of Americana, swing, ragtime, blues and rock’ Folk Radio UK