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Unholy Hymns [NTR 251]

by Bridge City Sinners

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Rock Bottom 03:34
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Departed 02:15
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Love of Mine 03:49
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The Fear 02:41
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The Damned 02:47
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Unholy Hymns 04:00

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Dark Folk? Pre wartime era Jazz? Murderfolk? Folk Punk? Blackgrass? Nailing down the genre of the Bridge City Sinners has always been difficult, but the title of their upcoming album sums it up in two words: “Unholy Hymns”. With a lineup of banjo, fiddle, upright bass, banjolele, and guitar, they take acoustic music in a new, and much darker direction. The album has been divided up into two distinctly different sounding halves.

The first half of Unholy Hymns, “Book l”, relies heavily on their normal dark yet playful, folk and jazz roots, and at the same time expands upon their discography with complex subject matter including addiction and mental health issues.

The second half of the album, “Book ll”, leans much deeper into the darkness. An epic of terror and woe, this short concept album within an album is full of orchestral arrangements and evil screams of despair.

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released August 22, 2021

Libby Lux - Lead Vocals & Banjolele
Michael Sinner - Resonator Guitar
Lightnin’ Luke - Fiddle
Clyde McGee - Banjo
Scott Michaud - Upright Bass

ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS
Supporting back up vocals on “Rock Bottom'' by Connor O’Neal, Shawn D'Amario, & Spencer Mode of the all mighty Tejon Street Corner Thieves. Supporting screams on “The Fear” by Veronica Sendejas & Jesse Edward Sendejas. Supporting back up vocals on “Unholy Hymns'' by Connor O’Neal, Shawn D'Amario, Spencer Mode, Whitney Flynn & a girl named Lyz. Trombone on “Unholy Hymns” by Andrew Carew of Larry and His Flask. Guitar on “The Devil’s Swing” played by Clyde McGee.

ALBUM ART
Front cover BCS symbol designed by Michael Sinner. Back cover victrola art by Anastasia Guzinskaya. Layout and all other album art by Cud Eastbound.

THE RECORDING
Engineered & Mixed by Jesse Payne at LowShelf Recording in Portland, OR
Engineered & produced by Lightnin’ Luke
Mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio in Portland, OR
Mastering for vinyl by Adam Gonsalves Telegraph Audio Portland, OR
All songs written by the Bridge City Sinners


THANK YOU
Rebecca Sanchez, LYZ!, Barbara Michaud and the Michaud Family, Mary Prophit, Jay Crash, Jay Ulrich, Tristan & Kaisa Jones, Jessica Cyphert, Laura Busby, Nico, Izzy, Toni, Tomás, Jesse Townley, Tom Reiss, Stefan & SBÄM Records, Joel Bader, Luke Pizzola, Danny & Alicia, Peter Vaughan Shaver,Felix Willikonsky, Kris Luke, Rosie Dyer, Kit Hines and Bug, Sloan, Amber, Bryon & the pups, Ron Martinez & Crawlspace Booking, Heidi Wirz, Tommy No Time, Mike “Snappy” Sinapi, the Goddamn Gallows, the Lower Class Brats, the Addicts, Days N Daze,Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Window Smashing Job Creators, Beggars Canyon, Ortega Guitars, Muddy Roots Music Festival, Moonrunners Festival, & Punk Rock Bowling. Thank you Flail Records!!! To everyone who lets up sleep on your floors, cooks us meals on the road, buys us drinks, gives us party favors, and to every single goddamn last one of you Sinners (that’s YOU!)

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