Sunday, January 6, 2008
DIRTMUSIC is Chris Eckman, Hugo Race and Chris Brokaw
In the new year of 2007, three reknowned musicians – each of them with a long history in the alternative scene of rock music - decided to form a new band together. Their vision of this band was to strip back their music to the bare essentials and rediscover the original folk music which was the source of their inspiration.
Using acoustic instruments - guitars, dobro, banjo, harmonium, melodica, foot percussion and harmony vocals - Dirtmusic made a European tour to develop their sound and material at the end of which they recorded their debut album in the Sono studio in Prague for the German independent label Glitterhouse Records. This self-titled album (“Dirtmusic”) will be released Europe-wide in November 2007.
The Dirtmusic sound evokes the landscapes of the artists’ origins: the pacific north-west USA (Chris Eckman), southern Australia (Hugo Race) and the atlantic north-east USA (Chris Brokaw). All three are or have been expatriates and have travelled widely around the world with their various music projects. Drawing on the folk music traditions of these ex-frontier societies, Dirtmusic tell stories of individuals searching for orientation in the urban wilderness of a ‘new’ world. Melodies are drawn from blues and folk, but refashioned through the life experience and musical journeys of this international trio.
DIRTMUSIC EUROPEAN TOUR: APRIL 21st - May 11th 2008
Helixed Productions and Gusstaff Present….
HUGO RACE + TRUE SPIRIT
LIVE IN WARSAW
GHOSTING THE CITIES
COLLECTED VIDEOS 2001 - 2006
DVD release date: February 15th 2008
Advance release available directly from: http://www.gusstaff.com/
Gusstaff Records, Poland’s premier electronic and alternative label, proudly announce this new DVD package focussing on Hugo & True Spirit’s work on stage, on video and in the studio from 2001 until 2006.
It contains ‘Live in Warsaw’, filmed and recorded by Polish national television during the 2006 ‘Taoist Priests’ Tour, showcasing the band at the CDQ club in the intensive final week of a 65-date European odyssey.
“Ghosting the Cities” is a roadmovie directed by Nico Mansy during the “Long Time Ago” European Tour in 2001, and besides containing classic live footage from shows in Berlin and Prague, gives a candid, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the band’s modus operandi, as well as an insight into Hugo’s parallel “Transfargo” project.
The Collected Videos contain 9 videos from the albums “Goldstreet Sessions” (2003), “Ambuscado” (2005) and “Taoist Priests” (2006), including LSD is Dead, Into the Void and the previously unreleased Heretic.
31 Tracks. Running Time approx 200 minutes