GA-20 w/ special guest Hayley Thompson-King
GA-20 is a brand new Boston based electric blues trio inspired by traditional blues of the 50s and 60s.. The band features Pat Faherty on lead vocals and guitar, Matthew Stubbs (Charlie Musselwhite and Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas) on guitar. GA-20 signed with Karma Cheif/Colemine Records in Oct 2018 and will be releasing a 45 & LP in early 2019.
HAYLEY THOMPSON-KING cryptically refers to her debut solo album, Psychotic Melancholia, as a Sodom and Gomorrah concept album influenced by her childhood obsession with the so-called wicked women in the bible. As metal as that sounds, these are in fact the basic ingredients for a rich and complex psych-tinged garage-country record.
Thompson-King has carried the seeds for Psychotic Melancholia for quite some time. I was the skeptical kid with her hand up in Sunday school. Also, I spent weekends performing with my church youth group called Clowns for Christ. I guess you could say I was obsessed with getting to the bottom of what exactly would send one to hell."
This new LP is a labor of love six months in the making. Thompson-King co-produced along with guitarist and engineer Pete Weiss. The band, assisted by engineer Sean Cahalin, spent the good part of October 2016 through March 2017 working in Weiss Verdant Studio in Athens, Vt., where they obsessively tweaked songs, and experimented with instrumentation and mic set-ups to create an affecting soundscape. We wanted it to be emotional and exciting. In the end, we did most tracks live and with limited overdubs. It was a lot of pre-production, drum sounds, where to stand in the room, shaping songs and playing together as a band. Verdant (Studio) is really conducive to working this way. The engineer is in the live room with you. It's a beautiful space to spread out. We weren't trying to do something that was perfect," Thompson-King says. "We were trying to do something wild and very realhuman.
Thompson-King resides in Massachusetts, where her artistry has already been widely recognized. She currently receives a grant from the city of Somerville and the Somerville Arts Council to live as an Artist in Residence. Along with Weiss, she is joined on Psychotic Melancholia by bassist Maclachlan of veteran Boston New Wave band Human Sexual Response, and drummer Jonathan Ulman, Boston Music Awards' 2016 Session Player of the Year. While off the road, Thompson-King teaches classical voice lessons to select students in her home studio, but she feels a strong sense of place as a writer, artist and performer. Reflecting on the departure from a career as an opera singer to that of singer-songwriter, she notes, I knew I had this big voice and I wanted to use it in a serious way, but it needed to be my vision. I needed to write for myself.
Ultimately, though, she sees a connection between her music and opera. It's emotional and intense with dramatic, mythological characters," she says. "But the stories are really pretty common and human.
Psychotic Melancholia is out now on Hard To Kill Records.
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