Pessimists have declared time and again that the CD is dead as a means of distribution of music. Sales may have gone down dramatically, especially where the major labels are concerned, but people still buy tons of CDs after a show and the independents are not doing so bad.
New York band Spottiswoode & His Enemies are releasing two CDs simultaneously: The party one That's What I Like and the acoustic, a bit more subdued one Salvation. Fronted by English singer and composer Jonathan Spottiswoode this band can turn a dull room into a cozy nightclub with their highly original sound. They play brass heavy tunes underlying Spottiswoode's hilarious lyrics about making money out his girlfriends looks on a website (Getting Realistic) and compiling a huge list naming all kinds of women that turn him on (That's What I Like) - even including *gasp* Deadheads.
Spottiswoode & His Enemies follow the tradition started by the likes of Noel Coward, Ray Davies and Jarvis Cocker, playing venomous with a vaudeville backing. Spottiswoode is on of those rare people who can get away with impersonating a lounge lizard from the old days. This is party music for people who listen to the words while dancing their asses off.
That's What I Like and Salvation are released on New Warsaw Records. Official release party on March 22 at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St., NYC, coinciding with the band's tenth anniversary.Tour dates:
- 03/16 The Saxon Pub, Austin, TX
- 03/17 Continental Club, Houston, TX
- 03/18 Bomb Shelter, Birmingham, AL
- 03/19 Star Bar, Atlanta, GA
- 03/20 Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
- 03/21 Private party, Washington, Washington DC
- 03/22 Joe's Pub, New York, NY
- 03/28 Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Mass