Dutch folk noir band The Bullfight have been a hidden treasure for longer than they care to remember. Their brand of orchestral pop somehow failed to reach a Nick Cave or Decemberists-sized audience. Their new double album is two-fists knock on the door marked "recognition". The first CD contains the brand new Shame, Guilt, Deception – individuals chapter I album and the other is a reissue of heir long out of print album One Was A Snake.
The Bullfight are the musical equivalent of a night out at the circus, with an afterparty at a jazz/vaudeville dive. They are melancholic (The Weeping Willow), defiant (That Man, My Life Is Better Than Yours), and can throw down a jig that could have been written by Leonard Cohen (My Comeback). The album as a whole is an old school ballroom dance on the volcano - naming a song Waltz for L.E. is dead giveaway.
Long time followers of the band will like the fact that they revisit One Was A Snake's standout track, the drinking song No Thorns, No Roses on the new album - some stories should never end. The Bullfight have added a new chapter and it's a page turner that leaves you wanting more. Bring on the next one.
Nick Verhoeven: lead vocals
Thomas van der Vliet: guitar, piano, organ
Mark Ritsema: guitar
Eddy Nielsen: double bass
Andre van den Hoek: drums, percussion
Esther Vroegindeweij: violin
Shame, Guilt, Deception – individuals chapter I / One Was A Snake will be released on May 8th on Brandy Alexander Recordings as a 2CD set.Tracks (Shame, Guilt, Deception – individuals chapter I):
- The Weeping Willow
- I Guess I Know By Now
- That Man
- No Thorns, No Roses (reprice)
- My Comeback
- Waltz for L.E.
- Only Her Ladder Led To Fire
- My Life Is Better Than Yours
- That's You Charles
- The Ballroom Blitz
- No Thorns, No Roses
- Remington Blue
- The Staring Cult
- Needle & Suds
- Not Enough To Be Your Deathwish
- Stormsplay Bitter
- Swaying Dimly In Darkness
- 05/06 Rotterdam @ Theater Walhalla
(album release party)
- 06/02 Amsterdam @ De Nieuwe Anita
- 06/03 Vlaardingen @ De Kroepoekfabriek
- 06/24 Rotterdam @ Kopisoesoe