Bad Books (acoustic)
with Harrison Hudson
: Nashville Sunday Night presented by Lightning 100 & Yuengling
Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 8:00 PM CDT
(6:00 PM Doors)
3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN
The second collaboration between singer/songwriter Kevin Devine and Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra, Bad Books II finds these two extraordinary tunesmiths untethered from their respective brands, joining forces to reach new stylistic and emotional terrain. Accompanied by members of Manchester Orchestra – with guitarist Robert McDowell also producing and keyboardist/percussionist Chris Freeman once again supplying distinctive album art – Hull and Devine offer up a series of magnificently etched songs which light upon everything from anthemic stadium rock (“The After Party”) and reflective balladry (“42”) to energetic bubblegum (“No Sides”), gloriously baroque psychedelia (“Petite Mort”), and whistling big beat pop (“Forest Whitaker”). The real-time sound of a group of talented friends synthesizing into something altogether more cohesive and accessible, Bad Books II reveals a remarkable new band in the truest sense, emboldened and at ease enough to set out together for places unknown.
“Bad Books is my therapeutic outlet,” says Hull, “a place I can go and do whatever I want in the moment. Somehow, amazingly, it works out.”
“There’s an openness and a playfulness to it,” Devine says, “but it’s still pretty serious music. It’s a weird combination – we take the songs very seriously but we let ourselves loosen up about the results in a way that’s different from either of our more personal projects. In a weird way, that allows for us to go certain places we might not go on our own.”
Justifiably proud of what they’ve accomplished together, Bad Books plan to continue to develop their union with considerable touring. Full-scale itineraries are currently being planned for North America, Europe, and Australia.