After six albums of songs screeched from the outs with Patches and Gretchen; Thelonesomekid is the reformation of all that brought right up to the door. From frenetic, Stooges-style songs to the sorrow of one person thrown down; elegant compositions beneath first person accounts, and shifting voices from the Other's holding pen.
Jasper Winestone, Interminor Ovate, UK
Matt Patton (Drive-By Truckers) talks about the new album....we hope you will join us this Saturday night, December 27, 2014 at the premiere in St. Paul!
The debut record by Minnesota band ThelonesomeKid is something I almost missed being a part of. I heard all the mixes when I got off one leg of a tour this year. It was love at first listen.
I'm in and and out of the Dial Back Sound studio a lot, enough to keep up on most things coming through town. It was to my regret that this awesome thing had taken place in Water Valley and I had missed it. Bronson Tew and I worked on a lot of things while I was home that particular time and at the end of those nights we kept coming back to those mixes. Over a short period of time a song sequence came to me that the band agreed was pretty nice. And, before we mastered it, as luck would have it, I even got to lay down a bass line. Here's a trippy video the band made for the record featuring that track. Jimbo Mathus also lays down some nasty vocals on here. This record comes out online Christmas and the release party is 12/27 in St. Paul, MN and I couldn't be more proud for them!
Review From topeka's Michael dill!
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Gretchen Seichrist and her new band Thelonesomekid. Nor is it any secret that I dislike hyperbole very much. I tend to respond to it in my typical contrarian fashion by discounting it entirely and avoiding whatever it may be that is being hyped.
This puts me in something of a quandary: How can I possibly tell you about this new album by Thelonesomekid, entitled "iamthelonesomekid" without resorting to that very hyperbolic language I claim to detest? When I tell you this album is simply amazing, am I stooping to lazy hype? Or if I say the song "My Bed" is breathtakingly beautiful, does it sound like oversell? Will you just discount everything I say about the album if I tell you that the song "Heartfelt News" is a stunning and impressive example of a pure punk rave-up, or that the haunting and errie "Funnels" raises goose-bumps on my arms?
The point is, this new album is probably the strongest recording I've ever heard from Gretchen Seichrist, and she's no neophyte to recording, having six albums to her credit with her old band Patches and Gretchen. But it is, and I simply can't say enough good about it- can't avoid using those dreadful adjectives and adverbs- which for once, are entirely appropriate. You should get it, and here are the links so you can do just that. Out digitally on December 25 (Merry Christmas to you!) and in physical format on December 27.
Merry Kringlemas! Thelonesomekid album is released online today!!!! You may now purchase it here in handmade limited CDR edition form at Thelonesomekid store or the full digital album. The digital album is also available at CD Baby and https://iamthelonesomekid.bandcamp.com/
Check out this incredible note from our Friend, Arne Fogel!
I just got done listening to the entire Thelonesomekid album, front to back, for the second time tonight. I agree 100% with what Mr. Dill has said. I like all of Gretchen's albums, mind you, but this one is a sonic masterpiece. I try sometimes to understand my own brain and what it is about certain artists or certain performances of wildly divergent types of music that can, nevertheless, similarly give me such eye-opening pleasure. I think I figured it out: I love artists who can succeed at what they set out to be, musically, remain unique unto themselves while doing it, and yet remain totally, unaffectedly, natural. This is something that great artists do. This is something Gretchen does. Gretchen's writing has never been more colorful, or thought-provoking. One moment you are totally relating to the sense-memory she pulls up from inside of you; the next moment she's painting a word-picture of something you've never heard, seen, or dreamt. Her voice has never been more resonant. The band comes up with the perfect sound and the perfect vibe to fulfill the mission. Splendid work, you (lonesome) kids.
"ThelonesomeKid" will not be a lonesome album! This latest effort by talented Gretchen Seichrist and her band sparkles and shimmers while being infused with true Memphis soul. This album has "breakthrough hit" painted all over it, it's sure to sell quickly. Everyone will want to add this remarkable piece of work to their collection. -Vikki Lee " Congratulations on your new work" - Ramblin' Jack Elliott