Om The Handsome Family
The Handsome Family blev dannet i 1993 og udgøres af ægteparret Rennie og Brett Sparks – hun skriver teksterne og han musikken; Rennie håndterer bas og banjo, Brett guitar og keys og begge bidrager med vokaler. Duoen, der oprindeligt havde base i Chicago, Illinois, men nu om dage hører til i Albuquerque, New Mexico, er bedst kendt for sangen “Far From Any Road” fra albummet “Singing Bones” (2003), der således fungerede som tema-sang for den både populære og kritikerroste TV-serie “True Detective” (2014). The Handsome Family albumdebuterede med “Odessa” i 1994 og har siden udgivet yderligere ni album, hvoraf “Unseen” (2016) er det seneste. Mens duoen i de indledende år havde et vist fokus på rock-musik, så koncentrerer Sparks-parret sig nu om dage om et mere afdæmpet og afbalanceret americana-udtryk.
Interview med Rennie Sparks
What can the audience expect from the show?
“A towering inferno. A sinking ship. Also, Brett is determined never to break the phrase while singing. It will be like Frank Sinatra singing in the palm of King Kong’s gigantic hand. Not to be missed!”
What merch do you bring?
“All merch, while appearing somewhat normal, is actually carefully designed holograms that contain American nano-chip technology that shall follow purchaser throughout the rest of their natural lives. No movement, no thought, no cry for help now will be left unrecorded. You will become an honorary American and will be included in our secret Armageddon plans. No access to doomsday spaceship with purchases below the equivalent of $100 USD. Available in CD, LP, Bear shirt or original artwork.”
Which song do you prefer performing live?
“We will attempt to sing the ancient song that the dinosaurs sung as the meteor came hurdling towards them. We will prove at last that dinosaurs were complicit in their own demise, actually raising their great trumpeting cry to call the greatest meteorite that has ever collided with our planet in order to cover their secret escape into the hollow earth’s core.”
How have your most recent concerts been?
“Very, very sad, indeed. Have you ever sang until your heart bleeds only to open your eyes and find an empty room?”
Which live act (band and/or artist) is your favorite – and why?
“Frank Sinatra. He was a US government agent and his blue eyes launched the first US chain restaurants all around the world to start the greatest empire of shopping and distraction ever devised. Meet us at McDonald’s after the show!”
What are your plans for the summer and autumn?
“Digging downward beneath the foundation of our house to find the dinosaurs. Did you know dinosaurs had colorful feathers? I am determined to knit a cape of such feathers in order to impress neighborhood teenagers at last.”
“There’s a pleasing congruence between the way that the surreal invades the ordinary in Rennie Sparks’s lyrics, and the way that Brett Sparks’ voice and music illuminates that invasion.” (The Independent, 2016 – læs hele anmeldelsen)
“Unseen may not cheer you up, but it will compel and fascinate anyone with an appetite for great songwriting.” (AllMusic, 2016 – læs hele anmeldelsen)