04 Sep House Above The Sun Added to London Folk & Roots Festival
‘Powerful, folk-hewn storytelling… strikingly personal lyricism’ Clash Magazine
‘The new single from House Above The Sun… recalls both Television and Son Volt’ Americana UK
House Above The Sun are to play the London Folk & Roots Festival bill in the run up to the release of their debut LP ‘Five Hours North’ on October 27.
The London four piece join the likes of Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Mark Eitzel & Bernard Butler and Sam Outlaw on the festival, which takes place in various London venues from October 28-Novermber 18. They join hotly tipped Irish troubadour Marc O’Reilly for a show at The Islington on November 16.
In keeping with the band’s individual mesh of alternative, folk, blues and country flavours is picking up support from traditionally indie outlets like Clash and God Is In The TV as well as more roots-focussed sites like Americana UK, Houston Music Review, Maverick Magazine and The Daily Country.
The South London four piece’s ‘Five Hours North’ album, out on October 27, showcases their bohemian grooves and the vivid, often highly personal lyrics of songwriter and frontman Jim Moreton.
A beatnik air recalls Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’, as vast and dramatic landscapes of America figure largely in the consciousness of their rich and spiritual lyrics, from vivid depictions of alligators basking in a Florida lagoon (‘Find A Warmer Place’) to ‘Tonopah’, which recalls a road trip through the Nevada desert. The album’s title, snipped from ‘Tonopah’, clarifies the recurring themes of movement and travel. The seductive opener ‘Runaway Devil’ and other tracks such as: ‘No Virtue’, meanwhile, call out the more corrupt and mercenary extremes of human nature.
Album: Five Hours North
Single: Runaway Devil