THE HANDSOME FAMILY

+ Daniel Knox

EUROPEAN TOUR - APRIL/MAY 2020

WED 22 APRIL

Goteborg, SE - Musikens Hus

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THU 23 APRIL

Stockholm, SE - Bryggarsalen

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FRI 24 APRIL

Malmo, SE - Folk A Rock

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SAT 25 APRIL

Copenhagen, DE - Hotel Cecil

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MON 27 APRIL

Hamburg, DE - Knust

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TUE 28 APRIL

Groningen, NL - Oosterpoort

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WED 29 APRIL

Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Noord

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FRI 1 May

Lessines, BE - Roots & Roses Festival

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Daniel Knox not performing at this show

SAT 2 MAY

Brighton, UK - St Lukes Church

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SUN 3 MAY

Exeter, UK - Phoenix

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SUN 4 MAY

Cardiff, UK - Globe

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WED 6 MAY

Dublin, IE - Liberty Hall

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THU 7 MAY

Belflast, UK - Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

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SAT 9 MAY

Glasgow, UK - Community Central Hall

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SUN 10 MAY

Gateshead, UK - Sage

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MON 11 MAY

Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds

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TUE 12 MAY

Manchester, UK - St Philip's Church

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THU 14 MAY

Leeds, UK - The Wardrobe

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FRI 15 MAY

Norwich, UK - Norwich Arts Centre

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SAT 16 MAY

Bristol, UK - Redgrave Theatre

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SUN 17 MAY

London, UK - EartH

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THE HANDSOME FAMILY - EUROPEAN TOUR, APRIL/MAY 2020

The Handsome Family

Odessa, originally released in 1994 and Milk And Scissors in 1996 will be re-released by Loose Music is 2020 and available for the first time on vinyl.

For Handsome Family fans these records are a must. Odessa reveals the early style of the band and Milk & Scissors illustrates how their songwriting transformed after Rennie began writing lyrics. On their spring 2020 tour they plan to play selected gems from these new/old records. 

THE HANDSOME FAMILY - EUROPEAN TOUR, APRIL/MAY 2020

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The Handsome Family have written some of the most haunting and beautiful songs in American music. During a 30-year career, Brett and Rennie Sparks have created songs that transform the mundane landscape of modern life into a place of mysterious portent.

Handsome Family songs take place in parking lots and big box stores, under overpasses and in airports. They sing about Custer’s last stand and automatic lawn sprinklers in the same song. Rennie’s lyrics often focus on the myriad creatures that live at the edges of the man-made world: the sparrows, rats, cockroaches and crows that share our cities.

Many great songwriters have covered their work, among them Jeff Tweedy, Jason Lytle, and Andrew Bird as well Christy Moore. David Bowie wrote the words, “The Handsome Family” in a notebook right before his death. Who knows what could have been?

Handsome Family shows are famously relaxed. Their songs can be dark, but there’s always laughter on stage. Rennie sings as well as plays Autoharp, banjo, and uke bass. She often introduces songs with seemingly unrelated stories. Brett, with his stentorian voice, is a powerful presence at center of the stage.
There are a lot of new faces at shows these days, lured by “Far From Any Road,” which became a global hit after it was used as the theme to season one of True Detective. Both Bruce Springsteen and Guns ’N Roses and have used “Far From Any Road” as walk-in music.

In 2020 Loose Music will release their first two records, Odessa (1995) Milk & Scissors (1996), on vinyl LP. This will be the first time these records  have been released in Europe. A tour of Europe in spring of 2020 is planned.

About the making of their first records, Brett says, “I tried to form a band when we first moved to Chicago in 1992. After rehearsing with a string of mullet-headed yacht-rockers, I gave up and decided to make a band with my wife Rennie playing bass and my friend Mike Werner on drums.”

“Rennie and Mike were new to their instruments and my guitar playing was very limited. But that was back in the post-punk days and you could do what you wanted, it didn’t matter if you were technically good, as long as you had songs and ideas.”

“We were influenced by early country and DIY indie rock, and played both kinds of songs in the same chaotic, distorted style. We played every no-pay gig on Chicago’s Division Street we could book.

“At one of these shows we were all wearing sailor outfits and drinking heavily. My glasses fell off my face and when I stomped on a distortion pedal I broke them in half— that was the night Patrick Monaghan of Carrot Top Records asked if we wanted to put out a record on his new label. That same night Dave Trumfio offered to record a free, professional "demo tape" for us.

We were astounded that anyone was paying attention to our songs given our chaotic stage presence.”

For Handsome Family fans these records are a must. Odessa reveals the early style of the band and Milk & Scissors illustrates how their songwriting transformed after Rennie began writing lyrics. On their spring 2020 tour they plan to play selected gems from these new/old records.