The Brutal Here and Now
The Brutal Here and Now is the follow-up to The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock’s self-titled debut (2008) and was produced and recorded by veteran producer Stephen Shannon and Spook multi- instrumentalist Enda Bates.
The new album expands on the band’s fusion of Irish folk and experimental rock, absorbing the influence of traditional Indian and Italian music with a significantly broader palette of sounds, aided by guest musicians Adrian Harte (violin) and Kim Porcelli (cello). With songs written in English, Irish and Italian, The Brutal Here and Now finds lyricist Allen Blighe exploring the malleability of memory and history. From the frenzied opener “The Tarantella” through to the captivating title track and the rousing finale “The Rattling Hell”, The Brutal Here and Now captures The Spook at the height of their powers.
Since their well-received debut album, The Spook have played the length and breadth of the country, shared the stage with Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine and even toured Japan. The band, whose line-up has expanded to include Ronan Hayes on bass, are currently preparing for an Irish tour to coincide with the album’s release, kicking off at the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork on April 12th. A video for the “The Brutal Here and Now (Part I)” will be released on March 29th.