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2001
| BS 081
$6.95

High Seas

On this album they've layered the sound up with dusty cloaks of reverb and echo and created a hillbilly noir classic. It's the Cramps, Dock Boggs, and Hasil Adkins all fronted by the hypnotizing vocals of Melissa Swingle.

Full Description

As is their wont, Trailer Bride takes you south, where the woods are full of uneasy stories, where time and history are fluid notions, able to jump out from behind tangled bushes to wreak havoc on your present and where the shadows are full of weary, haunted characters.  It's the Cramps, Dock Boggs, and Hasil Adkins all fronted by the hypnotizing vocals of Melissa Swingle.  It's a must for anyone who likes the creepy-still moments right before the thunderstorm hits

For their third record, High Seas, they've layered the sound up with dusty cloaks of reverb and echo and created a hillbilly noir classic. Swingle's dusky vocals riding atop layers of moaning, swirling guitars, weird wah-wah pedal banjo and ethereal saw playing, wrap the melancholy, hypnotic longing carried by folks with the whiff of a lost soul.

It's got love songs to clog-dancing folk hero Jesco ("Jesco"), chiggers and all them other bugs that bite ("Itchin For You"), and the hillbilly sea shanty of "High Seas."

Trailer Bride is the spookiest, sexiest, catchiest band ever.  Let them cast their spell on you. 

Choice Cuts:
Jesco
High Seas
Itchin' For You
Ghost of Mae West

Short Description
  • ... too graceful to be campy, and chilling ballads are orchestrated perfectly to pluck at you like branches in the dark.

    — Chicago Reader
  • A spooky, swampy triumph. The lyrics fall somewhere between the gothic textures of Flannery O'Connor and the cosmic ramblings of a junkyard dealer who's huffed too much gasoline while listening to Tom Waits records.

    — No Depression
  • Swingle spins tales of dancing outlaws and avenging ghosts that'd scare the bejesus out of even the most stoic listeners. The band takes it all in stride, though, playing reverb-laden death waltzes and hypnotic hymns. It's one of the year's best.

    — San Francisco Bay Guardian

Track List

  • 1. Jesco
  • 2. High Seas
  • 3. Under Your Spell
  • 4. Itchin' For You
  • 5. Ghost of Mae West
  • 6. Wilderness
  • 7. Crickets
  • 8. Thankful Dirt
  • 9. Barcelona
  • 10. Drift in D
  • 11. All Thine
  • 12. Run Rosie Run
  • 13. Bird Feet Feelings

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