The Handsome Family

Date:Wed 21 Mar
Time:7pm (doors)
Venue:J1
Price:£19.50 adv

In 2015 The Handsome Family became best known for providing the theme tune to Season 1 of HBO's hit TV drama series True Detective, introducing them to a whole new audience and a whole load of new fans. In the two years since, the featured song, Far From Any Road, has been streamed over 50 million times and counting. The Handsome Family suddenly became a little less of a secret.

However, even before this worldwide success, the band weren't short of admirers, counting Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr amongst their fans, and with the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Amanda Palmer, Cerys Matthews, Christy Moore and Andrew Bird all having covered their songs.

The Handsome Family have released 11 albums since 1995's Odessa. Their 1998 album Through The Trees was named by Mojo magazine as one of the "10 essential Americana records of all time", with The Guardian calling the album's opening track, Weightless Again, one of the "100 best songs ever written about heartbreak". Uncut declared their 2000 album In The Air to be "One of the most important records of the 21st century".

In 2016, the band released Unseen. The highly anticipated new record explored the unseen stories, people and places of the American west. It was greeted with rave reviews from the international press including Uncut, American Songwriter, Classic Rock, Rolling Stone France, The Irish Times, The Independent, No Depression and Mojo Magazine, the latter of which declared the album to be "The Handsome Family's masterpiece".

Following the success of their new album and as they continue to sell out shows around the world, The Handsome Family have announced their biggest UK tour to date. Brett Sparks (guitar/vocals) and Rennie Sparks (banjo/bass/vocals) are joined on tour by drummer Jason Toth and multi-instrumentalist Alex MacMahon.

"The Handsome Family - as funny as fuck, as sweet as love, and as serious as death" UNCUT

"Beautifully surreal" THE INDEPENDENT

"Haunting, primal and strangely heroic" THE TIMES

"They come from Hell's ditch armed with love" NME

"they cast a mesmeric, almost meditative spell over the audience with their midnight dark urban folk Rennie's barbarous short story lyrics all sharp edged lustre" AMERICANA UK

All under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Doors open 7pm.

All prices shown include booking fees.

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