With melodic, slightly off-kilter tunes and a subtle, understated musicality, FELLAHEEN carves out a lyrical mix of sit-down indie rock n roll, scratchy blues, and downbeat jazz, informed with a murky existential wit. Upright bass, clink-clank drums, and guitars both absurd and sublime intersect to create an unique and invigorating listening experience.
Fellaheen's 2014 album release, You Either Get Hands or Get Wings, received widespread critical acclaim and extensive airplay on adult-album-alternative stations across the US, Canada, and Europe. The band's previous release, Death & Frolic, released in 2011, won the band a whole new legion of fans and brought with it increased exposure and airplay worldwide for Fellaheen; it was also named by Chuck Elliott of Philadelphia’s WXPN as one of the top ten albums of 2011.
Tim Merricks at AmericanaUK writes that “Fellaheen continues to knock out downbeat existential blues fused with surreal jazz held together with whiskey-soaked gypsy hellfire lyrics to die young to. This is how it’s supposed to be, all ye pretenders to the throne. It’s a rare treat to hear raw, soulful, alt-country sound so original and pleasantly beat-up when produced this way.”
Fellaheen live features Joe Borthwick (upright bass, vocals), Bruce Hanson (vocals, guitar, banjo, words & music), and Kerry Watson (drums), and other friends contribute when they can.
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