Archive for February 22nd, 2011

February 22, 2011

The Curse of the Mummy: Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band at Showbox SoDo

Robotanists recently reported that they had covered Radiohead’s new album, King of Limbs, in its entirety in 24 hours. On the opposite end of the songwriting spectrum, it took Josh Ritter two years to complete his latest release, which he has admitted is “the most difficult album [he’s] made so far.”

Spawned from a dream about a mummy falling in love with a Victorian archeologist (what? who hasn’t had that dream before?), So Runs the World Away tackles themes of vividly described exploration. The album was written in conjunction with Josh’s first novel, tentatively titled Bright’s Passage, and the lyrics are rich and colorful. The album ranges from droning guitars and gentle vocals to hard hitting, repeatitive beats that nearly overpower Josh’s shouts. Overall, the album is true to it’s theme of exploration and it is clear Josh stretched the boundaries of his musical comfort zone.

Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band are headlining at Showbox Sodo tonight with support from one of our favorite Scottish songsters, Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit.

2/22 Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band/Scott Hutchinson at Showbox SoDo :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $27 at the door :: All Ages

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