Release Date: April 16, 2021
Label: IM Records
Location: Portland, Oregon
Album Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)
Libby Lux – Lead Vocals & Banjolele
Michael Sinner – Resonator Guitar
Lightnin’ Luke – Fiddle
Clyde McGee – Banjo
Scott Michaud – Upright Bass
Supporting back up vocals on “Rock Bottom” by Connor O’Neal, Shawn D’Amario, & Spencer Mode of the all mighty Tejon Street Corner Thieves. Supporting screams on “The Fear” by Veronica Sendejas & Jesse Edward Sendejas. Supporting back up vocals on “Unholy Hymns” by Connor O’Neal, Shawn D’Amario, Spencer Mode, Whitney Flynn & a girl named Lyz. Trombone on “Unholy Hymns” by Andrew Carew of Larry and His Flask. Guitar on “The Devil’s Swing” played by Clyde McGee.
Front cover BCS symbol designed by Michael Sinner. Back cover victrola art by Anastasia Guzinskaya. Layout and all other album art by Cud Eastbound.
Engineered & Mixed by Jesse Payne at LowShelf Recording in Portland, OR
Engineered & produced by Lightnin’ Luke
Mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio in Portland, OR
Mastering for vinyl by Adam Gonsalves Telegraph Audio Portland, OR
All songs written by the Bridge City Sinners
Favorite Tracks: The Devil’s Swing, Rock Bottom, Departed, Love Of Mine, The Legend of Olog-hai, Pt. 1 and 2, The Damned, and Unholy Hymns
Sounds Like: Days N’ Daze, Amigo the Devil, Crow Cavalier, Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Flogging Molly, Frank Turner, The Dolly Rots, The Jazz Spiders, The Damed, and The Dead South
As summer comes to an end. Things begin to get colder and darker. The shadows grow bigger, as daylight is slowly overtaken. The dead rise to to walk among the living and Bridge City sinners are leading the pack with their new release, “Unholy Hymns”. The record actually has two amazing stories combined into 11 tracks. The record begins, “The Devil’s Swing”, plunges the listener into a darkened barroom where the shadows playfully dance to this jazz infused track. The skeletons arise as if commanded by Lightnin’ Luke’s incredible fiddle. You too will be dancing along under the Devil’s magic spell. This track has some huge potential for movies and TV shows as it currently sits at 2k streams on YouTube.
Now our barroom is empty except for one single solitary soul and a band behind her. They are covered in darkness. As if to provide comfort from shadow only. Libby Lux’s vocals on “Rock Bottom” will draw you as she sings her tale. The Devil plays bartender has he continues to provide the nonstop rounds of alcohol. Every aspect of the track is beautifully written.
“Depression, Hello my old friend, It’s so good to see you again, At least with you I won’t die alone”Rock Bottom – Unholy Hymns – Bridge City Sinners
Call in the skeletons the party has returned on “Departed”. It’s time to dance to this lively track. Be ready as you cannot control it. You’re under Libby’s spell now, move those dancing shoes! “Pick Your Poison” continues this zombie-like trance. Here’s another track with large potential. The story seems to be about getting over a lover, and having as much fun as possible in the process. The old Appalachian sound is given new life by Libby and amazing back up vocals. “Devil Like You”, tells the tale of a marriage gone bad and how it can turn seemingly normal folk into monsters. Unfortunately I am unsure who the male supporting vocal is on the track, but he is damn good!
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“Love of Mine” feels like it changes the tone from a 30-40’s sound to more of an early 50-60’s iconic sound side like The Animals or the Shangri La’s. Libby’s vocal’s feel like a cross between Amy Winehouse and Adele, and meet in the middle to provide a perfect overlay, while the backup singers support from the wings. I can picture our barroom dark and spooky, with a single spotlight on our singer. Only going out to focus on our skeletal dance troupe as they return to take the stage. The heavy bass brings us closer to end as we start our journey into the forest.
Deep in the dark forest of the Appalachian mountains a demon sits waiting for you to join him on, “The Legend of Olog-hai, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2”. Acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, lead you into this forlorn journey only to arrive within the demon’s cave. This may be a reference to the mountain trolls from J. R. R. Tolkien’s, “Lord of The Rings”. As Libby sings the tale, our demon joins in singing the ballad, giving the track a terrifying tone, yet as I listened, a little hesitant and unsure, I was glued to her voice and remaining humanity.
Our heroine has escaped the cave and trudges through the forest as “The Fear” extends its massive black cloud. A dark mass of foreboding uncertainty and all consuming evil, that destroys all in it’s path. The demon continues to echo Libby as she screams in pure agony. The tune reminds me of Disney’s “The Headless Horseman” as Ichabod Crane tries to flee from certain death. Will Libby meet her fate as did poor old Ichabod? We are nearing the end with “The Damned”. The full orchestra brings doom and gloom, as poor Libby is consumed by the Fear.
Our heroine has met her fate as we have reached the end of the story with, “Unholy Hymns”. The gentle pick of the acoustic guitar will not save her now as she confronts her past and future. This is by far my favorite track as orchestra and trombone lead her descent into the bowels of hell. Andrew Carew’s trombone (Larry and His Flask) is outright phenomenal.
“Matthew, Mark, Luke And James, It’s Time To March The Saints To Their Graves, It’s Me Against The World In This Fable, Which One Is Cain And Which One Is Abel?”Unholy Hymns – Unholy Hymns – Bridge City Sinners
In conclusion, Bridge City Sinners, “Unholy Hymns”, is an amazing piece of dark Americana with a story driven musical singalong. The potential for this album to hit movies and television will not only help achieve new fans, but keep present day fans asking for more. The very best part about “Unholy Hymns”? It doesn’t matter how punk rock you think you are. You’ll be dancing to that swing beat in no time.
You can catch Bridge City Sinners tonight in Colorado Springs, 10/01 and 10/02 Denver (With Daze N Days). Oh and you luck folks going to the festivals below can see them as well! CPRA has more in store with BCS. Stay Tuned!
Psycho Fest – Las Vegas, NV (Aug,2021)
Punk Rock Bowling – Las Vegas (Sep,2021)
Muddy Roots – Cookeville, TN (Sep,2021)
Moonrunners – Chicago, IL (Oct,2021)
The Fest – Gainesville, FL (Oct,2021)
Boomtown Fair – United Kingdom (2022)
Rebellion Fest – United Kingdom (2022)
Resist to Exist – Berlin, Germany (2022)
SBÄM Fest, Tabakfabrik, Linz, Austria (2022)
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