SEARCHING FOR THE SUPERTRUTH (The title is borrowed from cosmic evolution theorist Rich Blundell) is a distinctive and diverse follow up to their acclaimed debut BROTHERS IN BROOKLYN and while it will continue to attract comparisons to Big Star, it also reaches out into new psychedelic realms and is filled with grand strings, strange poetry and backwards guitars. While the Americana narrative of the debut and recent EP Darkest Before The Dawn continues through tracks like Still Believe in You, Strange Glue and Dusty in Memphis, the emphasis and movement is towards the cosmic and mystical, more I Am The Cosmos than Back of a Car, making this the Spires’ most accomplished and moving release yet.
What is the supertruth? You’ll know when you find it. The answer’s all inside.
The record is produced by The Dreaming Spires and mixed by Rowland Prytherch, with additional production from Nick Holton and Tony Poole. Guest musicians include Sarah Cracknell (St Etienne), Tony Poole (Starry Eyed & Laughing), Jackie Oates, Nick Holton (Black Hearted Brother) and “Free Jazz” Geoff Widdowson (Danny and the Champions of the World).
THE DREAMING SPIRES are brothers Robin and Joe Bennett, who also handle most instrumental duties, with Jamie Dawson on drums and percussion. Regular live guitarist Nick Fowler (also of Gaz Coombes’ band) contributes guitar to many tracks. Known to some as “the Notorious Bennett Brothers”, Robin and Joe have carved out some renown as accomplished musicians as well as co-founders of acclaimed festivals, a label and even a record store.
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Their musical pedigree includes stints in Goldrush and Danny & the Champs, touring and recording with Mark Gardener of Ride, and collaborations with everyone from Gary Louris of The Jayhawks to Garth Hudson of The Band, Mercury Rev to Saint Etienne (the brothers recently headlined The Barbican as members of the present live incarnation of Saint Etienne). Joe also plays with fellow travelers Co_Pilgrim and Robin co-writes with several other acts and has his own side-project Dusty Sound System.
From their earliest guise (a band called Whispering Bob who released a mini-album in the late 90s and received airplay from radio legends John Peel and, naturally, Bob Harris) the Bennett brothers have long straddled a line between the influence of roots music, classic 60s pop and their youthful love of indie rock from both sides of the Atlantic, always anchored by their distinctive harmonies in the tradition of The Everly Brothers and The Byrds.
Upcoming live dates:
The Palladium Club - Bideford - Saturday 21st March
The Lousiana - Bristol - Sunday 22nd March