"While lovers of gritty, post-punk, gothic blues need look no further than Love Life - in fact, you might want to drop some of your other loves - even disparagers of the genre may find Ms. Ford too formidable a force to dismiss. Sounding like the bastard offspring of blues-era Diamanda Galas and a teenage Nick Cave, Ford outdoes both, growling and wailing and offering guttural conciliation while succinctly punctuating the ghastly things that befall the human heart." - Silke Tudor, San Francisco Bay Guardian
Here is Night, Brothers, Here the Birds Burn is Love Life's second record, their first for Jagjaguwar. On it the Baltimore quartet create dark, twisted operatic-rock for the rest of us. Featuring ex-members of Jaks, Universal Order Of Armageddon and The Great Unraveling, their music is the evil carnival without the kitsch. Or the dance of the bull-fight without the sword. It co-mingles the sacred with the profane, making the juxtaposition seem natural. Odd time signatures, driving bass, spooky, multi-layered arrangements and Katrina Ford's uniquely sinister, guttural voice and lyrics...the music of Love Life is unlike anything else.
Having toured the United States four times already, they are now squarely on the tips of the tongues of those in the know. Their live performances are legendary and their debut record, The Rose He Lied By on the Troubleman Unlimited label, received significant critical acclaim. If you are still sitting on the fence and reference points are what you need in order to embrace [the] Love Life, then think The Birthday Party, Thalia Zadek's Uzi, early Pere Ubu, Super Genius-era Circus Lupus and Bauhaus all mashed together and then finely distilled. Here is Night, Brothers, Here the Birds Burn is not for the faint of heart.
(JAG047 released: 07/16/02)