photos by Caleb Heller
"The unlikely duo of former Belle and Sebastian singer and cellist Isobel Campbell, and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, QOTSA, Gutter Twins) remain initially elusive in order to allow anticipation, as well as the crowd itself in the Bowery Ballroom, to build. Sauntering silently on, backed by a four-piece band, the pair launch into the opener from new album Hawk; 'We Die and See Beauty Reign,' a track that wouldn't sound out of place in David Lynch's Twin Peaks' 'Red Room'; a dream-inducing, pulsating slow dance to hypnotize every listener. Followed by most recent single 'Come Undone,' Lanegan, with words on a music stand in front of him, assumes his trademark stance, gripping the microphone with right-hand, stand with left, wincing with every note and watching over his female counterpart like Halloween's killer Michael Myers. Campbell on the other hand, who has produced the new album, is noticeably nervous, delivering her breathless vocals perfectly, but shifting around to involve her beloved cello and as many obscure percussion instruments in each song as possible." [The Arcane Review]Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell brought their Hawk-supporting tour to Bowery Ballroom on 10/16, their first of two NYC dates with Willy Mason (the last being Sunday, 10/17, at Music Hall of Williamsburg). That's a review of the Bowery show above. Pictures from that show are also in this post.
Mark Lanegan was, as it says above, the frontman for Screaming Trees in the 90s. A pair of vocalists of a similar persuasion: Greg Dulli (of Afghan Whigs, and collaborator in Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins with Lanegan) and Craig Wedren (of Shudder To Think) are on tour and will play Bowery Ballroom on 10/19 (tomorrow) as part of CMJ. Badges or tickets (which are still available) will get you in.
More pictures from Mark and Isobel's Bowery show, with the setlist, below...
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan