The Bloody Angle Debut Album

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The Bloody Angle plays southern-fried swamp rock,
with a touch of Americana and a hint of country. Gritty guitars, lap-steel,
and finger-picking support vocal harmonies and traditional keyboard
tones. The sound conjures the southern countryside, civil war battlefields
and back road watering holes. Influences include Drive By Truckers, Jack
White and Neil Young.
The eponymous debut album hit the street on October
16, 2012. The album was recorded entirely in the analog realm, at producer-songwriter
Matt Singleton’s studio in the Central Virginia countryside. “We
wanted to produce a record that was warm, immediate, and spontaneous.”
quotes Singleton. “This album was a direct backlash against the modern
style of making music… no edits, no grid, no auto-tune. We wrote
and performed together in the studio, and captured the songs to tape
as they came out, warts and all.” When the record was finished,
the band had the vinyl masters cut directly from the analog tape. “As
far as we can tell, there is only one guy around who even does this
anymore. Carl Rowatti, at Trutone Mastering Labs in New York. We went
up and watched him cut it. So cool.”
The songs toggle between personal stories and character
driven studies. The common thread is the southern landscape, where the
stories live among the soldiers, drunks, bible-thumpers and other characters
that Singleton either encounters, inhabits, or pulls from the pages
of history.
The band is named after a section of the confederate
line at the battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, during the Civil War.
The fighting there was particularly intense, with over 18,000 men killed
or injured in a 24 hour period of hand-to-hand combat. “We wanted
the name to be on the dark side, to have some local roots, and have
an element of southern history.” says Singleton. “In fact,
one of the first songs I wrote when we started working on this project
was an illustration of this battle, from a young confederate soldiers
point of view. It ended up being the first song on the record.”
The Bloody Angle was formed when Singleton and guitarist
Jason Butler got together in early 2011. “Jason had just had a project
go south on him, and I had been out of the performing scene for a while,
focusing on producing and recording other acts from up and down the
coast.” says Matt. “He posted on Facebook that he was looking
to start a project, and I gave him a shout.” Singleton had produced
a record for Butler’s band Whitebird in 2005, and they had enjoyed
working together. “We knew we had similar influences, and ideas about
how a record should sound.” Says Butler. “It was pretty apparent
from early on that we had a good chemistry, and that our playing complimented
each other well”. After about six months of writing and demoing, they
brought in drummer Dustin Bugg and bassist Brian Temples, and started
working on the album in earnest. “Dustin, Brian and I had already
played together in a project in the early 2000’s, so it was a pretty
easy call to bring them in” says Singleton. “We wrote a song
together the first night in the studio in about 20 minutes.”
After over a year in the studio, the band is excited
about the upcoming release, and live performances. “We have all been
doing this a long time.” says Singleton. “The chemistry is
there. It’s been a long time coming, and we are pretty proud of this
record. We can’t wait until it drops, and we hit the stage to bring
it live”.

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