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Badmans

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HAWN’s second offering. Something of a synth-pop album, which also functions as a work of social theater, whose actors—menaced and menacing victims of all kinds of violence—plod through a beautiful and terrifying aural terrain, singing songs of personal damnation and small triumph. They’re aided musically by the strains of decrepit club beats, broken poker machines, flatlining EKGs, New-Age meditation soundtracks, and greasy gales of wind. Cold and aloof on its surface, grieving in its substratum, with a core of molten anger, Badmans offers a radically negative vision of the contemporary world.

credits

released September 13, 2015

John Craun: Synth
Michael Lee: Vocals

Recorded at Thank Tank by John Craun.
Additional recording by Feathermeal.
Tapes on "Seen It" by Jeff Byrd.
Mastered by James Plotkin

All songs Craun/Lee except "Parchman's Farm" (Bukka White), and "Shenandoah" (Herman Melville).

Thank you: Michael Winter and Jeff Byrd.

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HAWN New Orleans, Louisiana

A truly odd, outré folk band, devout and radical in equal measure, HAWN crosses hot wires in the cool mortuary of Tradition. Soul, blues, badman balladry and campfire songs collide in a broad American vision that includes more than a hint of the Lynchian uncanny. No banjos or acoustic guitars here, but jacked electronics that pump, churn and erupt around Lee’s injured, near-cloying voice. ... more

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