2 MICS & THE TRUTH: UNPLUGGED & UNHINGED IN AMERICA TO BE RELEASED FRI. JULY 7
JULY 6, 2017 PORTLAND, OR…Boutique microphone company, Ear Trumpet Labs (ETL), celebrates the release of Violent Femmes’ new live album 2 MICS & THE TRUTH: UNPLUGGED & UNHINGED IN AMERICA. Out July 7th, the project was recorded exclusively with a pair of ETL Edwina microphones, featured brightly in neon on the album cover. 2 MICS & THE TRUTH was created while the band was visiting public radio stations and music media outlets across the country in support of their acclaimed ninth studio album, We Can Do Anything. Accompanied by The Horns of Dilemma, their ever-evolving group of multi-instrumentalist backing musicians, the band recorded all-new live performances including rearranged classics, songs played live for the first time, spontaneous requests, and random improvisations.
The pair of Edwina microphones was the perfect vehicle for Gordon Gano (voice and guitar/banjo/fiddle) and Brian Ritchie (acoustic bass guitar and vocal) to play and record in close proximity. Backing musicians were tracked through sound bleed in the tradition of the early jazz, blues, country, rembetika, rockabilly, and folk records. Percussionist John Sparrow’s innovative use of a Weber Grill as a rhythm instrument enabled Violent Femmes to stand close together around the two mics and play in perfect balance with the metallic tones meshing with Ritchie’s acoustic bass and Gano’s strummed guitar.
“The durability, portability and transparency of sound of our two Ear Trumpet Edwina mics enabled us to capture field recordings of Violent Femmes’ raw and acoustic for our new album,” Brian Ritchie notes. “The depth of the audio image is remarkable for mics that are within the budget of most musicians. They also look as cool as they sound!”
“This is the first time we’ve delivered a full scale recording to the public which captures the sound and spirit of the band the way we play together when we’re working out songs in the hotel or dressing room,” says Brian Ritchie. “This project refocuses attention upon the repertoire as a whole by stripping songs to their essentials, conveying them without artifice, and removing them from any timeline. It’s the closest we’ve gotten to the essence of Violent Femmes,” Ritchie elaborates.
2 MICS & THE TRUTH: UNPLUGGED & UNHINGED IN AMERICA will be available on CD, digital download, and 2 LP vinyl, with the latter edition featuring five additional songs.
Violent Femmes will celebrate 2 MICS & THE TRUTH with a wide-ranging North American summer tour including headline shows and a co-headline trek alongside Echo & The Bunnymen beginning Tuesday, July 11 at Philadelphia, PA’s Skyline Stage at The Mann and then continuing through early August. For complete details and ticket information, please see www.vfemmes.com/tour.html.
For more information on Ear Trumpet Labs please visit www.EarTrumpetLabs.com
ABOUT EAR TRUMPET LABS EDWINA MICROPHONE
The Edwina is Ear Trumpet’s most popular model; a versatile large diaphragm condenser microphone designed specifically for demanding live settings. Its smooth, detailed sound excels at multiple stage duties, from vocals to acoustic instruments to drum overheads, as well as serving as a single-source mic capturing voice and instrument together for solo or multiple performers. It also excels in the studio as a warm, accurate recording microphone. In addition to the Violent Femmes, notable users include Andra Day, The Milk Carton Kids, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton and more.
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