SPOTTISWOODE & HIS ENEMIES' latest release, BUILDING A ROAD, is a new departure for the band. Recorded in four glorious days, and produced by the band, it captures the Enemies in a gospel mode. With the addition of piano, accordion and backing vocals, the band travels a jagged path to redemption.
Spottiswoode has been compared to Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and David Bowie. His response: "Tom Waits would never do anything in bad taste; Leonard Cohen couldn't be upbeat if his life depended upon it; Nick Cave is a prisoner of his own tortured hipness; David Bowie hasn't uttered an honest word in his life." In vain, he waits for a comparison with his true idol, Bob Dylan. He is clearly delusional.
SPOTTISWOODE & HIS ENEMIES are:
Spottiswoode: guitars, vocals
Kevin Cordt: trumpet, toy piano, vocals
Candace De Bartolo: saxophone, clarinet, vocals
Riley McMahon: guitars, lap steel, mandolin
Tim Vaill: drums
John Young: bass
BUILDING A ROAD also features special guests:
Renee Cologne, Alexis England, Victoria Villalobos: backing vocals
Tony Lauria: accordion
Kenny White: piano, hammond organ, wurlitzer
The CD was engineered and mixed by Gene Holder at Jolly Roger Recording in Hoboken, N.J.