"Nick Cave meets Johnny Cash"
-The Cincinnati Enquirer
"Mournful songs (which mix the moods and textures of Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits and Nick Cave)...A striking cd"
- St. Louis Magazine
"With Their Appalachian echoes & imaginative new lyrics, Orton's songs reach straight for the audience"
-St. Louis Post Dispatch
"Jars you to the strangeness of this American landscape...Deserted fairgrounds, unlit country roads, sawdust floored barrooms, vandalized cemeteries and overstayed debutante balls...Born of inner necessity"
"Melodies that cross numerous genres ranging from country to rock to cabaret... lovely Faulkneresque stories set to music".
"A dark & original slice of Americana"
A mix of Blues, Folk, Country, Cabaret & vintage 60's Garage Rock, The Malediction's sound has affectionately been described as, "Country Noir" or "Gothic Americana".
According to bandleader, Kevin Orton: "It's all just Folk music really...Maybe aggressive Folk but Folk music at heart...I tend to write songs about people who are un-insured".
The Maledictions have their roots in Orton's 2003 solo album, FEMME NOIR, which featured a number of guest artists including The Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano. Soon after, Orton formed The Maledictions and 2005 saw the release of IDLE HANDS.
The band is currently gigging with a new crop of songs, some of which will be featured in an upcoming EP. A new album is also in the works.
MALEDICTION (mal-e-dik-shen): "curse, excecration"-Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary
DICTIONARY (dik-shen-air-ee):"A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic"-The Devil's Dictionary
FEMME NOIR is also currently available on CD baby.
For more on The Maledictions visit their offical site or www.myspace.com/themaledictions.
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