Monday, 12 February 2018

The Builders and the Butchers

Mrs S & I are back at home, warming our extremities in front of the wood-burner at Swede Towers, after a few days spent in the freezing metropolis. Our proposed visit to Oxford was unfortunately reduced to the briefest of stopovers this time around, but we liked what we saw and hope to return for a longer stay one of these days. Before we hit the road, I grabbed a fistfull of CDs to soundtrack our jaunt, the first of which, pulled from the glove compartment at random as we sped out of Norfolk, was the 2007 debut album by Portland's The Builders and the Butchers. 'Bottom of the Lake' is a cautionary tale of what might transpire if you fail to settle your debts.

'...I had one outstanding loan I couldn't pay,
oh, but I will pay
'cos my life they stole away...' 

The Builders and the Butchers - Bottom of the Lake


George said...

Is this typical of the album? They might be worth investigating if it is.

The Swede said...

I was going to use the term Gothic Folk in the post - it kind of sums up the feel of their early stuff. This is the strongest track on the album in my opinion, but there's plenty more good stuff on it. A kindly soul has put the whole LP up on YouTube.

Rol said...

That's very good. Reminds me of the Decemberists.

Welcome home.

The Swede said...

You're not wrong Rol.

Rickety Rackety said...

Love this. Best bit of rock and roll I've heard for a wee while.

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