With the impending release of The Feast Of Three Arms, the fifth album from San Francisco-based horrorbilly/alternative bluegrass act THE PINE BOX BOYS, nears release next week, the storytellers have issued another chapter from this ill-omened tale with a stream of “Rise” at New Noise Magazine.
Over the course of four prior albums, San Francisco’s THE PINE BOX BOYS have charted the course of a killer named Willie who, accompanied by a rogue’s gallery of other nefarious types, slashed a bloody career across the south and westward to the territories. On their fifth album, The Feast Of Three Arms, the murder balladeers introduce us to Willie’s cousin, Jubal with No Last Name, and his quest to kill the man that did his mama wrong. This detailed tail is delivered through seventeen movements, with Raww leading each ballad with a spoken oration, setting the scene for each subsequent musical segment of this ominious tale to unfold. The album features guest contributions of fiddle by Alisa Rose and keys by Nigel Pavao, was recorded at Coast Recording and mixed at Discrete Recording, both in San Francisco, and completed with artwork by Tabitha “Stabitha” Lahr.
Issues the band in their storyteller perspective, “In their song ‘Rise,’ THE PINE BOX BOYS explore the connection between contemporary religion and zombies. Despite how that sounds, the song is quite touching and even tender.”
Stream THE PINE BOX BOYS’ “Rise” At New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Also hear the previously-issued “Mighty, Mighty Preacher” playing at Bloody-Disgusting HERE.
The Feast Of Three Arms will be released on THE PINE BOX BOYS’ own imprint, LTR, a division of Hollins & Hollins Mortuary Entertainment, with distribution through City Hall Records, on CD and all digital platforms on October 21st. Preorders are live RIGHT HERE.
THE PINE BOX BOYS have also posted several new live performances surrounding the release of The Feast Of Three Arms, including a hometown record release show for the album at San Francisco’s The Elbo Room on November 4th. Additional gigs include a show this Saturday, October 5th in Sacramento, October 29th in McKinleyville, and November 5th in Oakdale, with additional outings being plotted.
THE PINE BOX BOYS Live:
10/15/2016 The Hideaway Bar and Grill – Sacramento, CA
10/29/2016 Six Rivers Brewery – McKinleyville, CA
11/04/2016 The Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA *Record Release Show
11/05/2016 Knights Ferry General Store Saloon and Grill – Oakdale, CA
THE PINE BOX BOYS began as a project dreamed up by Lester T. Raww, brought into existence in 2003, a bluegrass band dedicated to both preserving and updating the craft of the southern murder ballad, aspiring to lift the form to operatic heights. Along the way they have slain many lads and lasses, wept for many lost loves, and raised many bitter zombies. Raww himself was weaned on the murder ballad. “Knoxville Girl,” “Pretty Saro, “Omie Wise,” and others were sung by Mama Raww, as she coaxed the troubled troubadour to fitful sleep. Raww tried his hand at composing an original song or two for the band and found that he had struck a vein. Performers of songs of murder and misery, and often described as “horrorbilly” and “bloodgrass,” the band is fully realized with Lester T. Raww on vocals and guitar, Alex “Possum” Carvidi on banjo and keys, Col. Timothy Leather handling the bass, and Steven “Your Uncle” Dodds on drums and percussion.