Busy day yesterday. Had The Straw Bear Band in the studio. Lots of fun and creative work. I first saw them about eighteen months ago where we trod the same floorboards at a gig in North London. Their founder and frontman Dom Cooper (also with The Owl Service) has a very striking voice reminiscent of Peter Bellamy.
I'm producing their next single. Yesterday's session was on a track called "Nottamun Town." A dark, dark song which saw us bowing cymbals, abusing hammered dulcimers, beheading bass drums and throttling a harmonium.
'The Straw Bear Band' have a magpie nature.
Lyrically mixing folklore, myth, history and fiction.
Musically they're just as eclectic. Ranging from
delicate acoustic song to scratchy electronica,
ending up like a Joe Meek production of Tim Buckley.
Recently their sound has taken another turn,
and live they create a kind of 'medieval Krautrock'
Truer words were never spoken.
Harmonium take below.