Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Liberty Horses- King of a Rainy Country

The king has been dethroned.

It's satisfying that Morrissey's Ringleader of the Tormentors debuted at the top chart position in the U.K this week. He's a worthy icon. It should come as no surprise to young indie rock devotees that bands like Voxtrot are just the latest crop of artists to be influenced by Morrissey and the Smiths. One of my favorite spawn of the mope-rockers is 1993's Joyland by Liberty Horses, which formed after the demise of The Bible. The forgotten band's roots run even deeper. Brother Neill and Calum MacColl are the sons of Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger. (Their late sister Kirsty sings on two songs.) Fans of Kings of Convenience, the Trashcan Sinatras, and, of course, Morrissey, will find a lot to like here.


photognition said...

I love Joyland, having revisited and rediscovered it lately… strangely, saw neil maccoll when he toured with david gray on gray's 'flesh' tour in '94, stranger still, former bassist from the fat lady sings (dublin) dermot lynch was the tour manager. the fat lady sings had folded earlier that year. two good albums, though, 'twist' & 'johnson'.

thanks for giving a word to what i consider a very underrated band.

Happy In Bag said...

Thanks for the insightful comment, P.