2018 marks 20 years since the release of The Handsome Family’s ‘Through The Trees’, which Loose will be celebrating with a 20th Anniversary Edition to be released on 9th March.
The sky blue-coloured vinyl comes with an exclusive “Invisible Trees” bonus CD, comprising of 15 tracks of “out-takes, live performances and bickering”. The band will be incorporating much of Through The Trees in an extensive forthcoming UK tour, in which Brett Sparks (guitar/vocals) and Rennie Sparks (banjo/bass/vocals) will be joined by drummer Jason Toth and multi-instrumentalist Alex MacMahon. The tour includes a Cambridge show at the Cambridge Junction on March 21st.
In 2015 The Handsome Family became famous for providing the theme tune to Season 1 of HBO’s hit TV drama series True Detective, introducing them to a whole new audience and a whole load of new fans. The featured song, Far From Any Road, has been streamed over 50 million times and counting. The Handsome Family suddenly became a little less of a secret. However, even before this worldwide success, the band weren’t short of admirers, counting Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr amongst their fans, and with the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Amanda Palmer, Cerys Matthews, Christy Moore and Andrew Bird all having covered their songs. In 2016, the band released Unseen. The highly anticipated new record explored the unseen stories, people and places of the American west. It was greeted with rave reviews from the international press with Mojo declaring the album to be “The Handsome Family’s masterpiece”. However, it was way back in 1998 when Brett & Rennie Sparks got their first big break, with the release of the The Handsome Family’s third album, Through The Trees.
01 MAR – BIRMINGHAM Mama Roux’s
02 MAR – GATESHEAD Sage 2
03 MAR – LIVERPOOL Leaf
04 MAR – MANCHESTER Academy
06 MAR – CARDIFF Tramshed
07 MAR – EXETER Phoenix
08 MAR – HEBDEN BRIDGE Trades Club
10 MAR – EDINBURGH La Belle Angele
11 MAR – GLASGOW ABC
12 MAR – ABERDEEN Lemon Tree
13 MAR – STIRLING Tolbooth
15 MAR – LONDON Round Chapel
17 MAR – LEEDS Howard Assembly Room
18 MAR – SHEFFIELD Plug
20 MAR – NORWICH Waterfront
21 MAR – CAMBRIDGE Junction
22 MAR – BRISTOL St Georges
23 MAR – SOUTHAMPTON Brook
24 MAR – BRIGHTON St Georges Church
25 MAR – FOLKESTONE Quarterhouse