Ghost Cult chief editor Keefy caught up with Americana artist Jake Smith a.k.a The White Buffalo recently to talk about his new album On The Widow’s Walk, out now via Snakefarm Records. Jake chatted with us about the new album, his creative process, how he got started in his career, how different fans and critics both see him an artist in different genre buckets, how he approaches writing lyrics, his inventive cover versions of songs, performing live, and having his songs featured in television and movies, such as Sons of Anarchy (FX). You can purchase On The Widow’s Walk here and listen to our chat now. Continue reading
American Satan, the 2017 movie Directed by Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen will see a television sequel Paradise City soon. The film starred and featured music from many Sumerian cornerstone artists with a score co-written by Jonathan Davis of Korn. The series stars Black Veil Brides leaders Andy Black and Ben Bruce, along with Sleeping With Sirens frontman Kellen Quinn and many others. Listen to this trip-hot inspired reimaging of Danzig’s classic ‘Mother’, in a video with clips from the original film right now! Continue reading
If you need some music mainlined into your soul to beat back those mid-week blahs, why not some Southern Rock? BEiTTHEMEANS are dropping a new EP on August 31st, Alabama Calling (Cornelius Chapel Music). If they feel familiar to you, you might have recognized their infectious jam ‘All My Kinfolk’ from season five of hit FX series Sons of Anarchy. Ghost Cult is proud to partner with this badass power trip to stream their new single ‘Blue Collar’. Turn it up and press play right now! Continue reading
According to those who are, supposedly, in the “know”, the album is dead and the only thing that we are interested in now, whether on our streaming service of choice, our iPods or laptops are the hits, the single tracks. The album, as we know and loved it, has passed to the great gig in the sky. Nobody seems to have told Jake Smith (aka The White Buffalo) this.
For the past couple of years Smith has steadily built an increasingly fervent following for his beguiling blend of country, Americana, folk and melancholic rock. His progression as a musician has been helped by artistic jumps forward in songcraft, subtlety and nuance and, let’s not be coy here, having a spot on the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed television show, Sons of Anarchy, cannot have done him any harm either.
Love and the Death of Damnation is his latest album and it is, well, fantastic, actually. This is the sort of album that makes you want to take up smoking again or start smoking if you’ve never done it. It’s the sort of record that effortlessly traverses a rich palette of aural majesty: darkened narratives of deals gone bad, loves gained and lost and oneupmanship battles around drinking and shooting pool are just the start of a rich, brooding and utterly captivating record.
The first cut from the album, a humdinger of a duet with Audra Mae, the husky and emotion packed ‘I Got You’, is but one piece of prosecution evidence for a record that is about human resilience, the power of love and strength under extreme adversity.
Smith’s exemplary qualities as a lyricist are in full effect here: he has a brilliant ability to make the general feel deeply personal and emotive: it is a baritone voice that suggests a life lived hard and well, a voice that speaks of adventure and pain, often in equal measure. Smith captures the pyscho-geography of the Deep South with a forensic eye. He has a palpable sense of raw anger at the injustice and failings of the American Dream. Fortunately, this is an artist that, having suffered loneliness and betrayal is optimistic that humanity and fairness and love will prevail, despite the obvious and challenging setbacks that he has faced.
On Love and the Death of Damnation, Smith has succeeded in creating a series of individual tales of love and loss, redemption, survival and the power of the human spirit. Long term admirers of Smith will recognise an artist that has moved beyond a default songwriting aesthetic that was almost uniformly dark.
On this latest album, there is light and shade, an expansive sound and supreme evidence of an artist finding a clear and distinctive voice in the process. Comparisons with other “great” American songwriters are likely to be numerous and obvious. Know this: The Love and Death of Damnation is an evocative record that you will return to again and again. Majestic.
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Marilyn Manson released a new single available on his website for free download. ‘Third Day of A Seven Day Binge’ at first listen musically sounds like a cross between Holy Wood and Mechanical Animals (both Interscope) and lyrically has the old Manson wry intellect going for it which ought to delight fans. You can listen to the track here:
Manson’s next album is the followup to 2012’s Born Villain (Hell, etc, Cooking Vinyl). He tweeted back in September that his new album was “prepared for landing”. The fact that he has new music dropping again so soon is a relief to his fans, as interests such as his fine art and painting and acting career are really taking off and taking up much of his time. Manson can be seen currently on the seventh and final season of the FX series Sons of Anarchy, playing jailed white supremacist leader Ron Tully.