The first in a series of ‘libationary’ singles dedicated to the glorious and dark aspects of ‘the older person’s habitual alcohol consumption’, When a Gift is a Curse is another riveting evocative encounter from the UK’s premier folk punks Band Of Holy Joy. Paying tribute to the genius George Best and the wayward life emerging from his world enlightening talent, the single is released on the band’s own Radio Joy to coincide with their second stage headline appearance at the NME C86 festival at London’s 229 Club on June 14th. Taken from their latest and acclaimed album Easy Listening, the release is another slice of unique incitement from a band entering its fourth decade.
When a Gift is a Curse opens with a sultry swipe of guitar swiftly joined by an additional emotive caress of melodic melancholy and the ever distinctly expressive vocals of Johny Brown. Opening up its heart and evocative textures, the song spreads like mist over ears and the imagination, keys accentuating the sultry breath and radiance of the song whilst the shadowed tones of bass provides a tempering air which subsequently only highlights the rich hues wrapping the lyrical and vocal potency.
To be honest the song does not make a startling impact or impression initially though there is plenty to intrigue and entice the senses and imagination. This maybe makes not the most incisive temptation for newcomers to their album and its might but given time the song permeates and seduces for another provocative hymn from Band Of Holy Joy which is impossible to ignore or resist…pretty much like the band itself since those early days in the mid-eighties.
When a Gift is a Curse is released digitally on June 16th through Radio Joy.
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