Tonight // The Former Soviet Republic Album Launch @ Whelan’s
Gutted I can’t make my way out to this tonight (laptop a.k.a my livelihood decided to die an unexpected death, meaning I have to forego nights out until I can afford a replacement), but Ian Wright (a.k.a. the Former Soviet Republic) launches his album The Former Soviet Republic is Made of This upstairs in Whelan’s tonight. Flyer is recognisably Loreana Rushe.
I only really know Ian from the Twitter machine and his sadly-extinct blog, but his partially home-recorded album is right up my alley of punk-infused indie rock a la Gaslight Anthem and smokey, Tom Waits (when he was marginally sober)-like vocals, with a few odd turns and interesting instrumental choices thrown in for good measure. I love his voice the most – he reminds me a smidge of Mark Lanegan except softer and with more control.
He covers ‘Nebraska’ by Bruce Springsteen (another neat reference point) and somehow managed to rope Charles Bissell of the Wrens into a guest guitar spot on ‘I Mean Everything.’ There’s a really sombre tone to the entire album, a kind of boozy tragedy that doesn’t really aim for Lanegan’s depth of boozy despair but strikes a few of the same emotive chords.