Songdog

SONGDOG

‘LAST ORDERS AT HARRY’S BAR’ 
Out now on Junkyard Songs
 
I stagger out into the storm – where did it all go? I mean, everything….The journey never ends, it’s just the travellers do …‘Last Orders At Harry’s Bar’ - title track.
 
‘Last Orders At Harry’s Bar’ serves as a metaphor for a time and place of Last Things, a site and a moment of final reckoning. The songs on ‘Last Orders At Harry’s Bar’ form a heartfelt testimony to a life lived, bearing witness to the passing of time, to pain, to love and the loss of it, and to the consolations of memory. Yet, however bleak the vision, the spirit remains defiant in the songs’ elegant melodies and explicit lyricism.
 
The idea for the album was born out of a cache of Lyndon Morgans’s old love letters and photographs that he rediscovered while sorting his way through a garage-full of ancient NMEs and Melody Makers back home in Blackwood. The fourteen songs were written over a three-month period ending at the close of the year with ‘Straight-To-Video Kind of Days’, a melody Lyndon had written over twenty years before and finally found the right words for that snowy Christmas Eve. The tracks were recorded the following summer on a mobile rig in a beautiful 17th century former hunting lodge at Devil’s Bridge, deep in the magnificent isolation of the Cardiganshire countryside.
 
Songdog is a vehicle for the songs of Lyndon Morgans (from Blackwood in South Wales) with accompaniment from Karl Woodward (guitar/banjo/mandolin), Dave Paterson (drums/accordion), Jasper Salmon (violin) and, latterly, Mal Phillips (bass). Earlier Songdog albums include ‘A Life Eroding’, ‘A Wretched Sinner's Song’ and ‘The Time Of Summer Lightning’, and received critical acclaim and airplay on BBC Radio 2, 6Music, XFM, the Arctic Circle and Resonance FM amongst others. The band has received props from the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Robert Wyatt.
 
Previous live dates include headline and support shows at venues including O2 Indigo, Bloomsbury Theatre, Kings Place, Borderline, Roundhouse Studio, Bush Hall, Union Chapel, ICA and Queen Elizabeth Hall, and appearances at the Port Eliot, Analog, Wireless and Secret Garden festivals plus international festivals in the Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Spain, Sweden and Russia.
 
Lyndon's other works include the stage plays ‘Water Music’ (winner of the Verity Bargate Award), ‘Jitterbugger', and the radio monologue ‘Conte de Fées'.  He was invited to contribute a piece on Samuel Beckett for a book about musicians and their literary heroes ('Filthy Lyre'), and the lyrics for his song ‘Cold Coffee and Ava Gardner’ feature in a new American poetry anthology ‘Ava Gardner: Touches of Venus’.
 
What they say about Songdog:
 
'..Compelling stuff and yet another mighty album from a unique talent and one of the best out there.' Jeremy Searle, Maverick (4*)
 
'Both as a lyricist and songwriter he's absolutely in command of his art...For Songdog fans, here's another outstanding album.' Nick Toczek, R2 (RocknReel) (5*)
 
'Songdog are the most beautifully sardonic and poetic force ever to emerge from Blackwood, Wales...A canny sense of mischief lurks within.' Gavin Martin, The Mirror (4*)
 
“Vocals tempered by anguish, harps and violins provide both sweet accompaniment and the primary colors in Songdog’s musical palette” Lee Zimmerman, No Depression
 
“Sixth album from the Welsh folk-noir heroes....a set of darkly melancholic songs reflecting on a life of lust, pain, hedonism, betrayal, lost opportunities and "good times... pissed away".” Nigel Williamson, Uncut (8/10) 


“Lyndon Morgans's lyrics are as evocative as ever...magical songs...You'll be with him all the way” James McNair, Mojo
"Terrific stuff!" Robert Wyatt
“Their music is dark and sinister and beautiful and Lyndon’s songs are by turns sexy, scary, funny, creepy, heartbreaking and usually always brilliant.” Allan Jones (Editor), Uncut


“Like Nick Cave, he sings as if the world’s end is nigh, and does so convincingly”  Q
“Glacier-paced folk noir..the storytelling hints at a real gravity.” NME


“One of those life-changing albums where you’ll remember forever where you were when you first heard it” RocknReel


“Intense & sensual collection of baroque, last chance lives...supremely evocative imagery that lesser poets can only aspire to”  Maverick


"A totally unique sound" Jack Douglas (Producer - John Lennon, The Who)
"Beautiful.." Jonathan Ross
 
 
Website:  www.songdog.co.uk 
Twitter: @_songdog  
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