Swampcandy w/ Shiloh Hill & Wild Hymns
August 13, 2016 · 8:30pm
Swampcandy is the aggressive Stomping Mississippi Blues and Roots influenced duo that won the 2014 Floydfestival ‘On The Rise’ competition, coming in First Place out of 37 bands performing at the event. Their third album, Midnight Creep/Noonday Stomp, was crowdfunded to remarkable success. “We did it in only two weeks,” says singer/ guitarist Ruben Dobbs with pride, “we had alloted eight.” Originally intended as two separate releases, Midnight Creep and Noonday Stomp ended up being combined into a 17-song document that combines studio and live recordings and has a familial vibe drawn from the original recording concept of Exile On Main St. From blues to ballads and just about every point in between, the album unfolds as a beautiful and complex document of modern acoustic music. Between Dobbs’ aggressive finger-picking and rhythmic style (which often adds up to sounding like more than one guitar) and the combination of Joey Mitchell’s bass playing, pounding kick drum and percussive bass throttling representing the presence of a full drum kit, Swampcandy easily fills up the sonic space normally created by a trio or even a four-piece band. Not only has the band played over 270 shows in 2014 alone at venues and festivals around the U.S. and U.K., they also received an award as “Best Opening Act 2014” at the #1 venue in the world under 500 seats, The Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD.
In an age of music where folk and “indie” is taking the world by storm it is not often that you find a band that not only understands their roots but also understands how to create a sound that’s continuously evolving and fully unique. Many artists have the ability of portraying exactly what’s expected from a genre but few recognize the importance and have the knowledge to be more and create a sound that moves outside of that prototypical genre. This is where Shiloh Hill comes in.
A project that focuses on a joint contribution of artists showcasing not only excellent songwriting and lyricism, but a simple yet effective ensemble of harmonizing vocals, guitars, banjo, and percussion. With just the right mix of folk, pop, and fireside feeling, each song has way of pulling you in and eventually taking you away. At certain moments you might find yourself with a desire to compare but that comes from what’s only seen on the surface. By the end of your first experience with Shiloh Hill, only visions of their music will be dancing in your head.
“A combination of earth and air, soulful female vocals call to your Spirit while the American feel of the pedal steel brings you back to earth, speaking to every dream you have ever had of exploring the wild unknown.The spacious electric guitar is carried by a deep rhythm section and you notice that both your soul and your body are being invoked, being moved. Every harmony answering your call, and every beat posing a question. The Wild Hymns truly belong to the wild.” – Tifani Truelove (tifanitruelove.com)
The music of The Wild Hymns is a mix of melodically-enchanting Modern folk and Americana with touches of Gypsy Jazz, world, gospel, rock and ambient/improvisational music. The lyrics and musical compositions/improvisations of The Wild Hymns are greatly influenced by personal and universal love, nature, mysticism and the exploration of emotion and what it means to be human. They are reclaiming the word “hymn”, releasing it from the sometimes limiting beliefs of the church and giving it a new meaning as a song of praise to the natural world, the raw and wild human spirit, and universal/cosmic love.