Spitz Records' latest, Looking for the Grave of Garcia Lorca, is Joe Wilkes' much-anticipated third album.
Wilkes' third album is his first on Spitz Records. Characteristically original and shot through with the politics of resistance, the ten original songs that comprise Lorca arc across history, including everything from the demise and rediscovery of the eponymous Spanish poet, to late modern parables straight from the streets of South London. A popular fixture at Spitz, Wilkes' new offering is not just a songwriting tour de force; it's a tour d'horizon of the future of acoustic music.
"Finally getting some serious attention" - Acoustic Magazine
"Wilkes is a major talent" - Rock 'n' Reel Magazine
"Instantly memorable" - Maverick Magazine
"A name to look out for" - Blues Matters
"His music gets under your skin" - The Morning Star
"One of those all-too-rare musicians who make you believe in them instantly" - Americana UK
Spitz Records in partnership with Breakneck Records present his new album, The Morning Light
From the restless streets of London, to Beale Street, Memphis, to Church Street, Melbourne, Mr Black & Blues has travelled the world shining a light with his soul folk blues. Inspired by a broken neck and a desire to bring uplifting sounds to the darkest corners, Mr Black & Blues has traveled America with John Butler and supported Alabama 3 in Europe. He now brings us his debut release, The Morning Light.
"Darkly sophisticated slabs of sax-seared lonesomeness ... this is the first commercial release from Spitz Records, a label whose advent can only mean great things for London's leftfield acts." - TIME OUT > read review
PARKBENCH is basic, original, earnest song-craft informed by an unflinching devotion to the spirituality of every day events; universal, human emotions; moods and moments burning bright or smouldering quietly.
Expressed honestly, without agenda, PARKBENCH heralds a return to the simple and beautiful classic songwriter criteria—compositions of inspired subject matter and creative survival techniques.
The PARKBENCH modus operandi is in a sense a way of life, yet it is rendered with moderation and humility, an approach perhaps similar to the line infamously engraved upon Charles Bukowski's tombstone in Rancho Palos Verdes: "Don't Try."
"An outfit blending pastoral strumming and jazzy urbanity with the timelessly stylish blues gloom of Michael J Sheehy." - TIME OUT