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The Bruces

Thieves In The Wick (the Songs Of Simon Joyner)

Grapefruit / Unread / Kerchow
LP $16.00

12/21/2018

GY 8-3, Unread 230, Kerchow 045, JSB1 


Alex McManus, veteran guitarist for Lambchop and Vic Chesnutt released a series of scarce singer-songwriter indie rock albums under the name The Bruces in the 90’s and early 2000’s before taking an extended hiatus from music to migrate to Canada and raise a family. Known primarily for his song, “I Woke Up With This Song In My Head This Morning,” which was covered by Bright Eyes on their Lua EP in 2004, his albums on Sing, Eunuchs! and Misra are gorgeous testaments to wholly personal pop songwriting which undoubtedly influenced the younger Conor Oberst as well as other songwriters lucky enough to stumble upon his difficult to find albums.  McManus’ first new album in fourteen years is an infectious collection of cover songs by close friend and fellow underground songwriter, Simon Joyner, lovingly reinterpreted and rearranged to sound like would-be hits in another universe. You may recognize the titles on Thieves in the Wick as old Joyner songs but they sound entirely new in the hands of the unmistakable, unsinkable Bruces. Limited edition vinyl-only pressing of 300 in screen-printed jackets. Split release from : Grapefruit, Unread, Kerchow, Jackson Street Booksellers.   For fans of: Lambchop, Simon Joyner, Vic Chesnutt, Neutral Milk Hotel

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