Grafting literate, character-driven songs and Mid-American roots onto a post-punk DIY sensibility, Chicago-based songwriter, performer and instrumentalist Al Scorch is at the forefront of a bold musical frontier. A songwriter, vocalist, claw-hammer banjoist and rambunctious force of nature, Scorch –– solo and with his shifting collective of musicians –– regales audiences across the U.S., the UK and Ireland, “…breathing fire and brimstone,” as Alan Harrison, No Depression testifies.
In his first full-length release, Tired Ghostly Town, Scorch delivers jubilant anthems and poignant reflections in 10 songs populated with a cast of vibrant characters. The protagonist wishing for a pair of gold cuff links to accompany his beau to her daddy’s funeral; the deserting Civil War soldier headed across destroyed cotton fields beckoning to “Miss Rosie”; or a hearse driver bound for the cemetery accompanied by a sonorous clarinet. Scorch doesn’t just introduce these denizens, he inhabits them.