East Cameron Folkcore CD Release Performances Friday and Saturday
“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” -William Shakespeare, Macbeth
This famous line is a tip of the hat to the Bard found inside Sound & Fury: Songs In the Key of Love and Death, the full-length debut by multi-instrumental folk rockers East Cameron Folkcore. It’s an extraordinary work on different levels. Vocalist and guitarist Jesse Moore and his band mates originally pieced the tracks together to create a sort of concept album. There’s also the artwork and stories within the song lyrics, presented in the style of a Greek tragedy – love and loss, pain, anger, frustration, and ultimately hope on some distant horizon.
But there is another side to it all. The entire work – the music, the tales, the illustrations - is a loving tribute to a dear friend.
Moore used to play with the band Bankrupt and the Borrowers, alongside horn player Jon Pettis. In 2009, Pettis died in a house fire, which left friends completely devastated. Moore chose to keep the memory of Pettis alive by completing songs he had previously worked on with him. This is the music that became Sound & Fury.
East Cameron Folkcore will play their new album in its entirety at two shows, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at The Blue Theater, 916 Springdale Rd. And, if you can’t catch either one of these performances, you can see ECF at their afterparty show at the band’s old stomping grounds, Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe, along with Clyde and Clem’s Whiskey Business, The Bread, and Ben Ballinger.
Two nights filled with great music, friends and fond memories. No doubt Pettis will be there in spirit as well. Highly recommended.