My Jerusalem Album Release Show Tonight at Holy Mountain
It’s confession time again with yours truly, your Austin Music Minute maven Laurie Gallardo. This is what completely won me over, sealed the deal if you will, with one of my local favorites, My Jerusalem. It was a quote from songwriter and frontman Jeff Klein, which you can now find on their website: ” “Nobody ever paid money to see Harry Houdini escape being buried alive. They wanted the small chance of seeing him killed by the weight of the earth on top of him.”
Did you say, dark thoughts?!
“Sign me up!” exclaimed the AMM hostess with a bit too much enthusiasm. I had discovered their debut release, the critically-acclaimed Gone For Good, which earned them performances on BBC Radio 6 and Daytrotter, and attention from NPR’s All Songs Considered among several other worldwide music outlets.
Klein had been recording music under his own name before forming My Jerusalem in 2010, recruiting friends from the Polyphonic Spree and the Twilight Singers to perform with. He once described his band’s music as “post-modern Southern gothic soul,” and I had to agree – there’s definitely an ominous allure to its style.
The band’s debut release Gone For Good paved the way for their new album, Preachers – gothic roots meets rock ‘n’ roll head on. It’s darker than the last album, but as Klein explains, it’s a beautiful darkness, real…almost comforting. And, above all else, intense in the best possible way. Mad love.
My Jerusalem is having their album release show tonight at a brand-spankin’ new venue, Holy Mountain, located at 617 E. 7th St. It’s going to be a great triple bill with The Sour Notes and Mirror Travel. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.