ALMSHOUSE plays original rock that might remind you of classic 1970s-flavored singer/songwriter fare, but the band’s 2016 release “Bitter Thing” also flirts with Americana while displaying a slight progressive tinge. The Almshouse trademark — dual electric guitar leads that wrap harmonically around each other — is used to powerful effect in the band’s 2018 single, Gaslight — and the video blends images of the band with clips from the classic 1944 noir film of the same name, plus other strange visions. The band’s live sets often include one or two carefully curated covers, as well as occasional acoustic versions of their heavier songs that showcase thoughtful lyrics, Irene’s sultry “burnished alto” voice, very handsome fretwork by Troy, Ken & Tony, and James’s tasteful drumming. The band is currently recording new material for release in 2019.
photos (c) 2018 & 2019 Bill DiCecca