“Secret Christmas” & “Auld Lang Syne” now available on Spotify, Apple/iTunes, Bandcamp & more
ALMSHOUSE plays original rock that might remind you of classic 1970s-flavored singer/songwriter fare, but the band’s 2016 release “Bitter Thing” flirted with Americana while displaying a slight progressive tinge. The prog-rock tendency becomes even clearer in their 2019 releases “Auld Lang Syne” and “October Song.” The Almshouse trademark — dual electric guitar leads that wrap harmonically around each other — is used to powerful effect in the singles “Gaslight” and “Cups (20,000 Sunsets).” 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.
“Powerful stuff, and a refreshing hit of songwriting and musicality that genuinely seems incomparable right now. Hopefully there’s more to come.” –Stereo Stickman
“… hard driving rock with great melodic vocals …. [their music] is well thought out with lyrics that you want to listen to and reflect.” – Philly Area Music Reviews
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