First Listen: East Cameron Folkcore’s Election Ode
Heavy folk orchestra’s seasonal anthem
By Kevin Curtin,
11:00AM, Fri. Oct. 31, 2014
Fresh off a CMJ showcase in New York City, politically-dissenting hard folk ensemble East Cameron Folkcore has returned to the big red state in the thick of election season.
Such an occasion merits a new song, the first heard from the local 10-piece since last year’s sophomore LP For Sale. “In the House Everything Dies” finds ECF pillars Jesse More, Blue Mongean, Blake Bernstein, and April Perez balloting their dissatisfaction for the legislative branch with a militia of grooved-out horns, heartfelt screaming, and – eventually – a punk rock breakdown.
The message, woven into metaphors about the physical condition of the Texas State Capitol and veiled reference to Dave Frishberg’s Schoolhouse Rock! classic “I’m Just a Bill,” rages against a compassion-less and ineffective congress.
“The bill on Capitol Hill, hanging lifeless and alive, screaming, ‘Please don’t make me go in there, to the House where everything dies,’” sings Jesse Moore in the song’s refrain.
“The House Where Everything Dies” will be featured on the ensemble’s third LP, Kingdom of Fear, slated for arrival early next year. You can download the single with a name-your-price-option on their Bandcamp page.
East Cameron Folkcore performs at the White Ghost Shivers’ Scary Tales Ball at Saengerrunde Hall tonight alongside Clyde & Clem’s Whiskey Business, then plays the Hole in the Wall every Saturday night in November.
The general election is Nov. 4. Get out and vote.