The Westies :: West Side Stories

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TheWesties-Album-Cover-hi-resThe Westies was een bende die in de jaren 70 en 80 de New Yorkse wijk Hell’s Kitchen onveilig maakte. Nu is het de band van Michael McDermott uit Chicago en zijn vriendin Heather Horton. Hun debuut West Side Stories is op elk gebied een knock out. Er zijn de altijd eerlijke, soms gewelddadige teksten en er is de ingehouden muziek waar de spanning vanaf druipt. Dylan, Waits, Springsteen, die traditie. ‘Muziek die je hart doet bloeden,’ schreef auteur T.J. English. Zo is het maar net.

The meeting on that fateful night between Michael McDermott and Heather Horton set in motion a chain of events that would lead to what would later be known as the album West Side Stories. After just avoiding a would be 3-6 year prison sentence (which McDermott is uneasy to discuss) and a spiraling life, McDermott’s chance meeting with Horton would change the course and the trajectory of his life. What would follow would be a steady climb from the trenches. With a “sleeves rolled up” songwriting approach, that while delicate and tender, matches with equal measure, the brutality of an honest eye and a turbulent life.

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Tracks
1. Hell’s Kitchen
2. Trains
3. Say It…
4. Death
5. Devil
6. Bars
7. Rosie
8. Fallen
9. Five Leaf
10. Still…

Bio
The Westies West Side Stories.pdf

 

Links
http://www.westiesmusic.com
http://www.michael-mcdermott.com
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_McDermott_%28musician%29

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