Broken Land Bell
Some artists make good albums, some are better live, but few really manage to put across on CD the energy and power of a live show. The Wiyos are an exception. Their fourth album, Broken Land Bell, will have you up on your feet and imagining the ukuleles, washboards and megaphones in your living room.
It is somewhat daring to make an album of music with the underlying rhythms and swing of the 1920s and then to include human beat-box Adam Matta, numerous unexpected percussion objects and various hi-tech sound tricks to create it. Then again, the Wiyos may be inspired by the past but their music is very definitely their own, and every song on the album is written by members of the band The result is music that could stand up to scrutiny with the masters of the past but somehow also has a modern sound.
The Brooklyn-based quartet, named after a 19th-century street gang, have just finished a tour of U.S. baseball stadiums with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp and are due in the UK in late January