Steal This Track from Andy PalmerBy Josh Johnson | April 29th, 2013 | No Comments »
This week, thieves, we’ve got a gritty folk-rock track from Andy Palmer.
In a former life, before he fronted the roots rock band Grub Street Writer, Andy Palmer was a public defender in Brooklyn. The experience on the front lines of our justice system seems to have left him feeling that our lives are dictated by chance more than we readily acknowledge.
On May 1, he will release his sophomore solo album, “Hazard of the Die,” a quote on chance pulled from Shakepeare’s “Richard III.” The album is a collection of songs that could serve as case studies on chance. Palmer’s poetic, masterful songwriting invokes characters and scenes in a life lead by the role of the dice. Whether you’re a sinner or saint, winner or loser, has as much to do with luck as personal efforts. But rather than throw up arms in despair at the futility of affecting outcomes, there is a hopeful thread that runs through these songs. It’s as if to say, “Sure, no matter what your efforts, luck must be in your corner. But barrel on! If luck does show up, you’d better be prepared to receive it.” Maybe the “hazard” of the roll of the die is giving up.
Palmer recorded this album in LA with the Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray) at the helm of production, and it’s a superb sounding recording with a surprisingly varied musicality. Palmer’s voice carries enough growling grit to give it a rootsy soul, but not so much that it doesn’t carry a beauty. Below, download “Heart of Colfax.” Truly there is no greater metaphor for being down on your luck in Denver than Colfax Ave. But the avenue also has a beating heart, a humanity all its own. And Palmer would likely say that we could all be that person begging for change if we’d been dealt a different hand.
Palmer will be at The Walnut Room on May 25 performing with a full band to celebrate the album release.
DOWNLOAD (Click to play. Right click and select “Save link as” to download): Heart of Colfax