Melting Vinyl: Bringing the cream of live music to Brighton.

The Handsome Family

Saturday 2nd May 2020

+ Special Guests

At St. Luke's Church

Doors 7:30 pm

Price £25 +booking fee/29 on door

Melting Vinyl by arrangement with PRB presents…

The Handsome Family + Special Guests


Melting Vinyl are thrilled to bring husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks aka The Handsome Family to the ethereal setting of St. Luke’s Church in Brighton.

The Handsome Family have written some of the most haunting and beautiful songs in American music. During a 30-year career, Brett and Rennie Sparks have created songs that transform the mundane landscape of modern life into a place of mysterious portent.

Initially influenced by early country, post-punk and DIY indie rock, there is a compelling seam of darkness which underpins the lightness and laughter of their live shows. Their songs take place in parking lots and big box stores, under overpasses and in airports. They sing about Custer’s last stand and automatic lawn sprinklers in the same song and  Rennie’s lyrics often focus on the myriad creatures that live at the edges of the man-made world: the sparrows, rats, cockroaches and crows that share our cities.

Many great songwriters have covered their work, among them Jeff Tweedy, Jason Lytle, and Andrew Bird as well Christy Moore. David Bowie wrote the words, “The Handsome Family” in a notebook right before his death. Who knows what could have been?

“Far From Any Road,” which became a global hit after it was used as the theme to season one of True Detective has garnered The Handsome family a whole new audience,  including Bruce Springsteen and Guns ’N Roses who have used “Far From Any Road” as walk-in music.

In 2020 Loose Music will release their first two records, Odessa (1995) Milk & Scissors (1996), on vinyl LP. This will be the first time these records  have been released in Europe. 

For Handsome Family fans these records are a must. Odessa reveals the early style of the band and Milk & Scissors illustrates how their songwriting transformed after Rennie began writing lyrics. On their spring 2020 tour they plan to play selected gems from these new/old records.