Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery are on the road. They will be making a stop in New York at Rockwood Music Hall on March 19. See below for more details.
They released their latest album, Alyosha, October 2015. Check out the track "Gunfighter Ballad for the 21st Century" from the release below. You can pick up the album on vinyl & cd HERE and digital, HERE.
Saturday, March 19
196 Allen Street
New York, NY
The Great Train Robbery was born in Anderson, IN and named for a 1903 Western. The band serves as a revolving door of collaborating musicians to underscore Powell’s evolving craft and has independently released two EPs and three full-lengths since their inception in 2011. In the wake of the Appalachian-tinged folk record Man Is Born for Trouble, Joshua departed on a Kerouacian gypsy spree, touring back and forth across the country, playing six nights a week, and living in an old minivan.
When he eventually returned to the Indiana town that molded his art, he laid down fibrous roots and refocused his energies into becoming a regional staple. Here, he began funneling his collected experiences into his most ambitious record yet, the newly-released Alyosha: a deeply textural electric brand of avant-garde folk, spiritually informed by classic Russian literature and pressed to vinyl.
The album features experimentation with electric guitars, effect chains, and keyboard sounds, with Powell’s vocal delivery at its most unaffected and lucid. The lyrics, as ever, are central to the work and cover a variety of themes: from controversial drone politics and Hoosier post-industrialism, to Aesopian fables and witch trials.