High Mayhem is excited to welcome back Lonesome Leash following his mind-blowing performance last fall. If you witnessed Walt’s performance last time then you know how amazing this will be.
Lonesome Leash is the solo moniker of New Orleans-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Walt McClements. Known for previous involvement in Dark Dark Dark, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship?, McClements, as Lonesome Leash, channels all of his musical experiences into a lean and gorgeously messy solo affair.
Anchored by the sinuous accordion sound that’s become a McClements trademark, Lonesome Leash takes mad aesthetic stabs, incorporating drum loops, lush feedback and brass flourishes, in the end creating a sort of future-rustic musical environment. McClements explains: “I’d always been interested in affecting the accordion to make it sound more like a synthesizer, and more than a synthesizer, as well as including drum machines and electronics into what normally would — or could be — very traditional sounding textures.”
Live, the project takes the form of a one man band, with McClements deftly navigating drums, accordion, trumpet and vocals. A spectacle in and of itself, the true achievement is how quickly one forgets the multi-tasking going on, as the arrangements, sounds and words quickly overshadow any thoughts that this may just be technical gimmickry.
The evening opens with the return of our very own Cloacas! Following their triumphant appearance on the Santa Fe Band Stand last summer.
Listening to Cloacas is like traveling sideways in time. This ensemble invokes elements of folk, jazz, americana, classical and American gothic styles as well as whatever their acoustic instruments inspire. They present a humorous but sincere irony that is sometimes bittersweet and melancholic, and sometimes gangly-legged and goofy. They have been described as a tiny mountain orchestra in a wooden box with rusty hinges.
This event will be live streaming at: http://highmayhem.org/