Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The Parting Gifts

The Parting Gifts were born out of a collaboration between Greg Cartwright (frontman of The Reigning Sound) and Coco Hames (lead singer for The Ettes). Cartwright and Hames first worked together in 2009, when Cartwright was invited to produce an album for The Ettes. Cartwright and Hames discovered they were musically compatible and decided to collaborate on a one-off single, with each contributing one song. However, once they set aside some time to write material, the ideas came fast and furious, and before long Cartwright and Hames had enough songs to fill an album, so the single gave way to the debut album from the Parting Gifts, Strychnine Dandelion.

In addition to Cartwright and Hames, the album features a number of garage rock and punk blues notables, among them Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and Patrick Keeler of the Greenhornes and the Raconteurs, as well as Hames' bandmates from the Ettes, Jem Cohen and Poni Silver, and Dave Amels, who has previously worked with Cartwright in Reigning Sound. The 15-track album was released on In The Red Records in November of 2010. It's got a little bit of everything - rockabilly, garage, country, blues, pop - all done just right. Good stuff. Check this album out sometime.