Lorraine Leckie & Anthony Haden-Guest

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Lorraine Leckie & Anthony Haden-Guest

Molly Ruth

Mon, November 12, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Lorraine Leckie & Anthony Haden-Guest - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Lorraine Leckie & Anthony Haden-Guest
Lorraine Leckie will release her second full-length album, Rudely Interrupted, on November 12, 2012, a collaborative project inspired by the verses of legendary bon vivant/journalist/poet Anthony Haden-Guest. Leckie was born on a horse in Northern Ontario where Neil Young was God. In the seventies she converted to punk rock, married Steve Leckie of the Viletones and started her career as a makeup artist in the fashion industry. After a decade living in Europe, she put down roots in New York and began working with celebrity clients such as Paul McCartney and Heidi Klum. It wasn’t until the age of 37 that Leckie decided it was time for a change, picked up a guitar, and by 40 was performing all over the city. Leckie earned her title as the Lower East Side folk noir troubadour playing venues such as Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall & Mercury Lounge, often joined by her gothic rock band. Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons (Hugh Pool, Paul Triff, George Jackson) released Four Cold Angels in 2008, a deeply rooted rock album with grungy guitar and heavy-hitting drums. Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre collaborated with Leckie on a cover of the Pogues’ “Dirty Old Town” for the album, which went on to become the featured title track for the acclaimed 2011 film directed by Jenner Furst—an ode to the Lower East Side starring Billy LeRoy, Leckie’s current husband and proprietor of the infamous Billy’s Antiques and Props.

Leckie and Haden-Guest had their first encounter at Rockwood Music Hall where Leckie was performing songs from her first solo EP Martini Eyes (2010), proclaimed the ‘Best Album of the Year” by Tom Semioli of The Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop 2010 list. Haden-Guest, known for his contributions to Esquire, GQ and Britain’s Observer Magazine, and books such as The Last Party: Studio 54, offered his latest collection of cartoons and poems, In The Mean Time, as the inspiration for Rudely Interrupted. “I had been looking for someone to work with on a music venture for years and immediately fell in love with Lorraine’s raw, sophisticated presence that night,” says Haden-Guest. Though Leckie’s signature gothic glam, tough-as-nails style remains unscathed, Rudely Interrupted, produced by George Jackson, is a powerful departure from the sparse, intimate Martini Eyes. Haden-Guest’s lyrics have the satirical bite to match Leckie’s unmistakable bark and enigmatic, frequently plaintive melodies. “Rudely Interrupted” sets the tone of the gleefully noir album with a catchy sway and apocalyptic theme. The songs tell the bitter, but heartfelt tales of being recognized and then becoming unrecognizable. “Bliss” is a triumphantly sarcastic, coldly perceptive vignette of a couple who has lost their spark, while “Little Miss X” is a snarky, offhand dig at an ingénue from out of town, suddenly in the midst of her fifteen minutes and wearing Alexander McQueen. “Watching guitarist Hugh Pool play eerie washes of sound over Matt Kanelos’ glimmering Debussy-on-opium piano while Leckie delivered Haden-Guest’s sardonic, creepy narratives with a gentle menace was a treat,” said Alan Young of New York Music Daily after an album preview for a packed house at the Gershwin Hotel, “this is her first collaboration, and her first venture into chamber pop, and judging from how she and her usually high-voltage band the Demons played it, it’s a smash success.”

“When I work on cartoons some of the best stuff comes from accidents. Working with Lorraine has brought that kind of unpredictable charge into the writing. I just gawp, astonished, as the fireworks explode and shine.” – Anthony Haden-Guest

“The last line that Anthony wrote in Formerly Fairly Famous was ‘you will never be ordinary’ --the people in these songs are failing and struggling, but they’re anything but ordinary. The stories that define this collaboration are told through characters who are determined to live extraordinary lives, refuse to grow old, and will haunt the streets of New York long after they’re dead.” – Lorraine Leckie
Molly Ruth - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Molly Ruth
Molly Ruth will be performing songs from her forthcoming debut LP, Birth Against the Nation. She sings about animals, incest, fear, glory, murder, god, honor, blasphemy, tragedy, fervor, frenzy, longing, dreams, deserts, pain, devotion, crossroads, blood, birds, minds, time, and war.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002