Last October, North of the Dial featured a story about how The Heartstring Stranglers were dealing with losing one of the band's founding members. Next week, the chamber-folk act's frontman Freddie Schulze and cellist Emily Hertz leave Denton, bound for Budapest, where the pair will spend the next year.
We've already chatted with Schulze and Hertz about their decision to relocate to Hungary, and what exactly that means for the rest of The Stranglers, but you'll have to wait for the details of that story in an upcoming North of the Dial.
Until then you'll just have to be satisfied with mp3s. The band was kind enough to send us two tracks from its new album on Gutterth Records, Last Days In The Prussian Era.
After the jump, we've got "Theobold Tiger" and "La Manera Morral," for your listening pleasure. For you history buffs out there, the latter song is about Mateo Morral, the Spanish anarchist assassin. In fact, a third of the album's songs are about anarchist assassins from 1871-1936, with another three songs about notable public executions.(And, I think Schulze said two of the other songs are about authors.)
Sorta fitting then that Gutterth chose to host The Heartstring Stranglers' CD-release/going away party this weekend at the Denton DIY-venue known as The Schoolhouse, huh? The show promises to be a great send-off for the band. After all, at the last show there, The Heartstring Stranglers and The New Science Projects both ended up playing their sets in the house's attic. And, yes, everyone was drenched in sweat.
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