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TS Foss, Longface, Bad History Month, According To What

  • Williamson Magnetic Recording Company 1019 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Bad History Month. Photo by Adric Giles.

Bad History Month. Photo by Adric Giles.

Boston's Sean Bean, who plays here as Bad History Month, takes a massive approach to singer-songwriterdom. On his recent release, Dead And Loving It, Bean pours out thoughts, stories, frustrations, and feelings through mostly acoustic guitar-driven songs, but works in a number of other instruments and effects that prove just as expressive as the lyrics. Sometimes Bean takes 10 minutes to slowly orchestrate these musical and lyrical landscapes, but he also packs a lot of intensity into some of the album's shorter tracks. Dead And Loving It is essentially structureless and linear, yielding a strong sense of liberation and unexpectedness that somehow still feels familiar as it orients itself in the listener's own raw train of thought. Chicago's Longface play here as well behind their recently released debut of noisy, folky rock & roll. Local guitarist and songwriter Tyler Fassnacht (Fire Heads, The Hussy, Proud Parents, etc.) performs here, sporting his sensitive side as TS Foss, and locals According To What make their live debut. —Emili Earhart