The Picturebooks - Home Is A Heartache
From being shot at 5 minutes before going on stage to panic attacks, The Picturebooks have used their experiences wisely in this brutal release.
Words: Anthony Firmin
Unbelievably it is over 2 years since The Picturebooks played in Manchester, opening for The Answer and about 2 ½ years since their last album, Imaginary Horse, was released.
Since then a lot of touring has taken place along with lots of skateboarding, riding of motorbikes and hospitalisations so it is amazing they have found the time to record this new album. But record it they have in the confines of their garage (rather than the studio next door) because of the natural acoustics and reverb this affords them.
Listening to Home Is A Heartache you can clearly hear the development that has taken place in their sound. This is an album that borrows heavily from the delta blues yet still retaining it’s own identity. Those chain gang’s chants slice through the dust as you feel the oppressive summer humidity flowing out of the speakers all intermingled with the music especially in Fire Keeps Burning. The intensity is palpable.
I Need That Oooh, Zero Fucks Given and Get Gone played loud are destined to make your neighbours hair curl as they hear you sing-along, and they will truly hate you for chanting along with Cactus! However, it isn’t all in your face, gritty, sweaty grinding electric blues; I Came A Long Way For You is a beautiful acoustic love song and serves as a brief respite.
As an artist uses their paints to create a picture on a blank canvas, The Picturebooks have poured their hearts and souls into this album, using their experiences on the road to create the 14 tracks on this album and it is an absolute beast. I have not stopped listening to it, it is highly recommended.
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