The immensely talented Kristin Hersh has announced that her forthcoming solo effort “Wyatt at the Coyote Palace,” a double CD/ book combination, will be released by Omnibus Press in the UK and Australia on October 28, 2016, and in the USA on November 11, 2016.
‘Wyatt’ is the third release in the ground-breaking book-CD format that Hersh began with her previous solo album “Crooked” and Throwing Muses’ 2013 release “Purgatory/Paradise”. Since sharing essays and tour diaries on her own website, she has published the critically acclaimed “Paradoxical Undressing” in the UK (released as “Rat Girl” in the USA), a children’s book “Toby Snax,” and “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die,” a personal account of her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt, which earned her rave reviews.
“Wyatt” includes true stories and songs of love and loss, combining Hersh’s humor with the pains and travails of a life spent constantly in motion. Defined by potent guitars, addictive melodies, and poignant lyrics, this release is a serious sign of strength and depth, bringing the listener into what the BBC calls Hersh’s “dark and dizzy world.”
Recorded in at her favorite studio in Portsmouth, RI, with engineer Steve Rizzo at the helm, Hersh performs and creates all instruments and sounds on this 24-track opus, including guitar, bass, drums, piano, horns, cello, and even field recordings. While the songs were written in the last 5 years over a turbulent period in her life, the prose was inspired by her son Wyatt, who is on the autism spectrum, and his fascination with an abandoned apartment building inhabited by coyotes. Wyatt often visited and even filmed the coyotes during the recording of the music, yet suddenly his intense fascination came to an end.
Hersh comments, “I had so loved his love of the place. Throwing Muses’ drummer, Dave – my best friend since third grade – decided that Wyatt needed to encapsulate his sense memories of the coyote palace, make the experience finite, like bottling a memory. Dave thinks we’ll see it again, and Wyatt’s love of the place will come back when the images have been filtered through Wyatt’s intense and fascinating psychology.”
Since founding her influential art-punk band Throwing Muses at the age of 14 in Providence, Hersh has spent quality time confounding expectations and breaking rules – both hers and others. From life as the reluctant front person for the Muses to the solo career she launched in 1994, which she swore would never happen, to founding an ambitious and altruistic nonprofit and through to her recent foray into a surprisingly successful new career as an author, Hersh continues to push herself to the boundaries of her artistry and imagination. She founded the power trio 50FOOTWAVE in 2004 and has since released six mini-albums, including the ‘Bath White’ EP in summer of 2016.
In November, she will return to the UK and Ireland for a rare solo tour. “An Evening with Kristin Hersh” celebrates her endless creativity with readings and songs spanning her entire career. Kristin will also tour the USA starting in late November of 2016.
Pre-order “Wyatt at the Coyote Palace HERE.
UK / IRELAND TOUR DATES:
- Nov. 1 – Dundalk, Spirit Store
- Nov. 2 – Dublin, Pavilion Theatre
- Nov. 3 – Cork, Triskel Christchurch
- Nov. 4 – Galway, Roisin Dubh
- Nov. 5 – Limerick, Dolan’s Warehouse
- Nov. 7 – Portsmouth, Wedgwood Rooms
- Nov. 8 – Bristol, Lantern Theatre
- Nov. 9 – Exeter, Phoenix
- Nov. 10 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
- Nov. 11 – Aldershot, West End Centre
- Nov. 12 – Louder Than Words Festival, Manchester
- Nov. 13 – Manchester, Gorilla
- Nov. 15 – Birmingham, Glee Club
- Nov. 16 – York, Crescent
- Nov. 17 – Edinburgh, Summerhall
- Nov. 18 – Glasgow, Mono
- Nov. 19 – Liverpool, Philharmonic Music Hall
- Nov. 20 – Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
- Nov. 21 – Norwich, Arts Centre
- Nov. 22 – Brighton, Komedia
- Nov. 24 – London, St John in Bethnal Green
- Nov. 25 – Folkestone, Literary Festival
“One of indie rock’s most fascinating figures”
– The Guardian
“Hersh has no one left to surpass but herself… The world is jealous”
“Raw and revealing”
– The New York Times
“Kristin Hersh has built a career on fascinating and compelling lyrics”
Featured image by Peter Mellekas.