“Before We Turn to Dust,” San Francisco based songwriter Sean Hayes’ newest release was written and recorded in the same year he became a father. You can hear the love and struggle throughout. In one moment Hayes is singing “you may spend all your money before you turn to dust / but you’ll never spend all your love.” In the next moment, reminiscent of Bill Withers’ classic “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone,” he flips it with his line “I miss her when I’m gone/ but I’ve got to make my money” and goes on to intone “bring it home, bring it home, bring it home/ to my lady and my baby.”
There is something raw and down-home about this music. Simple and straightforward the piano, guitar, drums, bass, occasional horns and back-up singing surround his warm, vibrato- laden voice that leads the way, down “side street alleys” or to “that spot with the jukebox where we can sing your favorite tune.”
Like great Country or Soul music these songs tell simple stories that also make you want to move. “Damn, the way you walk that thing/locked in the pocket make a body ring” from the song “Bam Bam” almost has your hips in motion from the lyrics alone.
Frazey Ford from the folk group The Be Good Tanya’s joins the singing for a duet on the album’s last track, a lullaby “Innocent Spring.”
Hayes is notably accompanied by veterans Andrew Borger (Tom Waits/Norah Jones) on drums, Devin Hoff (The Nels Cline Singers, Xiu Xiu) on bass and relative new comers Ezra Lipp (Thao + The Get Down Stay Down) on drums and multi-instrumentalist Eric Khun (Silian Rail) on keys, drums and percussion. The record was mixed by Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs) at New and Improved Recording in Oakland CA.
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Event Category: Live Music
When: September 29, 2013
Where: Johnny Brendas
More Info: http://www.johnnybrendas.com/