Cranky George, the
folk-influenced indie rock band featuring actor Dermot
Mulroney and co-founder of The Pogues, James Fearnley, will
be releasing their debut full-length album, Fat Lot of Good,
on October 14. The album will be released in digital and CD
formats along with a limited edition of 450 double gatefold
albums of heavyweight vinyl, each signed and numbered by the
band. The music on the record, while diverse, features
common threads such as Cranky George’s signature
folk-inspired instrumentation – including accordion, violin,
mandolin, acoustic guitars and ukuleles.
Recorded over a span of five years at Brad’s Seagrass
Studio, Fat Lot of Good tips music from the bucket that
dredges the confluence of the Danube, the Shannon and the
Missouri. The album embraces fourteen songs, individually
divergent, but which together ply a course from haven, round
horn and back to harbor, by means of lullaby, torch song,
sea shanty and murder ballad – an album which, with
compassion, irony, humor and sometimes horror, tells stories
of desire, love, loss, cruelty, ruination and pity.
One highlight of the album is the first single, “Nighttime”
which draws from a variety of influences including legendary
Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire and is available now.
Cranky George describes “Nighttime” as “Big in the way that
Coldplay is big,” and says that the song is “A siren call
for lovers – for anyone who's ever slept beside someone they
loved and wished the night would never end.” Featuring
Kieran Mulroney on vocals, the song is a mid-tempo song from
the heart and draws equally from groups as diverse as Elbow,
The Decemberists, Coldplay, and Band of Horses while
incorporating dripping guitars and horns at the climax. The
accompanying music video features the five members of Cranky
George as they perform the song and interweaves the story of
a woman in distress, pining and longing for a lost love.
As a perfect foil to the effervescence of the musicianship
in Cranky George, the band’s blend of vocal harmonies, its
cross-graining of voices – James’s chiselly drone, the
honeyed timbre of Sebastian’s voice, Brad’s incisive
falsetto, the Mulroney brothers’ baritones – Kieran’s
urgent, Dermot’s lusty – is as sturdy as marine plywood.