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Blackwater Conspiracy: the sound of a band starting to sing their own song

Two Tails & The Dirty Truth Of Love & Revolution is the second album from acclaimed Irish rock’n’rollers Blackwater Conspiracy

Blackwater Conspiracy: Two Tails & The Dirty Truth Of Love & Revolution
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Delta blues shot through the prism of County Tyrone might seem like an unlikely formula for success, but Blackwater Conspiracy are making it work for them. 

Their 2017 album Shootin’ The Breeze garnered the kind of praise that would make Axl Rose blush, and Two Tails is a step up; more ambitious yet refined, more colours to their palette, but tempered when it has to be. 

Which is not to say that a song like the jumping Just Like A Silhouette couldn’t have come reeling off the Black Crowes’ debut (or Quireboys’, come to that), but in tracks like Bird In A Coalmine, with its Irish whistles, and the stomp of All Wired Wrong, which Black Stone Cherry would have sold their hunting rifles to write, there’s a restless, ebullient charm: the sound of a band starting to sing their own song.

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described, variously, as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. His latest novel The Death And Life Of Red Henley is out now.