The Adulterers, Hectorina, Moenda

When: Sat., June 30 2012

THE ADULTERERS Based on the songs of Scott Ayan and Adam O’Neill, the band has released a compelling seven-song collection called Petite Mort — otherwise known as the “little death,” a euphemism for orgasm, in case you wondered what a band called The Adulterers might concern itself with. A bit obvious, perhaps, but aided and abetted by the likes of Great Architect reedsman Brent Bagwell, violinist David Sleigh, drummer Clayton Yunt and ex-Van Gough’s Ear members Jim and Daisy Payseur, the band creates a dark, texturally rich swirl of blues- and folk-based songs that, er, seduces. Ayan, as vocalist, has obviously fallen under Nick Cave’s spell, so starting with the Bad Seeds and Dirty Three, then moseying over to 16 Horsepower and Tindersticks, will land you in The Adulterers’ sonic neighborhood. They don’t quite rise to those lofty heights, but those are some quality neighbors to emulate.

John Schacht


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