Joel McKerrow & The Mysterious Few / Welcome Home
Genre-bending and ground breaking, this album is like nothing you have encountered before. Call it intimate, acoustic-driven, folk-rock poetry; or perhaps a mash up of Passenger, Sigur Ros and Daughter sitting beneath passionately delivered spoken word. Whatever you call it, you need to listen to truly ‘get it’, and once you have you will want more.
Joel McKerrow and the Mysterious Few are pioneering a unique fusion of artistic forms through an explosion of poetic verse, impassioned performance, soaring vocals and intricate musicality. The songs/poems (or pongs for short) are inspiring and moving, attention grabbing and thoughtful, articulate and powerful, in-your-face and under-your-skin. They are the breath before the storm and the bellow of thunder. Not merely poetry dressed up with a thin veneer of music, this is music powerfully and intentionally woven with spoken word. In short, Joel and the band are redefining what poetry is, how we engage with it, making it accessible even for those who gave up on poetry when high school English class sadly killed it for them. They will convert you, that is their mission, you will like poetry once more.