Podcast: The Child Ballads
Searching for Stewart Lupton could have made for a decent little documentary back in 2004. If you typed his name into Google a few years ago, the first batch of returns would simply be people asking where he was and what he was up to. I know because I did this once every few months. The former frontman of should-have-been stars Jonathan Fire*Eater admittedly went through some tough times; meanwhile three of his former bandmates were finding indie-rock stardom with the Walkmen.
But Lupton has landed on his feet with his new band. the Child Ballads. Although the band doesn't yet have a consistent lineup, its debut EP, "Cheekbone Hollows," is a fantastic collection of six torn and frayed indie-folk songs that showcase Lupton's poetic lyrics. (In some of his off time, Lupton taught poetry, and if you listen to the podcast you'll hear him reference poet after poet.) Lupton dropped by our office a few weeks ago and talked to me about finally re-emerging with the new album, what went wrong with Jonathan Fire*Eater, his thoughts on the local music scene and ... lots of other stuff. I had so much fun talking to him that it turned into a two-part podcast. Download links below. The CD release show is Saturday night at Comet Ping Pong.
Part 1 (featuring "Cheekbone Hollows")
Part 2 (featuring "Laughter From the Rafters")
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