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Madison. Cannot. Wait.

February 4th, 2015

swlive2013 Madison. Cannot. Wait.
(Photo by Amused to Life.)

This I did not expect. Steve Wilson will bypass Milwaukee on his American tour in support of his latest album Hand. Cannot. Erase. and instead play here in Madison at the Barrymore Theatre on 6 June. Tickets are $38 plus a $4 convenience fee. It is a general admission show. King Crimson did the same thing last year but I assume that was because Biff Blumfumgagnge needed a mid-tour conjugal break. Wilson is doing two shows in Chicago this time around so perhaps he didn’t want to do another only about 80 miles away. Still, you’d think he’d do the Chicago gigs and head out west to bigger venues. Well, whatever the case, I shan’t complain.

Hand. Cannot. Erase. comes out on 3 March here in the States. Here’s the title track:

And here is “Perfect Life”:

Wilson tends not to tackle pleasant, happy themes and Hand. Cannot. Erase. is no exception. He explained the concept behind the album thus:

“The basic story, or concept of the record – it’s about a woman growing up, who goes to live in the city, very isolated, and she disappears one day and no one notices,” he kicked off, noting that such a description is the briefest one possible and that “there’s more to it than that.”

Focusing on what inspired him to take such a road, Wilson noted that it all began after “seeing a film about this woman who died in London – it’s a documentary called “Dreams of a Life” about a woman called Joyce Vincent, who was found dead in her London apartment, and she’d been there for three years.

“Now, what’s really interesting about this story is that your initial reaction when you hear a story like that is, ‘Ah, little old bag lady that no one notices, no one cares about.’ [Vincent] wasn’t [like that]. She was young, she was popular, she was attractive, she had many friends, she had family, but for whatever reason, nobody missed her for three years.

Uff da! I like the two songs that have escaped via YouTube. They’ve got a sound that’s different from the jazzy/70s Crimson feel of Wilson’s previous album.

I hope to see you Madisonians at the Barrymore in June.

hce cover Madison. Cannot. Wait.

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