“Spottiswoode & His Enemies, an agile septet that moves effortlessly through a wide range of genres, including cabaret, gospel, and rock, celebrates its fifteenth year on the New York scene with a show at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.” The New Yorker
“Nothing short of transportive” Paste Magazine
“The English born singer-songwriter Spottiswoode has been one of New York’s more colorful band leaders for more than a decade.“
John Schaefer, WNYC, Soundcheck
“You can hear songwriter Spottiswoode’s English origins in his accent, which sounds like a roughed-up version of Ray Davies. Similarly, the music suggests such messy Brit romantics as Syd Barrett and Art Brut.” Time Out New York
On Friday, November 9th SPOTTISWOODE & HIS ENEMIES will celebrate their fifteenth anniversary by bringing their unique brand of rock and roll to the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. They have been invited to perform at the Center’s prestigious “The Next Voice You Hear” concert event that showcases some of the best unsung national and international talents as part of their Spotlight Series. The show comes on the heels of the announcement that the band has won two Independent Music Awards: Best Adult Contemporary Song and the Vox Populi IMA for Best Eclectic Album of 2011.
Since no two gigs by the Englishman and his New York band are ever the same, what can an audience expect at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center?
“A little bit of this and a little bit of that,” says the English singer-songwriter. “Songs about love and longing, families, dreams, God, the Devil and everything in between.”
In other words, Spottiswoode & His Enemies will play their patented blend of emotional theatre, sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking. In addition to numbers from their recent award-winning album, Wild Goosechase Expedition, the band will play older hits from their extensive catalogue. They also promise a few tunes from their forthcoming album, English Dream (set for release in 2013).
Spottiswoode’s music has been compared to Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Ray Davies, Nick Cave and many other of the more sophisticated critical darlings. Still, he is very much his own incarnation. The full seven-piece band creates an unparalleled mighty sound that careens seamlessly from balls-out rock, cabaret and gospel to pristine balladry.
Together since their November 1997 debut at Washington DC’s Black Cat, Spottiswoode & His Enemies consists of Spottiswoode (vocals and guitar), John Young (bass), Tim Vaill (drums), Candace DeBartolo (sax and vocals), Kevin Cordt (trumpet and vocals), Riley McMahon (guitar and the kitchen sink), and Tony Lauria (piano, keys and accordion.) Led by “one of New York’s more colorful band leaders for more than a decade,” (WNYC’s John Schaefer), they continue to be a one-of-a-kind New York institution.
WHAT: Spottiswoode & His Enemies
WHERE: BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 220-1460
WHEN: Friday, November 9th
TICKETS: $15.00 General Public/ $10.00 for Spotlight Series Members