Out digitally on June 16th digitally is the new single from The Band of Holy Joy. For nigh on thirty years the band  have been releasing records – including for legendary Rough Trade label, and the band continues to trade in the sort of outsider folk-punk that made it popular all those years ago.

On the back of supportive press for their last album, ‘Easy Listening’ and set to coincide with their second stage headline slot at the NME C86 festival at London’s 229 club on June 14th, ‘When a gift is a curse’ is coming out on their own Radio Joy label, and a tale of good living and bad livers, paying tribute to the doyen of both, George Best.

It starts out with this gentle strumming opening, which develops into this almost country-folk, with winding guitars as the story is told, warts and all in an almost unemotional way. It’s got this sadness about it that try as you might, leaves you with a sense that The Band of Holy Joy, men (and ladies) who have really lived and are able to bear witness to life, know the score. Believe them.

http://www.bandofholyjoy.co.uk/