|Courtesy of RGC|
It's easy to forget sometimes that, at heart, Alan Sparhawk is just your typical Duluthian. Call him during the winter, and there's bound to be a story involved: it could be something as mundane as, you know, cooking lentils under the hood of your car
, or in Sparhawk's case, it could be that he just had to dig the umpteenth person out of the ditch in his front yard.
"It's actually been cold, which is refreshing," the Retribution Gospel Choir front man enthuses with his distinct, deep rasp of a voice. "I don't feel like you can really brag about being alive unless last winter had some bad, really cold days."
Of course, there's nothing particularly typical about Sparhawk's latest project with RGC. Their new full-length, simply titled 3
, consists of a mere two songs, each one clocking in at around 20 minutes in length--one a snarling, swirling riff called "Can't Walk Out;" the other a mesmerizing dirge called "Seven."
Those two songs were fleshed out during a month-long residency at the Turf Club last summer, and this weekend RGC will return to the Midway to unveil 3
. Gimme Noise caught up with Sparhawk to find out more about the record and his penchant for long songs.See Also:
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