Amigo The Devil – Cocaine and Abel

A key figure in the US ‘Murder Folk’ scene that also includes contemporaries such as The Devil Makes
Three and The Dead South, the music of singer-songwriter Amigo The Devil is a unique blend of Folk
that also incorporates elements of Southern Gothic, Country and Bluegrass. Initially influenced by the
likes of Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Godspeed! You Black Emperor, the artist born as Danny Kiranos
has a recognised sound that carries traces of US artists such as Americana string band Old Crow
Medicine Show and singer-songwriters William Elliott Whitmore and David Eugene Edwards
(16 Horsepower), allied with direct, often morbid lyrics shot through with a dark sense of humour.

Following a number of well received single and EP releases, the debut album by Amigo The Devil,
entitled ‘Everything Is Fine’, has been produced by Ross Robinson, renowned for his work with major
league hard rock/metal acts (Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot) but here bringing a warmth and presence to a
musically varied set of songs that reveal more with each play. The album also features drummer
Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Prophets Of Rage) sitting in on the entire recording
session. Recorded at Valentine Studios, a time capsule untouched since the 1970’s, each song has
been recorded, mixed and mastered direct to tape to capture an absolute and pure brutal honesty.

A first taste of ‘Everything Is Fine’ has been made available in the shape of the confessional ballad
‘Cocaine And Abel’, which has stunned all who have heard it. Finger-picked acoustic guitar, piano and
a sympathetic, sparing string arrangement underpin a song described by the Everything Is Noise site
as “a contrite and regretful man bares his soul by recounting his bad decisions, evil acts, self-doubt
and fears. It’s one of the most powerful songs that I have heard all year.”

Commenting on the brand new video for ‘Cocaine And Abel’, Kiranos states that “I wanted it to be a
real life catalogue of the confessions in the song. It’s the process of personal change and hopefully
growth which is a strong theme throughout the record.” Repeating part of the haunting lyric of the
song, he adds “I was born impatient and I was born unkind, but I refuse to believe I have to be the
same person I was born when I die.”

Kiranos has amassed a sizeable following in the UK and will tour for the first time as Amigo The Devil
in December. Despite being armed with only his voice and a banjo/acoustic guitar, his live show is
loaded with sing-alongs and a heavy dose of humour, helping to make often grim topics accessible
to fans of all genres.

UK TOUR

07.12.18  LONDON Borderline
08.12.18  NOTTINGHAM Bodega Social
09.12.18  NEWCASTLE Think Tank
11.12.18  GLASGOW Stereo
12.12.18  MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
13.12.18  BRISTOL Thekla
14.12.18  LONDON Oslo

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