ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
Unarmed Against The Dark
Innocent 12th St Records (Rykodisc))
first thing you'll notice about Feathermerchants is Shannon Kennedys
voice. It seems to have escaped from Middle Earth, done time in
folk clubs, and taken a side tour of the New Wave. Now it's singing
ethereal yet substantial lead vocals for this New York-based band.
You'll also notice the interesting lyrics, mostly by guitarist Pete
Veru: "Life above the fold/In the slums of the 9th ward/No
one knew shed refuse her husbands name."(from "9th
Ward"). Folk-flavored but moody with a new kind of urban angst,
Feathermerchant's songs deal with love, doubt, war, urban problems,
religion, and the ferry from Manhattan to Brooklyn, established
after 9/11. This is a band to enjoy if you've ever wished the Cowboy
Junkies were a little more energetic. And despite their very contemporary
concerns, they're game enough to cover the Psychedelic Furs' "Heartbreak
Beat!" In case you're wondering, "feather merchants"
was a World War II term for civilians.