Exposé Online banner

Boiled in Lead — Silver
(Omnium OMM2045, 2008, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2009-07-01

Silver Cover art

Boiled in Lead is an American institution, experts at an Anglo-Irish institution: traditional and electric folk music. Hailing from Minnesota, this quintet have been messing with this revered musical form for the past 25 years (hence the album title) while being honestly true to its often rebellious spirit. This is only the sixth studio release in all that time and the lineup has seen plenty of turnover, though with this album original singer Todd Menton returns to the fold, along with new member Dean Magraw on guitar. The rest of the lineup includes Robin Anders on drums and percussion, Drew Miller on bass and dulcimer, and David Stenshoel on fiddle. Silver boasts a collection of traditional tunes done traditionally such as “Jolly Tinker” and the “Come in from the Rain” trio of jigs and reels, but where these guys have gained attention over the years is when they apply noisy rock overcoats to songs like “The Sunset” and “Rushes Green” that probably go down a storm in the clubs. BiL may take some cues from The Pogues but aren’t quite so brash or punk-y and a better reference point for Exposé readers is Fairport Convention circa 1970 (post Sandy Denny), especially on songs like “House Carpenter.” An exotic, Middle Eastern turn is taken on the songs “Berber” and “Menfi,” showing how the electric folk slant can be applied to music of countries outside the British Isles. For fans of electric folk this should be considered a no-brainer.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 37, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): Boiled in Lead

Latest news

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Garden Wall - Principium – Garden Wall are an Italian neo-prog four-piece who have recently released this, their first album. If the name of the band sounds familiar to you, recall Garden Wall was one of the names Genesis...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues