Posted on Sat 24 Jan 2015
Hamell On Trial The Errigle Inn, Belfast on Thursday 19 February 2015
To mark the 15th Anniversary of the release of Hamell on Trial's seminal album Choochtown (or it could be 14 years, frankly everybody around here was too dusted to write any sh*t down....) Hamell will be performing the seminal Choochtown album in its entirety in select engagements throughout the UK and Ireland.
Hailed as "Absolutely Brilliant" by Uncut Magazine with a 5 star review, "Poignant!" by The Stereo Times and “A One Man Tarantino Flick” by The Village Voice, it was voted the #6 Record of the Year by Uncut for 2001. Choochtown was a DIY celebration of the street recorded in Hamell's dirt floor basement in his Brooklyn tenement after being 'let go' from his first major label deal on Mercury/Universal.
“I remember being highly influenced and excited by Pulp Fiction, Kurosawa's Rashomon, and Biggie Small's Life After Death”, recalls Hamell, “And being not particularly impressed by what the current vogue of 'singer-songwriters' were doing. I was on my own as far as not being on a label so what did I have to lose if I opened up an album with 'Go F*ck Yourself' ?”
Hamell will be peppering the performance with songs in a similar vein from his extensive catalog. Choochtown's main character, Bobby, has appeared on several of Hamell's albums. “Bobby is like a combination of a lot of my screw ball underworld friends. Lovable petty criminals in the Damon Runyon vein. It's just the majority of the incidents I write about are true.”
Using his trademark high-energy stage show, whip-lash tongue and machine gun guitar, Hamell is excited to revisit what some consider to be his masterpiece and performing some songs never heard live before. Hamell quips: “You'll be so dazzled you won't even know I stole your wallet. Or your girlfriend.”