It's not everyday that a troupe of film stars clamber onto a Dublin stage, fully decked-out in matching medic's regalia. Whilst maybe not - yet! - of the same calibre as Tom Cruise or Julia Roberts, last year's A Family Movie marked the Danielson Family's induction into the rockumentary hall of fame. Charting the band's progress since their inception (the first songs were written in 1993 as part of frontman Daniel Smith's thesis project), the film is a thorough study of an intriguing group. Perhaps most surprising is its exposition of Smith's stringent Christian beliefs. He often sings somewhat tell-tale lyrics such as "I love my lord, I love my lord, I love my lord", but it is still surprising - and perhaps even refreshing - to hear such a talented, respectable and nice man speak passionately about his spiritual mentality. As he insists that the band's material is written by God but channeled through him, we are given reason to praise the lord (and God's lawyers are given reason to sue the band for some royalty cheques).
Shortly before the release of Danielson's sixth - and latest - record 'Ships', one of their cohorts released a solo album entitled 'Illinoise'. Although he utilised a similar approach to instrumentation, melody and harmony as his employers, it's easy to see why Sufjan became a megastar - whilst Danielson remained firmly underground - when you hear Stevens' soft croon alongside Smith's yelping, excitable and radio-unfriendly falsetto. According to the ever-industrious Pitchfork Media, he has a voice "like a mouse! Or a scary clown!", although maybe something like "Black Francis on helium" would be a more fitting reference point (Hi-Fi Popcorn 1-0 Pitchfork Media). Either way, they are some truly unique vocal chords which will be resonating and colliding with glockenspiels to fill the air in Dublin's Crawdaddy on Sunday night, as Danielson make their debut Irish appearance.
We Don't Say Shut Up
Did I Step On Your Trumpet
Good News For The Puss Pickers
Uh Oh (It's Morningtime Again) (live Little Wings cover)
'Did I Step On Your Trumpet' video
Their albums and shirts are all at reduced prices right now!