Interview: The Handsome Family

Interview: The Handsome Family

Wednesday 13th January, 2010 5:07PM

Husband and wife duo The Handsome Family have been matching Rennie Sparks’ mordant storytelling with Brett Sparks’ eclectic music since their formation in 1993. Mostly self-recorded, and utilising genres like bluegrass, murder ballads and rock, the Handsome Family have picked up a particularly big following outside of the United States for their macabre stories, and personal songwriting. The latest album, Honey Moon, is full of love songs and marks a bit of a departure for the band. Their live shows are hilarious too, the banter between the two almost acting in complete contrast to their songs’ murderous characters and flawed historical figures.

Brannavan catches up with Rennie on the eve of their New Zealand tour - click here to read the interview.

The Handsome Family NZ Tour

Wed 27 January, Monte Cristo Room, Auckland
Thu 28 January, The San Francisco Bath House, Wellington
Fri 29 January, Chicks Hotel Port Chalmers, Dunedin

Ticket for all shows on sale now here at UTR or Real Groovy (AK), Slow Boat (Wellington).