Alligator Heart

by Larman Clamor

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PRESS TEXT / BIO:
Larman Clamor is throwing a carnival. More of a street fair, really. You’ll find the sky is tinted a greenish yellow watercolor, the air is tepid and wet with humidity, bugs come in swarms, and later, a parade of children on the backs of reptiles will come out of the swamp and march down the crossroad.

Welcome to Alligator Heart.

The third Larman Clamor full-length, Alligator Heart follows on the heels of 2012’s Frogs, 2011’s Altars to Turn Blood and that same year’s debut self-titled EP. It is the most accomplished
release to date from the solo-project of Alexander von Wieding – also illustrator for Karma to Burn,Wo Fat, Monster Magnet, Freedom Hawk, Infernal Overdrive and countless others – and like its predecessors, it masterfully captures a swamp-boogie atmosphere, updating blues and rock traditions with a down-home psychedelia that’s alternately creeping and malevolent and raising its hands in upbeat testimony. Based in Hamburg and begun in 2008, Larman Clamor pays a heavy debt to Delta blues (John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, Mississippi Fred MacDowell), but has never sounded so much like itself as on Alligator Heart.

Where Frogs reveled in its post-Tom Waits weirdness and von Wieding’s gravelly vocals, Alligator Heart strips away some of the extras to get at Larman Clamor’s muddy, folkish heart. Short ditties like “Banshee W’Me,” “Done No Good” and “I’m Buildin’ Ruins” stomp and clang as ever, but with surprisingly ripe hooks, and atmospheric pieces like “Sambucus Nigra” and the 16 Horsepower-style banjo echo of “Crow on aWagon Wheel” show a side of Larman Clamor that’s able to make a case as much with minimalism as
with an onslaught of varied elements. Rounding out with “Aether Bound I – Scorched Earth” and “Aether Bound II – Dust & Ghost,” Alligator Heart ultimately shows von Wieding’s most accomplished songwriting to date, and that as he pushes further away from the shore to get swept up in that river’s current, the results are all the more rewarding.

Blending acoustic and electric guitar, simple drums and throaty vocals, Larman Clamor presents an alternate view of tradition and a new take on its own approach. More and more, there’s nothing else that sounds quite like it.

So while you wait on the corner of that crossroad for the parade to go by, just make sure you keep a count of all your fingers. Alligator Heart has a bite with some mean teeth.

For fans of: R.L. Burnside, Mississippi Fred McDowell, TomWaits, Left Lane Cruiser, Robert Johnson, Led Zeppelin, The Might Could, ZZ Top

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released September 10, 2013

Music & lyrics, artwork & layout © by Alexander von Wieding.
Produced, recorded & mixed at North Of The Stairs, Hamburg, GER.
Mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs, Ann Arbor, MI.
Published by Small Stone Records (ASCAP)

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Track Name: Alligator Heart
My soul lay low
In the center of it all
Carry on, she said
And she gave me an alligator heart
Track Name: Banshee W'Me
On the ground, fever attainted
Shot a three-legged owl
Suckin' sap through broken vow
Got two thousand spirits to feed
All I's ever needed was havin' a banshee w'me, ah-haw
Crawlin' through the old withered oil
Saw her fire eat up all 'thin a mile
Ah-ha-haw
Just one dead minute, oh
Banshee w'me
Banshee w'me, ha

An' when the light dies in a foul night
An' peat diggin' is all that ya seek
'thin the swamp, down out in bitter night
Will the gator spirits enlight a lil' banshee fer me, aw-haw?
Banshee fer me
A lil banshee fer me, ha-ah
A lil banshee fer me
A lil banshee fer me

Gimme treatin' and a body bold
Til the moon turns all'em buds bloody now
Don't really need no money or pean
Til the frogs done singin', be my banshee fer me
Fraid'a death ah, fraid'a death, ah
That ain't me, naw
Pull me outta da mud, I got my banshee w' me
My buzzin' lil' banshee never leavin' me
Ah-haww...
Track Name: Perdition At Dawn
Fortune-tellin maid on the hallowed mound
Cough blood, readin' signs outta dead fish's mouths
She'll taint yer bones and shake 'em to the core
Cut your blains and she'll suck 'em even more

I gets me more, you bleed, she said, the easy way out

Couldn't you do as you'ere told?
Think she's hidden it here?
'Stead of her crystal ball
You're meetin' perdition at dawn, oh!

Boozin', breathin' fire and shootin' out lights
Pullin' them thorns and dried to the bone
She'll not slacken the girth
It eats right through the bone

Her crystal ball 'll bring ya down
Tear ya apart without a frown
Just when you thought you had her, oh
You'll be meetin' perdition at dawn, yeah

Fortune-eatin' maid on the hallowed mound
Suckin' blood, readin' signs outta dead fish's mouths
She'll taint yer bones and shake 'em to the core

Now you're her very own
She keeps you down, no use to moan
Just when you thought you had it all
You were meetin' perdition at dawn

And cicades sing their song
Bout her crystal ball
Still, cicades sing their song
Bout your perdition at dawn

Bout your perdition at dawn
And cicades sing their song
Bout your perdition at dawn
Still, cicades sing their song
Bout your perdition at dawn
Track Name: Done No Good
Hmmm...

Adamant in the saddle with a feint in the eyes
The iron in hand, and a sense for killin'
See the starvin' dream and their hearts inane
Oh

No...
Done no good
Done no good
Done no good

Done no good
Done no good
Done no good
Done no good

The accurst medallion, it's becloudin' ye
You could easily
Bring to naught and night the day, yeah
Flip that coin and you'll find it out
Hahahahahahahahahaha

Done no good
Mh, no

Leavin' the horses behind
Decoy'em out, and shoot'em down well-aimed
Done no good, done no good
No...

Them ancient temples, pinin'way abandoned in the fen
What beautific place to make a grave ...for a vicious mind
As it oughtta be
Boggin' down, all away
All away
Track Name: Been Cookin'
Oh, market day
Golden saneness, oh
Cajun recipe
Was a debt so deadly
Not one haunted owl could redeem
And ya needed to hold
Good ol' heart's own

They know... and they sing

Ashen plumes, sweated in watery ale
Some broiled bees
Makes the perfect brew now
Perfect and delicate, aw

Throw in some coffee dregs
Pour in some Chat de Nuit
Some fraud's intestines
Still alive not dead, nah
Ooohhh, mix in earwax for the flavor
Give Black Arum to the stock
And add some seasoning...

Ahaw, stir up well!

You look afraid and you're acting
As if you didn't know what I've been cookin', oh
Smellin' all naughty and hot
This is some thunderin' brew, ah

You're lookin' at me
As if you didn't know what I've been cookin', oh
Awe, so shocked?
Grossed out and bummed?
Pale as clay?

As if you didn't know what I've been cookin', oh
What I been...
As if you didn't know what I've been cookin', oh
Get on out!
Hurry home!
Hurry home, girl!
Track Name: She Sent Her Hounds
Out at night
In the city of the dead
Beyond the jungle of Lethe
Oh, what ya thought to find
Ya couldn't even pronounce it right
So you went down into the grotto
Egeria's sphere
Dived through tunnels long forgotten
Deep down into the forge

Trolls, goblins, gremlins, amazons
Dwarves and hunchbacks
Got 'em on your trail
Oh, what you did there...
Sealed your fate when your stole her precious Ale, ah

So she sent her hounds?!
Is that right? Oh, and you?
And you?! What did you do?!
You... Keep-a-whinin'
Stop whinin', we'll get this settled!
Oh, shakin' the earth
Drivin' all demons away
Turn the reptiles into diamonds
And them healers into heathens
Feed me all that glitter
Till your cistern starts to howl
Ohhh... hahahaha
(To howl, I said)

Stop whinin', we'll get this settled!
Shake 'em all off yer trail
Just need to calm you down...
Vamps and werewolves, scorpions, djinns and cannibals
Damn them beyond the sundown
And the void so dim 'n' unknown, yeah

Will you stop whinin'!?
Will you stop whinin' already!?
C'mon, we'll get this settled!
You'll get even, promise!
I'll help ya!

Rope yourself in while I tie the nodes
And hold yer scarab tight
A bit'a glue, just to make sure
They can't rip out your soul
Oh, them demons are greedy-eyed
Hurry up, eat 'em diamonds
Drink up all their sacred wine
Oooh yeah, gotta pay your debt

Hey-oh, uh-haw-hah
Hey-oh, uh-haw-hah
Hey-oh, uh-haw-hah
Hey-oh, uh-haw-hah
Hey-oh, uh-haw-hah
Hey-oh, uh-haw-hah
Hey-oh, uh-haw-hah
Hey-oh, uh-haw-hah
Hey-oh, uh-haw-hah
Hey-oh, uh-haw-hah
Hey-oh, uh-haw-hah
Hey-oh, uh-hahhh-
Look-a-ya!

Hangin' on your tight-laced rope
Swingin' and drippin' of pee
They're gatherin' all around
And once this trap's springin', they're all gonna be...
Ah, you'd love to know, eh?
Hey-oh, uh-haw-hah
Oh, hey-oh, uh-haw-hah
Ahaw...
Track Name: I'm Buildin' Ruins
Hearts made of gold
Shoes outta thorns
Houses made of meat

Bones made of clay
Eyes made of glass
Tears made of stone
Oh, I know...

I'm buildin' ruins, aw-haw
I'm buildin' ruins, aw-haw
I'm buildin' ruins, aw-haw
I'm buildin' ruins, aw-haw
I'm buildin' ruins

Skies made of salt
Clouds made of tar
Sun outta wood
Yeah, I know...

I'm buildin' ruins, aw-haw
I'm buildin' ruins, aw-haw
Yeah, I'm buildin' ruins, aw-haw
I'm buildin' ruins, aw-haw
I'm buildin' ruins

A world that's full of thrones, oh!
Aw-hah-haw
Oh, I'm buildin' ruins, aw-haw
There! I'm buildin' ruins, aw-haw
See, I told ya luv, I'm buildin' ruins, aw-haw
Yeh, I'm buildin' ruins, aw-haw
Aw-hah
Aw-hah
Mh-hm-hm
Aw-hah
Track Name: Aether Bound I - Scorched Earth
Typhon's robot hornets made me leave my home
Down by the silver pond my city lies in ruins
Finally made 'em go away as the sky...
As the sky turned green

Out of the dark we shall rise
That's what the shaman's been tellin' me
Mhh...
With six buckets of rum I started foreseein' things

And so I walked the earth
And so I walked the earth
And so I walked the earth
Forever gone, forever gone
Forever gone, forever gone

Scorched earth, scorched earth
Breathin' sand
Scorched earth, scorched earth
Breathin' sand

And so I walked the earth
Forever gone
Scorched earth, scorched earth
Breathin' sand

Forever gone, forever gone
Scorched earth
Aether bound, Aether bound
Aether bound...
Track Name: Aether Bound II - Dust & Ghost
Breathin' sand
Breathin' sand
Breathin' sand

Turn it all
To golden ash
To dust and ghost
Acid heart

Breathin' sand
Breathin' sand
Breathin' sand

Walk off the earth
Oh, forever gone

Inhalin' all your mountains
Imortalizin' oath

The earth I once wandered
All wounded and and cold
Lemme embrace 'n' warm you

Your ashes safe with me
Uh-huh-huh

So I kept wandering the spheres
Until something found me
It was a spark
Tiny helpless and cold
But it guided me
And where it landed
I dug my fingers into the ground
Buried them deep in the soil

And all the spirits...
They returned
In a spiral...
In a vortex...

It felt like a deep breath
As my fingers became the roots of a tree
My flesh fueled the earth
I felt my spine expand
My eyes melting into the astral tide

Mother Cosmos opened here arms for me
Giving me sight beyond sight
Beyond the stars
Beyond the beyond

And the journey ended
In the beginning... of a new one