Furnace, the new sophomore album from Dead Man Winter, might be named after the rumbling basement behemoth in a metaphoric attempt to ward off its chilling subject: the disintegration of frontman Dave Simonett’s marriage. “This house is on fire and I can’t escape it,” he sings bleakly as the album opens, a lone acoustic guitar quickly joined by a somber but rich array of rootsy instruments and vocal harmonies à la the Band. Duluth’s Simonett, who also leads bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles, spends the rest of Furnace sorting through the charred debris of what he calls “madness and confusion.” The lyrics are poignant, intimate, raw, bitter, and self-lacerating, but surprisingly not morosely so. “I’m full of charm and I’m full of whiskey and I’m full of shit most of the time,” Simonett confesses in “Red Wing Blue Wing,” a gorgeous, epic rock ballad fueled by jangly guitar and Bryan Nichols’ vivid, billowy organ. Ultimately, Simonett finds catharsis both in revelatory venting and immersing himself in rejuvenating arrangements. See p. 9 for more on Simonett and the new album. The Pines and DMW guitarist Eric Koskinen open.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Dead Man Winter at First Avenue
Friday, February 10, 2017 | 7:00pm| $20.00| 18+ | First Avenue in the Mainroom
Presented by: 89.3 The Current & City Pages
Dead Man Winter with special guests The Pines and Erik Koskinen
Dead Man Winter: Furnace marks a whole lot of firsts for the accomplished songwriter. It’s his first time putting his long-running, popular string band, Trampled by Turtles, on hiatus to focus all of his efforts on a more personal project. It’s his first time speaking so plainly and literally about something happening in his private life. And it’s his first time dedicating an entire record to a single topic — a topic so significant and intimate that he questioned whether or not he should even release it into the world.