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Idle Hands

by The Maledictions

"Nick Cave meets Johnny Cash" -The Cincinnati Enquirer
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. No Hand Like Desire
3:30 $0.99
2. Stark Weather
2:23 $0.99
3. Haunted
2:47 $0.99
4. Red House
3:26 $0.99
5. Found the Devil
5:27 $0.99
6. Lymon Jones
5:11 $0.99
7. With a Prayer
5:25 $0.99
8. Bright Eyes
3:51 $0.99
9. Rain and the Water Wide
6:24 $0.99
10. To Love is to Die
2:51 $0.99
11. Kneeling for a Dorsey
3:06 $0.99
12. End of the Line
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13. If
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Album Notes
"Nick Cave meets Johnny Cash"
-The Cincinnati Enquirer

"Mournful songs (which mix the moods and textures of Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits and Nick Cave)...A striking cd"
- St. Louis Magazine

"With Their Appalachian echoes & imaginative new lyrics, Orton's songs reach straight for the audience"
-St. Louis Post Dispatch

"Jars you to the strangeness of this American landscape...Deserted fairgrounds, unlit country roads, sawdust floored barrooms, vandalized cemeteries and overstayed debutante balls...Born of inner necessity"

"Melodies that cross numerous genres ranging from country to rock to cabaret... lovely Faulkneresque stories set to music".

"A dark & original slice of Americana"
-apple i-tunes

A mix of Blues, Folk, Country, Cabaret & vintage 60's Garage Rock, The Malediction's sound has affectionately been described as, "Country Noir" or "Gothic Americana".

According to bandleader, Kevin Orton: "It's all just Folk music really...Maybe aggressive Folk but Folk music at heart...I tend to write songs about people who are un-insured".

The Maledictions have their roots in Orton's 2003 solo album, FEMME NOIR, which featured a number of guest artists including The Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano. Soon after, Orton formed The Maledictions and 2005 saw the release of IDLE HANDS.

The band is currently gigging with a new crop of songs, some of which will be featured in an upcoming EP. A new album is also in the works.

MALEDICTION (mal-e-dik-shen): "curse, excecration"-Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary

DICTIONARY (dik-shen-air-ee):"A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic"-The Devil's Dictionary

FEMME NOIR is also currently available on CD baby.

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unique blend of dark poetry and Americana
Not just a collection of songs, but a complete artistic experience. Kevin Orton's lyrics are dark, poetic and quietly elegant, perfectly complemented by his rich baritone and the superb Maledictions. The sound is sometimes lush, sometimes spare, always original and striking. The effect is hypnotic -- listen to the whole CD at once!


Music to peel the paint off Hummers...
I've followed this Orton character since his days playing NecroFolkia at the Russian mob-controlled Orange Bear in downtown Manhattan. He can sing like a banshee in heat & those lyrics send icecubes up the ol' vertabrae. If I were on a jury I'd set the guy free no matter WHAT he looks like! And now he's gone & put together a band that's as tight as the proverbial dog's ass. I'm gonna hire these cats to play at my funeral.

C Van Strander

A Sound Full of Furies
On Kevin Orton's follow-up to "Femme Noir", the name change says it all: his sound's expanded from the mostly bare-bones, man-with-a-guitar feel of "FN" to full band treatment with the addition of the Maledictions, lending Orton's American Gothic tunes a rich and surprisingly hard sound.
While Orton still knows how to etch a simple, haunting tune ("Stark Weather"), the Maledictions' driving electrics and outstanding rhythm section fill out Orton's folk noir nicely, culminating in the almost tone-poem sin-fever of "Found the Devil". Suzanne Kaiser again works quiet magic with the dulcimer. In all, a successful new sound for Orton, blackwashing all fences in sight darker than ever.


Edgar Allen Poe Sings
If Edgar Allen Poe fronted a band, it might sound like this. Gothic skies, missing persons & yearning dirges that bring the likes of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen & Townes Van Zandt to mind. All guided by a deep baritone that touches on Jim Morrison & Nick Cave territory. Perfect for fans of Will Oldham, Jason Molina & The White Stripes.

the left side of darkness

from the jagged
have you been feeling distraught? emotionally unstable? confused? have you been feeling happy? joyful? perhaps you distrust the ephemerality of sad/happy back and forth stuff? well if that's you (or not) i highly suggest this great album of songs. Everything is solidly produced, written, and rendered. wait. hold on. as if production value is the alpha and the omega! forget that. preach: these musics evoke some sort of jilted frustrated americana that we all take part the ubiquitious GAP t-shirts and fast food establishments. THE MALEDICTIONS! i suddenly long for sagebrush. yes. i long for sagebrush. lonely sagebrush....or maybe just a paper bag from mcdonalds. either which way: it's rolling across the cityscape and it's travelling up up up up........

Subterranean Records, NYC

Kevin Orton Does It Again
Kevin Orton does it again with this sophmore release Idle Hands which he so graciously credited to the entire band The Maledictions. This is some of the most innovative music of our time. Think if you will Leonard Cohen being backed by The Mysterians or any other majorly great Garage Psych band. Sparse yet powerful. A record the Cramps might've made had they dared to venture beyond their comfortable formula. Your CD, MP3, iPod or dare I say record collection will be vastly improved with the addition of this record. This is a must for anyone whoever cared about music from the heart, hip and soul. It avoids adjectives like mundane, trite and pedestrian.
I suppose it can all be summed up with one word, BRILLIANT.
Looking forward to the next release.


The Idle Hands Of A Master
Five Stars is a Rare commodity, but This is a Rare CD. Kevin impressed me from the Beginning when Joie/DBG handed me a CD with a musical rendition of a Paul Laurence Dunbar poem -- a newer version is also included here (Kevin's the the only other person we know who is famliar with this brilliant poet). The live performances are an Entertaining show as Well. Kevin has an Actor's Heart and Soul and a Maledictions show always draws you into the Music and Performance Heart And Soul. It's more than most audiences ever Expect. Idle Hands is a Maledictions show come to life in your very own Hands. And that's what keeps us coming Back.

Mike DeSalla

Alt Country With Gothic Edge
Heard some cuts on WFOV. Sold. The dark dramatics of Nick Cave. Gutter woe of Waits. Townes Van Zandt mournful ballads. All rolled into one. My kind of thing. Too arch & over the top for navel gazing fans of Will Oldham's Death Folk, but ploughing the same field. Alt. Country with a Gothic edge. Fave tracks: Red House, Rain & Water Wide.

Scott Warren

End Of The Line
Heard these guys doing "End OF The Line" on Joey Reynolds. They were extremely moving. None of which prepared me for this thing. Some dark madness, interspersed with glimmers of sad beauty like "Line". Now I know why they're called The Maledictions.

Ana Pentaro

Americana Joy Division
In parts, a sort of an Americana Joy Division comes to mind. Elsewhere acoustic & cinematic.
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