Phil Shoenfelt & Pavel Cingl | Live At the House of Sin

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Live At the House of Sin

by Phil Shoenfelt & Pavel Cingl

The new live CD by English singer/songwriter Phil Shoenfelt and Czech violin player Pavel Cingl. These unplugged versions of old hits, plus a couple of new songs, were recorded in Prague, Czech Republic.
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1. Vivi the Flea
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2. Twisted
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3. Saviour's Day
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4. Black Rain
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5. Shivers Inside
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6. The Gambler
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7. Alchemy
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8. Martha's Well
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9. Darkest Hour
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10. Angel Street
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11. Black Venus
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12. Hospital
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13. Letter From Berlin
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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PHIL SHOENFELT & PAVEL CINGL

Phil Shoenfelt is a veteran of the London, Manchester and New York punk and post-punk scenes. After getting involved in the London punk explosion of 1976-1977, he moved to New York where he played with several Downtown bands such as The Nothing and Disturbed Furniture. In 1981 he formed Khmer Rouge with ex-The Clash DJ Barry \"Scratchy\" Myers, Marcia Schofield, and Claus Castenskiold. The first performance of the band was at the 1981 White Columns Noise Festival, organised by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. Khmer Rouge played many shows at NYC clubs such as CBGBs and The Peppermint Lounge, and also supported artists such as Alan Vega, Tom Verlaine, Nico and The Clash at concerts across the USA.

Khmer Rouge relocated to London in 1984, and went on to support The Fall on two British tours. They also recorded a four song EP with legendary British producer John Leckie. The band finally split in 1986, and a retrospective double compilation CD was released on the English label Voiceprint in September 2004.

After the split, Phil went solo and his first solo single was released in 1989 on Mark E. Smith\'s Cog Sinister label. Two solo CDs followed on different independent UK record labels: Backwoods Crucifixion and God Is The Other Face Of The Devil. These CDs are notable for the dark atmospherics and rich textures of the music.

In the early 1990’s, Phil was invited by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to be special guest at several of their UK shows. In 1994 he did a tour of the Czech Republic, backed by Czech band Ticha Dohoda, and in 1995 he moved to Prague on a permanent basis. In 1996 he formed Shoenfelt with Czech musicians Pavel Cingl, Pavel Krtous and Jarda Kvasnicka, and gradually the music took on a harder, rockier, more psychedelic edge. Since 1996 Shoenfelt have played concerts and festivals in several European countries including: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Ukraine, Hungary and Italy. Since moving to Prague, Phil and the band have recorded three more CDs for Czech record labels: Blue Highway, Dead Flowers For Alice, and Ecstatic. Several of these CDs have also been released on German, American and Greek labels. The band continues to play regularly in the Czech Republic and across Europe.

As well as being a songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, Phil is also a published novelist and poet. His autobiographical novel Junkie Love first came out in Czech translation in 1997 and was followed by a bi-lingual book of poetry and song lyrics (Zeleny Hotel/The Green Hotel). Junkie Love was published in English by Twisted Spoon Press in 2001, and in 2002 the book won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award (Drugs Books Category) in New York. Since then it has been translated into Italian and Greek, and has just been licensed to Ebury Press/Random House for UK and Commonwealth distribution.

Pavel Cingl plays violin/mandolin/rhythm guitar in Southern Cross, and on the Czech music scene he is a respected musician in his own right. After studying classical violin at the Conservatory in Prague, Pavel went on to play in the punk group Ineptus, and later played violin with the well-known Czech Blues guitarist Ivan Hlas. He has played with Phil in Southern Cross since 1997.

Phil & Pavel have just finished work on a new live CD, which they recorded at club Nova Sin in Prague last December. The CD, “Live At The House Of Sin”, contains 13 songs in an electro/acoustic setting (voice/guitar/violin/mandolin),
“Vocally, Shoenfelt reminds this writer a little of Iggy (in his croonsome moments circa \"Blah Blah Blah\"), or maybe Michael Gira in his Children of God guise, but his rich voice is nicely evocative in its\' own right, and his commanding presence ensures every drop of emotion is wrung out of these songs.\" Tim Peacock, Whisperin‘ and Hollerin‘ (CD review for Ecstatic)

“Shoenfelt’s career, brilliantly synthesized in his friend Nikki Sudden’s liner notes, has a number of eerie parallels with Nick Cave. Aside from the Berlin and Australian geographical connections, both are novelists whose hedonistic lifestyles have formed the backbone of many of their recordings.\" Jeff Penczak, Terrascope (CD review for Deep Horizon)

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Beatifully Arranged, Thought-provoking Rock CD
“Live At the House of Sin” is an incredible collaboration between English singer/songwriter Phil Shoenfelt and Czech violinist and guitarist Pavel Cingl. Recorded live at the Nova Sin club in Prague, this album features digs into the Shoenfelt songbook and features Shoenfelt on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, reminiscent of Iggy Pop and Nick Cave, and Cingl contributing incredible violin and electric guitar work to accompany the acoustic rhythms and give the tracks a full sound. The resulting songs have a great mix of gothic and folk, as Shoenfelt delivers intelligent and memorable lyrics of sorrow, love, life, and death. This is the type of performance best heard live, and “Live At the House of Sin” is recorded cleanly and the product sounds great. “Saviour’s Day” begins with clean acoustic and violin work, then moves into a sorrowful violin progression that perfectly matches the sadness of Shoenfelt’s lyrics of lost love. “Shivers Inside” features electric and acoustic guitar work, and is an incredible, slow and lyrical love song from Shoenfelt. “Hospital” is another great violin and acoustic collaboration that creates a beautiful harmonic sound and features more great lyrics from Shoenfelt. “Live At the House of Sin” is a great album, beautifully arranged, and thought-provoking from a couple of talented musicians with a lot of street cred. Fans of goth, folk, and the likes of Iggy Pop and Nick Cave should definitely pick this one up.
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Congratulations on GrIndie Award
“Live At the House of Sin” is an incredible collaboration between English singer/songwriter Phil Shoenfelt and Czech violinist and guitarist Pavel Cingl. Recorded live at the Nova Sin club in Prague, this album features digs into the Shoenfelt songbook and features Shoenfelt on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, reminiscent of Iggy Pop and Nick Cave, and Cingl contributing incredible violin and electric guitar work to accompany the acoustic rhythms and give the tracks a full sound. The resulting songs have a great mix of gothic and folk, as Shoenfelt delivers intelligent and memorable lyrics of sorrow, love, life, and death. This is the type of performance best heard live, and “Live At the House of Sin” is recorded cleanly and the product sounds great. “Saviour’s Day” begins with clean acoustic and violin work, then moves into a sorrowful violin progression that perfectly matches the sadness of Shoenfelt’s lyrics of lost love. “Shivers Inside” features electric and acoustic guitar work, and is an incredible, slow and lyrical love song from Shoenfelt. “Hospital” is another great violin and acoustic collaboration that creates a beautiful harmonic sound and features more great lyrics from Shoenfelt. “Live At the House of Sin” is a great album, beautifully arranged, and thought-provoking from a couple of talented musicians with a lot of street cred. Fans of goth, folk, and the likes of Iggy Pop and Nick Cave should definitely pick this one up.
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