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Chicago ’08 Review

chicagotribune.com Sharing checkered histories and predatory voices, Gutter Twins Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan are both accustomed to darkness. So it was no surprise that the former Afghan Whigs leader and ex-Screaming Trees frontman, respectively, strolled onto a dimly lit Metro stage at 1:30 a.m. early Saturday morning. The vampiric hour befit the 90 minutes of otherworldly music that followed. Streaked with religious references and soulful undercurrents, the duo’s collaborative songs sought salvation as they confronted demons, sickness and desires. Tempos lurched and crawled; spiritual…

A Dark Night With the Gutter Twins

Seattlest: We Went Try as they might Tuesday, Great Northern couldn’t bring much levity to a heavy night at the Showbox. Their fuzzy, bordering-on-pop sound was like the prologue of a bad dream—when you know something bad’s coming, but for the moment, things are truly swell. In this case, badness (in the coolest sense of the word) was the looming presence of Mark Lanegan and Greg Dulli: The Gutter Twins. While the place was still pretty well-lit, Rachel Stolte’s beautiful, rich voice swirled around the…

From down in the dark: The Gutter Twins step into the light

Drowned in Sound by Dave Kerr Are you just up? “Nah, I’ve been up for a while.” DiS fills another agonising silence by suggesting Mark Lanegan’s monosyllabic reticence might be down to something other than an indifferent disposition. Consciously or not, his distance puts the kibosh on the zillionth attempt to demystify some small part of his growling, gothic lexicon. The ‘Fire and Ice’ analogy torn straight out of a James Ellroy novel by Lanegan’s tag team buddy Greg Dulli to describe the bluesy duo’s…

Two Princes

Portland Mercury The Original Sin of the Gutter Twins by Ezra Ace Caraeff It’s dirty. The idea of combining the heavily tattooed, sullen skulk of Mark Lanegan—he of ex-Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age fame—alongside the glutinous howl of Greg Dulli—he of Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers fame—is just plain wrong. But, thankfully, there is no law against bringing together these two mammoth forces of sinfulness on the same stage, the same record, and the same band. Say hello to the Gutter Twins….

Alt-rock vets join forces as Gutter Twins

Reuters/Billboard By Cortney Harding NEW YORK (Billboard) – For a duo who refer to themselves as the “Satanic Everly Brothers,” Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan are rather polite, friendly fellows. Over lunch at an Italian restaurant in New York, they chatted easily about favorite TV shows (Lanegan is partial to AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” Dulli is obsessed with “Lost”) and gamely retold the story of how an offhand comment to a writer finally compelled them to finish and release the long-gestating Gutter Twins record. That album,…

Electric Cafe Interview

Read the full, very well formatted article at Blacklodges.com Not just in context of the album but also you personally, what is your relationship towards art and commerce? Greg: Well, it takes money to make art, so to engage in commerce to continue making your art is absolutely necessary. At the same time we’re living in a time where short cuts are taken and liberties are taken by people to obtain music, so you know, we’re sort of in the wild west again, in my…

Saturnalia – The Guardian

guardian.co.uk Arts 4 Stars Rob Fitzpatrick As the only two survivors from the original grunge-bonanza with senses and credibility still intact, Gutter Twins’ Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) are something of a dream ticket for anyone still in thrall to the early 1990s. Both are masters of the bleakly beautiful dirge, and accordingly, Saturnalia is heavy with whiskey and cigarette-scented psychedelic soul. The Stations, despite Greg Dulli playing nearly every instrument, is defined by Lanegan’s vocal, which invokes a malevolent heavenly…

Saturnalia – WISN.com

WISN Milwaukee As Mark Lanegan of the Screaming Trees wailed in his brooding baritone in the Seattle band’s early ’90s, alternative-rock quasi-hit, “Nearly Lost You,” it’s unlikely that he knew he was crooning a phrase that could serve as the hope-filled motto for the majority of his career. Every time the singer seemed poised to break through, widespread recognition slipped through his fingers. Still, Lanegan has kept chasing the dream. In the song, Lanegan growls about an allusive, hellish nightmare that keeps calling him back…

Saturnalia – Montreal Gazette

Canada.com ****1/2 From doombound opener The Stations through to Front Street, this tag-team between two alt-rock dramatists – Mark Lanegan and Greg Dulli – finally consummate their long collaborative flirtation. They’re a band now, and how. Moody, moonless and muscular, this is a Gimme Shelter for ’08, an extended wrestle with some kind of damnation. Given the darkness and the lavish biblical imagery, we’ll call it Gothspel, with Dulli’s reckless voice (mainly within discipline) and Lanegan’s grave growl surprisingly well-matched. There are many shades of…

Saturnalia – Santa Fe New Mexican

Terrell’s Tune-Up – SantaFeNewMexican.com Gloomy tunes from two Rarely have gloom and damnation sounded so attractive. Under the collective name of The Gutter Twins, Mark Lanegan — former lead moaner of Screaming Trees — and Greg Dulli — best known as the main voice of The Afghan Whigs and, more recently, The Twilight Singers — have teamed up to create Saturnalia, a foreboding serenade for a dark night of the soul, a morose masterpiece that captures the strengths of each of the Twins. It’s full…

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