The new album from Health&Beauty – Shame Engine / Blood Pleasure – is their 2nd for Wichita Recordings and the 7th of their career. The recording features a large cast of musicians from the outfit’s past and its present helping the band’s founder and sole constant Brian J Sulpizio achieve his idiosyncratic vision—a sound and ethos he’s been kicking around, retooling, and finessing for more than 15 years. The new album conveys a directness and scorching power that seems to stem from the band’s live performances, whether the harrowing, droning blues of the opener “Saturday Night” or the soulful Irish-tinged folk-rock of “Recourse.” The most gripping and satisfying installment in Health&Beauty’s process yet, renowned Chicago music critic, Peter Margasak, has declared Shame Engine / Blood Pleasure as “one of the great rock albums to emerge from Chicago this decade”, and it’s surely one for fans of Jim O’Rourke’s song-based output, as well as appealing to anyone who enjoys “Tonight’s The Night”-era Neil Young.
released November 22, 2019
Brian J Sulpizio - vocal / guitar
Jake Acosta - guitar
Bill Satek - bass on SN, RS, BL, Re, LCBK
Seth Vanek - drums on SN, RS, BL, Re, LCBK
Justin Amolsch - French horn, trumpet
Alina Bea - backing vocals
Ben Boye - piano, horn arrangement on J
Nick Broste - trombone
Cooper Crain - bass on C, technical support
Barry Fontenot - backing vocals on LCBK
Mike Forbes - saxophone
Whitney Johnson - viola, horn arrangement on BL
Jeff Milam - drums on C
Frank Rosaly - drums on YW, L, J, horn arrangement on RS
Andrew Scott Young - bass on YW, L, J
All songs by Health&Beauty.
Published by HEALTHY BOOTY (ASCAP).
Recorded by Sulpizio at home in Chicago except EE at Jamdek.
Mixed by Theo Karon at Hotel Earth in Los Angeles.
Mastered by Justin Dennis in Chicago.
Artwork and layout by Field of Grass.