Postcards From The Dark Highway is an epic tale of love, war, death and rock'n'roll. Le Chat Noir’s third studio album, released in May 2009, is a thematic prequel to the band's previous two albums, returning to the fictional setting of Silver City and the surrounding Wild West-inspired landscape. Over the course of its 14 tracks the album relates the story of Jack Valentine and Roxy Lecoeur - a pair of desperados who fall foul of the law, fall in love, form a band and ultimately meet their untimely ends out on the Dark Highway.
Fans of the previous albums will find out why Mary Lee became a femme fatale as well as meeting a rich host of new characters including the corrupt vigilante priest Father Blackheart, the relentless lawmen of the Silver City Regulators and the saviour of rock'n'roll himself: the legendary Johnny Moorview!
"The process of recording and writing Postcards From The Dark Highway was a long and at times frustrating journey. We were determined to capture our live energy so that people who haven’t been able to see us yet could get a flavour of what we’re really about. After several aborted attempts we decided to strip things right down and record the music ‘live’ with our gigging equipment; no overdubs or embellishments, just the in-your-face sound you’d expect to hear at one of our shows.
In a studio situation you’re faced with the option of layering more guitar parts, adding bass and so on. We’ve resisted the temptation to do this and have tried to stay as true to our live sound and spirit as possible. Panned left and right you will hear my guitar and bass amps recorded simultaneously, with drums and a single vocal take down the middle.
We are proud of this album and we hope you’ll find its direct, raw sound to be refreshing in a world increasingly dominated by fake, overproduced records that bands struggle to reproduce in a live setting.
Rock music shouldn’t be sanitised. We believe that rock’n’roll comes from the soul. It should be played live and loud, warts and all."
Exclusive artwork by Teddy Hesper and 8 page booklet. The album was recorded in the spring of 2009 at The Cat's Cradle, Devon, england.
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