Among the various Wino projects, The Hidden Hand is bound to be overlooked. Pairing Scott Weinrich‘s guitar and vocals with the bass, vocals and production of Bruce Falkinburg and an assortment of drummers, the band had the profile of neither Spirit Caravan, which preceded, nor the Wino band and Shrinebuilder, which followed. The context of the four years since the band’s last album — the wandering but still underrated The Resurrection of Whiskey Foote — has left the trio with an in-between place in Wino lore.
Nonetheless, The Hidden Hand resulted in three varied and enjoyable full-lengths, from the straightforward drive of 2003′s Divine Propaganda onward through 2004′s well-balanced political firestorm, Mother Teacher Destroyer, and the sprawling finale already mentioned. For devotees of Wino, they’re an immediate must.
The clip below was shot in 2004 at the much-missed Emissions From the Monolith festival at the Nyabinghi in Youngstown, Ohio. The song is “Welcome to Sunshine” from the Night Letters split with D.C. doomers Wooly Mammoth, released that same year.
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