Micah P. Hinson: The Sleep of The Damned

Americana great, Texan musician Micah P. Hinson, has been coming up with prominent records at a very steady pace since the 2004 breakthrough, Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress. His new album with his band, the Musicians of the Apocalypse, is scheduled for release through Full Time Hobby on October 26th, 2018, carrying the enticing title, When I Shoot At You With Arrows, I Will Shoot To Destroy You.

The Sleep of The Damned is the newest piece unveiled off the coming album, revealing the artist in great writing form, and ready to deliver another conspicuous record, right before an upcoming handful of European shows in November and December.

Micah has a lot to say about the new song: "I have no better way to say it - The Sleep of The Damned is about a Society that is giving up and giving in to things they know little, to nothing, about- or moreover the Outcomes of Behaviors. The Song Lyrics masquerade in this concept of being stuck in the back of a car, with Bonnie holding the wheel, brandishing a pistol- we, in the back seat, are helpless, confused, willing to give in, willing to be an accomplice, but not actively responsible, yet that really is simply stating how dangerous it is to hand over the reins to things humans have never had to consider. In this Present Time, what are we giving up? And what are we gaining? Who will win? I don't think it'll be Humankind. We must keep control of our Minds and Souls- we must be aware of our Present Condition. We seem Lost, we seem Aloof- there is no sense of being Humble... We search for Joy, Love, Mercy, and Grace in all the wrong places. The Power is within us- not without us. As Bowie says, 'We Can Be Heroes. Just For One Day.' I Believe in Humanity. I Believe in the Power of The Human Soul. We can transcend Our Condition. We can transcend Life if we so choose."

Written in just a matter of weeks, and recorded in just one day alongside a group of selected musicians that had played an important part in Micah P. Hinson's musical cultivation, the new album follows last year's acclaimed Micah P. Hinson Presents The Holy Strangers, and marks a brand new start for the reinvigorated band.

"There is a cathedral in the town of Santiago de Compostela," explains Micah. "It is said to be the final resting place of St. James. Going back through history, pilgrims have been trekking to, and from, the cathedral for years, wanting to find peace, solace, and hope in their steps along the walk from France- into Spain- within the ancient Basque Country. Once inside the grand doors of this cathedral is a statue. A man named Master Mateo took it upon himself to carve it from stone in the 12th century. It is of St. James, surrounded by 24 musicians- seemingly trapped in stone of the ages- their ancient instruments in hand: some tuning, some looking, some simply sitting and waiting. They have been waiting patiently for over 800 years- waiting for St. James to lift his hands and begin to conduct them. They are The Musicians of The Apocalypse. They will bring Hell and Heaven to Earth. They will bring The Apocalypse."

Photo by Ashley Bryn Gregory Hinson


Fri 30 November - Penninck Huis - Deventer, NL
Sat 01 December - HINK Festival - Den Haag, NL
Sun 02 December - Autumn Falls Festival - Brussels, BE
Tue 04 December - Oslo, London, UK

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