The Handsome Family是一个另类乡村美洲形成二人由夫妻Brett和伦尼·斯帕克斯的芝加哥，伊利诺伊州，目前总部设在 阿尔布开克，新墨西哥。他们可能以专辑Singing Bones中的歌曲“ Far from Any Road ” 而闻名，该歌曲被用作HBO 2014年犯罪戏剧“ 真侦探 ”第一季的主打主题。乐队的第十张专辑Unseen于2016年9月16日发行，这是该乐队自己的唱片公司的第一张新专辑并通过长期的标签 Loose in Europe。
夫妻二人Brett Sparks（人声，吉他，键盘）和Rennie Sparks（贝斯，班卓琴，人声）与鼓手Mike Werner组成了乐队。乐队后来围绕着写歌词的Rennie和写音乐的Brett旋转。来宾音乐家完成了乐队的录音和现场表演。
在这些事件之后，他们写了他们的第三张全长专辑《穿越树》，其中包括一首受布雷特在精神病学部门的经验启发的歌曲。他们在1998年使用Jeff Tweedy的移动工作室录制了专辑，然后将乐队带到了更广阔的听众。 UNCUT将其命名为“年度最佳新乡村专辑”。
越来越多的追随者和知名度高的布雷特和雷尼放弃了日常工作，全职从事乐队工作。他们再次巡回美洲和欧洲，以支持2000年的专辑“空中”。那年，雷尼的短篇小说《邪恶》由芝加哥出版商黑洞出版社发行。 2001年，他们搬到新墨西哥州的阿尔伯克基（Albuquerque），发行了Twilight，Allmusic认为这张专辑使“听众走下了一条可爱却又黑暗的足迹，很少有人敢踩两次”。 2002年，他们发行了现场专辑Live at Schuba’s Tavern，这是The In The Air的唱片2000年12月从芝加哥巡回演出。随后，他们发行了专辑Singing Bones（2003），Last Days of Wonder（2006），Honey Moon（2009）和Wilderness（2013）以及Smothered系列和Covered（2003）和Scattered（2010）。他们的最新专辑Unseen在2016年9月发行。
该节目的音乐总监T Bone Burnett将专辑《Singing Bones》中的曲目“ Far from Any Road” 用作HBO 2014年犯罪剧《True Detective》的主题曲。
音乐家安德鲁·伯德（Andrew Bird）多次翻唱了他们的歌曲，包括2014年发行的翻唱全长专辑《这里的事真的很棒》，《 …
Rennie的歌词具有很强的说故事性，它借鉴了哥特式小说以及美国民间音乐的主题，并且经常涉及令人毛骨悚然的主题，例如谋杀，自杀和鬼魂。有些歌曲还根据实际的历史人物或事件，包括Amelia Earhart的生与死（《牛奶和剪刀》中的《 Amelia Earhart与跳舞的熊》），Emily Shore（《 Emilly Shore 1819–1839》，在Milk上）和剪刀），罗伯特·瓦德罗（“伊利诺伊州的巨人”，在穿过树林），娜塔莉·伍德（“纳塔利伍德”，一个通气管从“暮光之城”（出现在“被窒息和掩盖”）和“尼古拉·特斯拉”（“特斯拉的酒店客房”，出现在《奇迹的最后一天》上）。“神奇的末日”的标题是对清教徒科学家和女巫猎人卡特·马瑟（ Cotton Mather）1693年出版的《看不见的世界的奇观》的引用，雷尼之所以感兴趣，是因为她称之为“疯狂充斥于事物的表面”。
The Handsome Family is an alternative country and Americana duo consisting of husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks formed in Chicago, Illinois, and currently[when?] based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are perhaps best known for their song “Far from Any Road” from the album Singing Bones, which was used as the main title theme for the first season of HBO’s 2014 crime drama True Detective. The band’s 10th album, Unseen, was released on September 16, 2016, the first new release on the band’s own label and through long-time label Loose in Europe.
Husband-and-wife duo Brett Sparks (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Rennie Sparks (bass, banjo, vocals) formed the band in 1993, along with drummer Mike Werner. The band would later revolve around Rennie, who writes the lyrics, and Brett, who writes the music. Guest musicians complete the band line-up for recordings and live work.
Regarding the band name, Brett said in an interview: “It’s just kind of a stupid name. We used to have this really obnoxious drummer, and he used to call me ‘Handsome’, that was his nickname for me, I think for sarcastic reasons… And he wanted to call it the Handsome Family… and we thought it was funny, too. We thought it was a good name.”
Brett is originally from Odessa, Texas and Rennie from Long Island. The band toured extensively throughout both America and Europe in support of early releases Odessa (1994) and Milk and Scissors (1996). During that time, Brett suffered an emotional breakdown, resulting in his hospitalization and diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
They wrote their third full-length album, Through the Trees, in the aftermath of these events, and included a song inspired by Brett’s experiences in the psychiatric unit. They recorded the album in 1998, using Jeff Tweedy’s mobile studio, and brought the band to a wider audience. UNCUT named it the “Best New Country Album of the Year”.
A growing following and raised profile allowed Brett and Rennie to give up their day jobs and work on the band full-time. They toured America and Europe again in support of the 2000 album In the Air. That year, Rennie’s book of short stories, Evil, was released by Chicago publisher Black Hole Press. In 2001, they moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and released Twilight, with Allmusic opining that the album leads “the listener down a lovely yet dark trail few would dare tread twice”. In 2002, they released a live album, Live at Schuba’s Tavern, a recording from the In the Air tour from Chicago in December 2000. They have subsequently released the albums Singing Bones (2003), Last Days of Wonder (2006), Honey Moon (2009), and Wilderness (2013) as well as the collections Smothered and Covered (2003) and Scattered (2010). Their latest album, Unseen was released in September 2016.
The track “Far from Any Road,” from the album Singing Bones, was used as the main title theme song for HBO’s 2014 crime drama True Detective by the show’s music director, T Bone Burnett.
Their songs have been covered repeatedly by musician Andrew Bird, including a full-length album of covers released in 2014, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…
The Handsome Family’s style is a blend of traditional country, bluegrass, and murder ballads. Early recordings have rock elements, but these were less evident from 1996’s Milk and Scissors onwards.
Rennie’s lyrics have a strong storytelling component, drawing on themes from Gothic fiction, as well as American folk music, and often involving macabre subjects as murders, suicides and ghosts. Some songs are also based on actual historical figures or events, including the lives and deaths of Amelia Earhart (“Amelia Earhart vs. the Dancing Bear”, on Milk and Scissors), Emily Shore (“Emily Shore 1819–1839”, on Milk and Scissors), Robert Wadlow (“The Giant of Illinois”, on Through the Trees), Natalie Wood (“Natalie Wood”, an outtake from Twilight, which appears on Smothered and Covered), and Nikola Tesla (“Tesla’s Hotel Room”, on Last Days of Wonder). The title of Last Days of Wonder is a reference to Puritan scientist and witch-hunter Cotton Mather’s 1693 book Wonders of the Invisible World, which Rennie found intriguing because of what she called its “madness brimming under the surface of things.”
1995. The Handsome Family – Odessa
1996. The Handsome Family – Milk And Scissors
1998. The Handsome Family – Through The Trees
2000. The Handsome Family – In The Air
2001. The Handsome Family – Twilight
2002. The Handsome Family – Smothered And Covered
2003. The Handsome Family – Singing Bones
2006. The Handsome Family – Last Days of Wonder
2009. The Handsome Family – Honey Moon
2013. The Handsome Family – Wilderness
2016. The Handsome Family – Unseen (24-48)