This US neo-folk band is the creation of singer-songwriter Joel Thibodeau (16 July 1975, Berlin, Germany). Thibodeau was raised in Kennebunkport, Maine, USA, where he was profoundly affected by the haunted sadness of the ageing inhabitants. He found solace in music and learnt how to play the guitar, which became a catalyst to his songwriting. Thibodeau left Maine in his teens and moved to Boston, then onto Providence, before eventually settling in Brooklyn, New York. It was in Providence that he formed the group String Builder with his brother Alec (who still works with him) and guitarist Erik Carlson, who he had met in Boston when Carlson played in Purple Ivy Shadows. String Builder released a few banjo-based folk excursions, but never really realised any sustained success, so it was from their ashes that Death Vessel was born. Loosely formed in 2004, as a group made up mainly of friends and musicians he had made on the neo-folk scene, Thibodeau went straight to...