The band and I had a gay old time with Marc Riley in Manchester yesterday evening. After my brief chat with Marc, we went through a few songs and then disappeared into the night, arriving home to our welcoming beds in London. Below is a short video diary of my trip, and below that are embedded the three songs that we played for the programme. I also pre-recorded newer song "Honey, Please" for Gideon Coe, you can listen to that as well as the other three on my SoundCloud page.
Clash have written very kindly about the first track from my forthcoming album today. They're streaming "Sarah, Plain & Tall" on their website, you can listen below.
They write: "His take on atmospheric post punk casts chiming shadows through an Echo & The Bunnymen shaped prism of multi-layered guitars and low-fi loops to impressive effect. With a voice reminiscent of obscure late 80’s indie troubadour Bill Pritchard, fragile yet attractive, he also channels the sound of Smiths-era underground British guitar pop, whilst an unfussy backbeat breaks the song up and down with weary panache." Read Libby Moné's full article here.
I love Evans The Death. Half of them are from my neck of the woods (Brentwood's neighbouring town of Chelmsford) and they've released consistently great pop music for about four or five years now, I think. I tried to book them for my old club night Construction House in 2010 but unfortunately they had to pull out at the last second.
Thankfully I've been given an opportunity to play with them next month at The Old Blue Last (RSVP here). Charlie & co are going to play some records again, it's going to be great.
On the 23rd March I'll be joining Dexter Bentley at Resonance, 104.4 FM to play a live session with my band. Resonance is the world's first radio arts station, showcasing diverse talent both local and international. They've featured early performances from XX Teens and Trash Kit as well as my friends from Flats and Electricity In Our Homes. Furthermore, one of my favourite comics Stewart Lee is a Resonance patron; of the show, he says "it's the only thing I listen to, really" which is a good enough endorsement for me.
Also joining me to play live will be legendary punk Vic Godard, of the seminal group The Subway Sect. Here's a session they did for John Peel in 1977. Anyway, tune in on the 23rd.
Last month a small crew made up of extras, producers and camera operators embarked on a journey into deepest darkest Dalston to shoot the video for my forthcoming new single, "Children's Bones".
The finished product is now online, and we are all pleased with the result. Watch below; keep scrolling afterwards, though, because I've put together a small behind the scenes video to show you the vision that is me walking around in public, looking very pink and cold.
Anyway my sincerest thanks to Angelica Riccardi, Beniamino Barrese, Samir Eskanda, Peggy-Sue Cranney, Danny Stead and Rhiannon Thomas for making the production possible.
Last year David Blanco and Will Shutes started a record label called Blank Editions, and released a single by my friend Charlie Boyer as part of The Solo Series, a run of limited edition singles by soloists and single members of already-established bands. I thought it was a great idea so I went into the studio with a band, recorded a single and asked to be part of the project.
After hearing the record I produced, David invited me to be on the roster, and I'm happy to announce that "Children's Bones" (b/w "Fat & Ugly") will be released by Blank Editions on 25th February. You can order it here; the limited edition, 7" only release will also be available in selected UK record shops.
I also made a video with some friends of mine, have a look at the trailer below.