One of favourite singer-songwriters Bryde unveiled her debut solo full length LP today, with a host of tempting pre-order packages, the album entitled, Like an Island is set for release on the 13th of April, as a tempter for the pre-order, take a listen to the excellent lead single To Be Brave below.
Under her nom de plume Sarah Howells’ music has moved into the shadows, it’s darker, has a real edge, sonically and in the subject matter, if this track is indicative then this album is going to be just wonderful.
The album is a record of catharsis which gives a voice to bad times and exorcises old demons… or in Bryde’s words it “sets a girl free”.
She explores themes of independence, liberation, and relationships, her inimitable brand of candid indie rock is realised with mixing help from Catherine Marks and mastering by Mandy Parnell.
Bryde’s music tells us about the strength people can find in doing their own thing, in a world in which we’re told we should have to conform to other people’s rules, even when they’re not good for us, even when they cause us pain.
Bryde on the single; “‘To Be Brave’ was written as kind of a soft squeeze of the hand to many friends who have, like me, been through many a dark period and put on a brave face and just got on with it. It’s a comment about how we all live out certain episodes of our lives in such a public setting these days that I feel we almost edit them to appear flawless, nothing but smiles.”
The Spook School’s new album Could It Be Different? is a masterclass in indie pop punk, relevant, immediate, political, melodic, vital, joyous, anthemic, flashing strobe-like, darkness to light – the band tackle body dysmorphia, Body, serve-up a two-fingered salute to destructive relationships, Still Alive, offer rueful thoughts on past emotional encounters, I Hope She Loves You, reflections on the uncontrollable consequence or unavoidable expectations of choices, High School, reaction to Brexit, Bad Year, moving on, Keep in Touch, that imperfection is okay, Alright (Sometimes) and joyful defiance, I Only Dance When I Want To.
The album asks a question, I have another, – is it too early in the calendar to start talking about the record of the year? – highly recommended.
With their new album, This Is Eggland due out on 23 February via Egg Records the band have a series of dates lined up in February, with support from Phill Jupitus (Porky The Poet) on all dates:
Thu 8: The Yorkshire House, Lancaster
Fri 9: The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Sat 10: The Cluny, Newcastle
Sun 11: The Mash House, Edinburgh
Mon 12: Stereo, Glasgow
Tue 13: The Adelphi, Hull
Wed 14: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Thu 15: The Cellar, Oxford
Fri 16: The 100 Club, London
Sat 17: Band on the Wall, Manchester