The new single from Danny & The Champions Of The World, out 28 April 2017. Taken from the forthcoming album ‘Brilliant Light’, out 23 June 2017. Pre-order
Here come Danny & The Champions Of The World writing themselves large, giving themselves the space, and taking the time, to deliver a magnum opus. With Brilliant Light Danny Wilson has made his All Things Must Pass – a big record of hit after hit stretching over two albums plus a further bonus set of instrumentals. He’s allowed both himself and his band the absolute freedom to explore, experiment, and collaborate, and they’ve grabbed it with both hands.
Hidden away somewhere on this wide-ranging new Danny & The Champions Of The World album you’ll find the question “can we release ourselves back into the brilliant light?”. For Danny Wilson the brilliant light is creativity, but more than that it’s collaborative creativity, and the process of birthing these songs, both by design and serendipity, has been about maximising the creative potential of all the Champs. The two previous Champs collections Stay True (2013) and What Kind Of Love (2015) were each recorded over intensive ten day stints. The songs written and rehearsed, the musicians gathered in North London at bassist Chris Clarke’s Reservoir Studios and tracked everything at one fell swoop. This time around Danny wanted something different allowing an all-encompassing view of what the band was capable of. They started going into Reservoir once a month, recording what they had live, without too much reflection or correction, and then putting those results in a box and leaving them be. Every month saw a scramble to find songs to record requiring an encouragement to every band member to bring something to the table. Writing with guitarist Paul Lush for What Kind Of Love had proved liberating to Danny who’d rarely co-composed since writing with brother Julian for his previous band Grand Drive. It was exciting and rejuvenating. Scary too but reawakening, and so he’d repeatedly be asking, “have you got an idea for a song?”, and as the months passed and the cache grew more things were tried; different configurations, other collaborators, and along the way a cluster of instrumentals arrived too. So “Brilliant Light” came slowly but steadily to life, a double album of 18 songs, with a bonus album of instrumentals entitled “Photogene
Polly and the Billets Doux have launched a campaign with PledgeMusic to fund their second album, set for release in May 2014. Today, they have also announced a 26-date tour in support of the new record.
10/04 DEAL The Astor Theatre
11/04 KELVEDON Live at the Institute
01/05 NEWBURY Arlington Arts Centre
02/05 OXFORD Bullingdon Arms
03/05 KEIGHLEY Exchange Arts Centre
04/05 KIRTON IN LINDSEY Town Hall
06/05 NORWICH The Bicycle Shop
07/05 SOUTHPORT The Atkinson Theatre
08/05 PEEBLES Eastgate Theatre
09/05 GLASGOW King Tut’s
10/05 EDINBURGH Electric Circus
11/05 AVIEMORE Old Bridge Inn
16/05 HEMEL HEMPSTEAD Old Town Hall Arts Centre
17/05 CARDIFF Four Bars at Dempsey’s
20/05 LEICESTER The Musician
21/05 LOWDHAM The Old Ship Inn
22/05 SHEFFIELD Greystones
23/05 BATH Chapel Arts Centre
24/05 TOTNES South Devon Arts Centre
25/05 DERBYSHIRE Bearded Theory Festival
27/05 BRIGHTON Latest Music Bar
28/05 ALDERSHOT West End Centre
29/05 ANDOVER The Lights
30/05 LONDON Kings Place
31/05 UTTOXETER Acoustic Festival of Great Britain
01/06 CHELTENHAM Wychwood Festival
Posted about Fire Mountain back in 2012 and their excellent EP Of the Dust the band have just recorded their debut album, All Dies Down and are raising funds via a Pledge campaign to finish the production and cover the printing costs, check it out and make a pledge here, definitely worth getting behind.
For the past two years lead vocalist Perry Brown and the members of Fire Mountain have been writing songs for this record and posting preview demos to their Soundcloud page. Although rough tracks, these demos give their listeners and fans an idea of how All Dies Down will sound. Growing musically since their EP, Of The Dust, All Dies Down was recorded in the second half of 2013 in Birmingham, Alabama with help from Lester Nuby and songwriter Arthur Alligood, the album showcases the new wisdom Fire Mountain has gained through starting their families and other life experiences.
It was not intended to be the first single, in fact it was not intended there would even be a single right now, but it only seemed right and fitting to mark the sad passing of the magnificent George Jones. A man who, both as a singer, and songwriter, was such a huge influence on me. The music and legacy of George and Tammy was very much the template for Lou and I when we began My Darling Clementine.
2 years ago I read George’s amazing biography, “I Lived To Tell It All” (it makes Keith Richards biog seems like Enid Blyton). There were so many great lines in the book, I started jotting a few down. The end result was this song…. “The Gospel According To George’ .