Performing with Simple Minds at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
And so, after three months of touring Europe and the UK with Simple Minds, I’m finally home! Everything has an end and what a ride it’s been since leaving my house to start rehearsals in early December 2014. I’ve had a blast on tour and met so many great people along the way…
If you missed out on the merch stall during the tour, there’s now a small number of signed 12" vinyl of the One For Sorrow EP for sale in my Bandcamp store (signed by me and co-producer Paul Draper, while stocks last). Please send a note with your order if you’d like yours personalised:
And so to the album…This time last year the first single ‘What Goes Around’ was being released as a limited 7". It’s been a tough year since then. So many obstacles have been thrown in the path of completing the record and there’s been times where it has seemed like the only sane option would be to walk away and give up. But, as I’ve finally been putting the finishing touches to the album on my rare days off on tour over the past few months I think about how I would have loved my Dad to have seen it released, how thankful I am for all the incredible people who have contributed along the way, and wonder if I’d have known how tough it would be, would I have been put off this path? And then I think of Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better…” In short, release news coming very soon!
For now I’m off to unpack my suitcase as I’m back home for just a week before we fly off to Las Vegas to perform at the Billboard Music Awards. So many exciting things are happening at the moment, so just time to say thank you all for supporting me in some way or other, by coming to see a show or downloading a track.
Live Photos by Vince Barker.
So here it is. The video for ‘One For Sorrow’.
It’s made up of archive footage that I compiled from the Prelinger archive of instructional films from the 1950s on marriage, human reproduction and domesticity… The finished video is a Homeland-inspired collaboration with the amazing guys at Beatcast. It sees my original film collage projected onto a series of “brides through the ages”, also featuring my not-at-all-Miss-Havisham-esque extensive vintage wedding dress collection….
The One For Sorrow EP will be released on November 3rd via Hiraeth/PIAS.The EP will be available as a 12” vinyl from all good record stores, digital download (with an iTunes exclusive remix from Ghosting Season), and a limited edition signed CD/romance novel edition, exclusively from Bandcamp, now available to preorder:
Ltd Signed CD/Book Bundle: PREORDER HERE
iTunes exclusive 5 track EP: BUY HERE
“A great, dark classic pop song” - STEVE LAMACQ, BBC 6MUSIC
“Imperious vocals… oddball & accessible.” - 20 tracks you have to hear this week, NME
“What happened to Mansun’s Paul Draper? Well, he’s producing The Anchoress and the results are quite something” - CLASH
‘What Goes Around’ is one hell of an introduction, mixing epic Broadway strings with military drums, a sprinkling of Disney pianos, menacing slithers of riffs, and lyrics that make you fear ever messing with womankind.“ - DROWNED IN SOUND
‘What Goes Around’ will be released on May 5th 2014 via TOO PURE