Who’s looking forward to Record Store Day UK on 21 April? Nick’s a passionate supporter of independent music and delighted to be a part of this wonderful event with the release of ‘The Stars’ on 10″ clear vinyl via Gladsome Hawk.
Not for nothing did MOJO name ‘The Stars’ as a top 10 single and best track on the album. ? There’s also an exclusive b-side – ‘Everyone & Everything’.
Record Store Day is an annual event to that supports and celebrates local record shops. That means if you’d like to buy this the first week of release, your local record shop is the only place you’ll be able to find it. After that, it’ll be available online and all the usual places.
If you’re not already familiar with the brilliance that is Thomas Walsh, perhaps you could start with one of Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys) favourites, ‘It’s Nice to be Nice’ from 2005’s Jollity album. We completely agree with Popmatters on this, it’s “eleven home-made songs that arrive fully realized, a collection of small melodic masterpieces”.
Or maybe start with ‘Apples’ one of Andy Partridge of XTC’s top tracks of 2002 from Almanac. At release it was named #61 in the Hot Press top 100 Irish albums of all-time and prompted Partridge to sign Pugwash to his Ape label and co-write several songs with him.
Or explore Walsh’s Ivor Novello nominated collaboration with Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon, The Duckworth Lewis Method (the world’s greatest cricket pop combo).
Or how about one of Nick’s favourite tracks from the latest album, last year’s critically acclaimed Silverlake? Recorded in LA with Jason Faulkner (former member of Jellyfish, and respected solo artist who’s worked with everyone from Air to McCartney), it’s essentially a collaboration where Walsh wrote all 11 songs, arranged them, and played acoustic guitar. Faulkner played everything else (except strings), sang backing vocals and recorded/produced. The result is a classy pop-rock feast of Walsh’s endlessly hooky melodies and Falkner’s unmistakeable sonic footprint.
Were looking forward to the tour and hope to see you there.
Nick Heyward’s classic power pop album From Monday to Sunday was released on this day in 1993 by Epic Records.
The lead single ‘Kite’ reached No. 4 in Billboard’s Hot Modern Tracks chart (aka the US college radio chart) thanks to the support of DJs like Rodney Bingenheimer from KROQ in Los Angeles. Blogger Jim Kee reckons it’s “like a 90’s Penny Lane”. We won’t argue with that.
Looking through reviews of the album online led us to Amazon’s user reviews and they really are something to behold. Here are a few snippets:
“I could kick myself for missing this one: it’s an album that radiates with sheer pop goodness… Don’t hold Nick’s sweater-wearing past against him. This is first-class pop music.” Donald E. Gilliland
“Why isn’t this album on the top 10 of any “Best albums of all time” lists. This record is brilliant beyond words. It deserves more than five stars. I can’t explain this record exactly but I would say this would be the sound version to your Idea of the best day you ever had. Beautiful just like rainy days.” Amazon Customer
“A pop masterpiece all the way through. It will make you believe in music again.” Michael Paulsen
This performance of ‘Kite’ from The Late Show with Conan O’Brien has Phil Taylor on bass (recently seen co-producing tracks on Nick’s latest, Woodland Echoes), Anthony Clark on keyboards (also contributed to Woodland Echoes), Graham Ward on drums, Donald Skinner on guitar, and from Conan O’Brien’s house band, Jimmy Vivino on mandolin.