The Stars 10″ released on Record Store Day 2018

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.

Very special guest PUGWASH to support the UK Woodland Echoes tour

We’re honoured to announce very special guest Pugwash will be supporting the entire Woodland Echoes UK tour this summer.

24/05 Brighton, Concorde 2
25/05 London, Islington Academy
31/05 Stockton-on-Tees, ARC
01/06 Birmingham, O2 Academy
02/06 Liverpool, O2 Academy
07/06 Glasgow, Òran Mór
08/06 Sheffield, O2 Academy
15/06 Oxford, O2 Academy
21/06 Cardiff, The Globe
22/06 Sturminster Newton, The Exchange
27/06 Horsham, The Capitol Theatre
28/06 Bath, Komedia
29/06 Eastleigh, The Concorde Club
06/07 Milton Keynes, The Stables

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.

It’s great to play in America again!

Nick Heyward at the Microsoft Theater, LA, 27 Jan 2018. Photo by Matthew Guerra.

Thanks to K-EARTH 101, Honda Center, Microsoft Theater, Richard Blade, The Boss Booking Agency, the bands and everyone who came to the Anaheim and LA shows this weekend. We’ll be announcing solo dates in LA later this year, so watch this space!

Nick’s fantastic band was: Gabriel Isaac, guitar; Claire Finley, bass; Nick Gomez, sax; Chris Lawrence, trumpet; Brad Dutz, percussion; Josh Thompson, drums

Photos: Matthew Guerra. Instagram @MatthewGuerraPhoto, Twitter @MGuerraPhoto

‘From Monday to Sunday’ is 24 years old today

From Monday To Sunday

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.

Perfect Sunday Sun videos

The videos for the second single from Woodland Echoes, Perfect Sunday Sun, are now live.

The official video concept and execution by Steve Kemsley of Sassy Films. Filmed on super 8 in and around Hampstead, London.

The lyrics video was filmed on an iPhone 6s and edited in FCPX by Nick and Gladsome Hawk.

  1. Love Is the Key by the Sea Nick Heyward Buy on iTunes 04:22
  2. Mountaintop Nick Heyward Buy on iTunes 3:27
  3. The Stars Nick Heyward Buy on iTunes 03:45
  4. Beautiful Morning Nick Heyward 04:28
  5. Who? Nick Heyward Buy on iTunes 03:10
  6. Forest of Love Nick Heyward Buy on iTunes 03:15
  7. Baby Blue Sky Nick Heyward Buy on iTunes 3:10
  8. I Can See Her Nick Heyward Buy on iTunes 03:09
  9. Perfect Sunday Sun Nick Heyward Buy on iTunes 03:17
  10. New Beginning Nick Heyward Buy on iTunes 03:30
  11. I Got a Lot Nick Heyward Buy on iTunes 03:31
  12. For Always Nick Heyward Buy on iTunes 02:56