Today is Record Store Day and The Stars are out

Out today on 10″ clear vinyl is the third single from Woodland Echoes, ‘The Stars’. Here’s the official video, which was premiered by Classic Pop Magazine last week.

Video concept and direction by Nick Heyward. Editing: Sara Johnson. Expert advice: India Dupre & Leander Rappman. Featuring: Brad Yates & his EFT guide to Feeding the Right Wolf; Raymond Hinst & his pigeons at Haslam’s Book Store, Janet’s Antiques and Bach Flower Remedies. Filmed with puppets from Purely Vintage in Rye, UK on iPhone 6/6s and edited in Final Cut Pro X.

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

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