New album preview

A tiny taster.
“More sun vicar” said the pop picker.
May the workforce be with you!
– Nick Heyward

A selection of songs from Nick Heyward’s first album in 738 years.

80’s Invasion tour 2016

NIck Heyward & Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot appearing on the Lorraine show to promote the 80s Invasion Tour in March 2016.

80s-Invasion-datesCatch Nick next March when he’ll be touring the UK with Midge Ure, Big Country & Curiosity Killed The Cat.

02/03/16 – Southsea, Kings Theatre
03/03/16 – Bradford, St George’s Hall
04/03/16 – Northampton, Royal & Derngate
05/03/16 – London, Indigo at the O2
06/03/16 – Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
09/03/16 – Watford, Colosseum
10/03/16 – Poole, Lighthouse
11/03/16 – Leicester, De Montford Hall
12/03/16 – Basingstoke, The Anvil
13/03/16 – Chatham, The Central Theatre
14/03/16 – Manchester, Opera House
16/03/16 – Port Talbot, Princess Royal Theatre
18/03/16 – Birmingham, Town Hall
19/03/16 – Newcastle upon Tyne, City Hall
20/03/16 – Edinburgh, Playhouse

A year in music

Here’s a list of songs that generally summed up 2014 (in chronological order). There’s more, but that’s mostly classical and for another day.

Ambrose & His Orchestra – A Little Kiss Each Morning
Home studio days, tea, nature, sunny mornings, trips to Oxfam and Oxford.

St. Vincent – Digital Witness
I wondered why nobody knew about this, but everybody did, so if you didn’t know, you do now. It’s lovely and odd. Took us to the Roundhouse for the day: Marine Ices, Ray Man musical instrument shop, Masala Zone, Regent’s Park Road and 100 Chalk Farm Road (where the wonderful Pelican West was recorded). Fantastic day.

Chet Baker – There Will Never Be Another You
Until this year, I actually thought Chet Baker was a black trumpet player.

Ryan Adams – Gimme Something Good
What a song.

Music Go Music – Nite After Nite
“Show me your energy” Such a funny lyric. Love it. This is a classic yet to happen. It only has 7000 plays on YouTube – outrageous. Is this not a supersonic chorus from a big hit record?

Stephen Steinbrink – Now You See Everything
Perfect summer record and nice chap by the look of it.

Jenny Lewis – She’s Not Me
Felt like I was hearing a record introduced by Casey Kasem. Roller-rink lovely!

Ben Watt – Forget
Had the tickets for Ben’s London gig for months, but still hadn’t heard the new album. Went to see him at Village Underground in November and heard the whole thing. Bought the album the next day. Brilliant.

Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven
Super sublime recording. Getting close to Christmas…

The Pioneers – Let Your Yeah Be Yeah
First heard this in Brixton Market when it came out. This year I couldn’t stop playing it. The bass line’s everything I aspire to when I play. The recording’s magnificent.

11. AC/DC – Back In Black
I was at the gym this Christmas and the only way to drown out the awful music was to download AC/DC’s new album. Glad I did. ‘Play Ball’ is brilliant. For the same reasons I love early Quo, it’s simple clothing, simple delivery and as basic as blokes. And really, when it comes down to it I’m a guitarist first and foremost – blown away by Angus Young, Pete Townsend, Tony Peluso, Wilko Johnson, David Byrne, Brian May, Ronnie Montrose, Rory Gallagher, Frank Zappa, Mick Ronson, Jeff (Skunk) Baxter, Jeff Beck, Andy Partridge, Joe Strummer, Chris Spedding, James Stevenson, Nile Rodgers, Paul Weller, Ernie Isley, Billy Jenkins, Johnny Thunders, Clive Langer, Ian Broudie, Glenn Tilbrook, Rick Parfitt, Dave Hill, Francis Rossi, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, James Honeyman-Scott, Marc Bolan, Brian May and Peter Frampton. I think I might write a list. ha! It all began with my brother, Pete…

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