Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band in Leeds
Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Wednesday 1st June 2022, £22.50
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Finding that luck, love and letting things roll works out for him just fine, Michael Head leads his Red Elastic Band into a fresh chapter with optimism and some of the best music of his career, announcing his new, Bill Ryder-Jones-produced album, Dear Scott will be released on Fri 27 May 2022 via Modern Sky UK. Operating as renewed friends, family and fearless communicators in sound, Head also leads close-knit band of brothers out on their first full UK Tour.
Revered by heavyweight songwriting peers and discovered by new generations of discerning listeners, all enraptured by the fruits of Heads winding, 40-year career, the Liverpool singer-songwriter enters a new age of creativity and collaboration with Dear Scott. Promising to be a shimmering jewel cast by the minds and hearts of Merseysides finest musicians, the 12-track album is dusted with both Ryder-Jones artistry and the heavyweight musicianship of The Red Elastic Band, which Head found had stepped up following almost a year apart, forcing him to dig deeper himself.
Of slipping back into writing and recording in 2021, Head continues: After being apart for a while, I went for a walk on the beach with the band and it was beautiful, literally and personally. Rehearsals followed and it clicked into place, with one thing leading to the next. Its very much the ethos were working by, keeping things simple, but keeping the momentum. Id met Bill a few times and hes a lovely guy. Once we knew he was interested in producing the album we didnt need to think about it again, it just progressed and became a completely natural thing.
Dear Scott refers to novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose debt-ridden, down-and-out years captured the imagination of Head, specifically a postcard Fitzgerald addressed to himself upon checking in at Hollywoods infamous Golden Age retreat, The Garden Of Allah Hotel. Head explains:A decade after being the king of the jazz age, Fitzgerald arrived unfashionable and sober, ready to conquer Hollywood. His agent with a sense of humour booked him into The Garden Of Allah, where writers, movie stars and even Stravinsky sometimes lived. He famously picked up a postcard on checking in and addressed it to himself.
The postcard read:Dear Scott, How are you? Have been meaning to come and see you. I have living at the Garden Of Allah. Yours Scott Fitzgerald
Head states that the formation of The Red Elastic Band in 2008 began with whoever was available at the time, primarily as a vehicle for live performance, producing one, previous album in 2017s Adiós Señor Pussycat. The band has since developed into a cohesive, mutually-supportive and permanent line-up, with Phil Murphy on drums, Tom Powell on bass, Danny Murphy on guitars and Nathaniel Cummins on guitars and backing vocals being the musicians taking on the world in 2022 alongside Head.
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