- Hi Charlie and thank you for joining us today. How are you?
I’m great thank you! Everything is starting to get really exciting so there’s a lot going on.
- Your brand new EP “Someone Else’s Dream” is coming out soon, on the 6th October. How does it feel? Tell us a little about what we should expect.
It feels strange to finally release it, a lot has gone into this so it feels like a relief to finally get these songs out. They’ve been knocking around in the live set for a while so they’re well worn and trusted.. hopefully the record can do them the justice they deserve.
- What was it like to record this EP? How was the whole process behind the scenes?
The recording of this EP was one of the most incredible experiences of my career; a real spiritual musical journey in many ways. We went and hid in the English countryside one winter, me and the band, a producer and engineer, plus a cameraman who filmed the whole thing and we cut 12 songs in 4 days. This is the first wave of releases that will come from those sessions. We sat in the same room in a circle and played the songs through, all live, so the takes all had a different colour and character to them. For most of the band it was the first time they’d heard any of the songs, so it has this real organic feel. I think we really captured that beautiful moment, the way music is supposed to be.
Some of the guys in the band had worked with true greats like Kate Bush, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck to name a few, and I just put all my faith in them. It was incredible.
- You also just released two songs from this EP, “The City” and “Boundaries”. What inspired you when you were writing them? In what way do you think they differ?
‘The City’ was one of the last songs I finished writing before going into the studio and I spent a long, long time getting it right. In fact, I had the lyrics years before I had the melody and I had tried playing it so many different ways.
At one point it had a bit of a ‘Graceland’ feel to it, and at others times it sounded like an old Leonard Cohen track, but I had neglected the melody for too long and was just relying on the lyrics to carry it so it never worked. In the end I took a lot of inspiration from Don Maclean’s ‘Vincent’, and also a track off the latest Damien Rice record called ‘The Greatest Bastard’.
The way the tempo sways in and out of time on that Don Maclean song especially grabbed me, and The City only really made sense to me when I found a melody that really complimented the lyrics. You have to find that balance, that synergy between lyric and melody, and then you know it’s right, you just know.
I played the song to Jim Cregan (co-writer and producer) and we wrote the chorus together. He has this way of lifting a song in ways I could never imagine, he adds this grace and class to songs and brings a lifetime of priceless songwriting expertise. The song would barely be half as good without his influence. He’s a real genius songwriter.
‘Boundaries’ had a much easier birth; it just came out fully formed like a gift from the song gods, which barely ever happens to me. When that happens it’s usually a good one.
- You have also received the support of Rod Stewart. How does it feel to have him as a fan?
It’s still somewhat surreal to me. He’s been incredibly kind and supportive, but he’s also not afraid of being critical, which is really helpful. When Rod Stewart gives you advice on a song you take it seriously, and I’ve definitely taken all his comments on board.
- What should we expect for the future? Any live shows planned?
I’m going to spend the rest of the year on tour pretty much. The current dates we have released are:
10th Live from Salon Noir, Upstairs at L’ESCARGOT, London
14th VIN'S NIGHT IN, The Hospital Club, London
18th THE BEDFORD, London
- Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Anything else to say before we leave?
Thanks so much for your support, really means a lot. Hope to speak to you soon!