Graham Gouldman interviewed by Jim White and Natalie Sawyer on TalkSPORT radio, 6th December 2019.
10cc’s Graham Gouldman will embark on a run of UK tour dates in March and April 2020 to coincide with the release of his first solo album in eight years.
Long-established as one of the world’s greatest songwriters, Graham’s 14-date tour with his semi-acoustic band Heart Full of Songs begins in Gateshead on 19th March and ends in Cardiff on 4th April, including a date at London’s Union Chapel on 26th March.
Graham’s new solo album – the fifth of his career, and his first since 2012’s ‘Love And Work’ – is scheduled for release on 20th March on Lojinx.
With 10cc tours enjoying ever-increasing success around the world, in 2018 Graham was invited by The Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr to join his All Starr Band for tours of Europe and the USA, during which the band played three 10cc songs, elevating Graham’s profile yet further.
That relationship continues, with Ringo making a very special guest appearance on Graham’s new album, playing drums on a song called ‘Standing Next To Me’.
Graham said, “Playing with Ringo Starr and The All Starr Band was absolutely brilliant, and having Ringo play drums on one of my new album’s songs was the icing on the cake. The song is about how I came to be asked to join his band, and about my experience of being on the road with Ringo alongside Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette, who also plays drums on four of the album’s tracks.”
When Graham formed what became Heart Full of Songs it was purely for the pleasure of playing his songs in their simplest form: acoustically. The format became so popular that the acoustic four-piece undertook its first concert tour in April-May 2013.
The band now tours across Belgium, Germany, Holland and the UK and comprises Graham, Ciaran Jeremiah, Dave Cobby and either Iain Hornal, Nick Kendal or Andy Park, depending on their various commitments.
For lovers of perfectly-crafted music performed by the composer, a Heart Full of Songs concert is truly an exquisite experience, featuring 10cc classics such as I’m Not In Love, Dreadlock Holiday and The Things We Do For Love, Bus Stop – a hit for The Hollies, For Your Love (The Yardbirds) and Bridge To Your Heart (Wax), along with some new material.
Graham’s songwriting status was acknowledged in 2014 with his induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame – an arm of America’s National Academy of Music. Previous inductees include Noel Coward, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Leonard Cohen and Sting.
That was followed in 2015 by Broadcast Music Incorporated in the US anointed him an Icon of the Industry at a special ceremony in London, where he wowed the audience with an acoustic rendition of I’m Not In Love, accompanied by Lisa Stansfield on vocals.
Around that time, Graham got another unexpected lift. It happened backstage at the UK’s Cropredy Festival when Robert Plant walked up and thanked him for writing one of the songs that got him through the audition to join Led Zeppelin. The song was For Your Love.
Looking ahead to the tour, Graham said, “I always love taking my Heart Full Of Songs show on tour. Acoustic performances always create a very intimate atmosphere where every song – which is what it’s all about – can truly be heard. It also gives me a chance to explain how the songs came about and something of the writing process. We’ll see you there.”
The full Heart Full of Songs tour:
- 19 Mar Gateshead Sage 2 [tickets]
- 20 Mar Aberdeen The Tivoli Theatre [tickets]
- 21 Mar Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre [tickets]
- 22 Mar Glasgow St Luke’s [tickets]
- 24 Mar Solihull The Core Theatre [tickets]
- 25 Mar Leeds City Varieties [tickets]
- 26 Mar London Union Chapel [tickets]
- 27 Mar Brighton St George’s [tickets]
- 29 Mar Colwyn Theatr Colwyn [tickets]
- 30 Mar Liverpool Epstein Theatre [tickets]
- 1 Apr Wavendon The Stables [tickets]
- 2 Apr Manchester RNCM [tickets]
- 3 Apr Bristol St George’s [tickets]
- 4 Apr Cardiff The Gate [tickets]
Tickets available now from all venues and ticket agencies. Album pre-order details coming soon.
Self-titled Astral Drive album #2… sort of… aka “Green”. Although this is an album of new recordings it’s designed as a companion piece, an extension to the original Astral Drive record.
“After playing my songs solo and acoustically during promotion of the album, Andrew at Lojinx gave me the idea to strip down and “recycle” the summer-bleached original recordings and go back to their green grass roots, the essence of the songs, with me singing at the piano.”
“I recorded the original album with an avalanche of ideas and off-the-cuff performances that caught the vibe, in the moment. I aimed to capture the spirit of the songs as they bubbled up from a fragment of melody or a line of scribbled lyrics and formed into a full-on production.”
“The theme of this ‘Green’ album was to strip away the production from the original recordings and shine an astral light on the songs from a different angle. I re-recorded them in a more basic form, added some spicy herbs, and then served it all with some chilled vibes. Like an astral green curry.”
“There’s a few name-dropping guest performances from Keith Scott on guitar and Gary Breit on piano and vocals (Bryan Adams band), David Munday on harmonica (who had sat in on my live performances) and Kasim Sulton (Todd Rundgren’s band) on vocals. My daughter Maddy also sings harmony vocal too.”
So, here it is… Astral Drive, the ‘Green’ album, back to basics with, hopefully, a few spicy surprises.
Out now is the new 3-track single and video from Astral Drive! ‘Wishing I Could Change the World’ is taken from the self-titled album and now re-mixed for radio by the legendary Dave Bascombe. The single includes 2 new recordings; a cover of the Goffin/King classic ‘Up on the Roof’ and new song ‘Who Loves You’.
“‘Up on the Roof’ has such evocative, melancholic lyrics”, says Phil “and in my slowed down version, based on Laura Nyro’s 1970’s recording, I wanted to let the words come to the fore – the wide-eyed hope and the heart wrenching sadness“.
“The great reception for Astral Drive inspired me to write the lyrics for a dreamy song that wasn’t finished in time to make that first album. ‘Who Loves You’ is about how life can change in a heartbeat and how insecurity can haunt us just as easily as love can lift us.”
Lojinx: https://ljx.cc/wicctw (digital download + new limited edition T-shirt)
Astral Drive is songwriter/producer, Phil Thornalley’s vision of a long lost album from the 1970s. Writing, singing and playing all the instruments in the style of 70’s legends Todd Rundgren and Stevie Wonder. The eponymous debut Astral Drive album is out now!
David Myhr’s video for new single “Lovebug” is out now! The song, from the Lucky Day album, was co-written by LA favourite Linus Of Hollywood and the video is directed by Alexander Edström from footage shot during the album recording in Nashville and Stockholm.
Fans of David Myhr‘s 2018 CD album Lucky Day were delighted and confused, in equal measure, to discover the 10-track CD was actually 14 songs. The 4 undisclosed bonus tracks were not listed on the artwork, or otherwise announced, and were added to the CD as a surprise for those who supported the physical release.
David explains his selection of the 3 cover songs and 4th bonus track:
Military Madness (Graham Nash) – “I love a lot of 60’s music and one of my favourite bands is The Hollies, not least because of Graham Nash’s high harmony vocals. However, I never got to love any particular album as much as I did Graham Nash’s first solo album (Songs for Beginners, 1971). It kind of resonated with me when I discovered it in my 20s and it’s been in my top 10 albums list ever since.”
My Messed Up Friend (Brad Jones) – “The idea came up to surprise Brad – the co-producer of the album – as I’ve been an admirer of his production work for a long time. His only solo album Gilt-Flake is an album worth discovering. My Messed Up Friend is a song that means a lot to my wife and I and is a really touching song that’s musically interesting too.”
Somewhere In My Heart (Aztec Camera) – “I don’t have a big reason for picking this song other than it’s one of the few of it’s era that I fell in love with just by hearing it on the radio. I felt a real connection with the song and it’s 60’s roots wrapped in modern production. It somehow felt like a secret love, my discovery, despite being a massive international hit! Some songs can have that effect on you, a kind of special relationship.”
Spellbound – A song co-written with Jimmy Lagnefors for Swedish film Flykten till Framtiden (“My Future Love”). – “The director had specifically requested a song that ‘sounds like Electric Light Orchestra’ and Jimmy asked me to collaborate. As a huge admirer of Jeff Lynne’s songwriting and production I obviously jumped at the chance. Somehow we managed to create ‘the song that E.L.O. never made’. It was played a lot on Swedish radio, people really liked it, and I’ve come to realize that it actually kind of works really well as a song on its own merits. I’ve grown really proud of it. It kind of seemed too good to not have on the album!”
All 4 bonus tracks are now available to all on the “Deluxe Edition” release of Lucky Day, out now on all good digital platforms.
GET LUCKY DAY: http://ljx.cc/DavidMyhr-LuckyDay
On first listen, the music of They Might Be Giants can come across as lighthearted, even glib. Don’t be fooled.
Our first release of 2019 is the new single by Astral Drive, out today!
“Love Is Real” is taken from the self-titled album and re-mixed for radio by Dave Bascombe. The 3-track singles includes 2 new recordings; a cover of Todd Rundgren’s ‘A Dream Goes On Forever’ and an acoustic version of ‘Wishing I Could Change The World’.
Astral Drive is songwriter/producer, Phil Thornalley’s vision of a long lost album from the 1970s. Writing, singing and playing all the instruments in the style of 70’s stalwarts Todd Rundgren and Stevie Wonder.
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS RETURN TO EUROPE WITH BRAND NEW “EVENING WITH” SHOW
Brand New Single The Communists Have the Music Arrives 21st Sept.
35-years deep, Brooklyn’s freewheeling local heroes They Might Be Giants remain rock’s most original perpetual-motion machine; creating startling new music and performing shows packed with spontaneity and undeniable joy across the globe. Now they are bringing a brand new show, “An Evening with They Might Be Giants” featuring two big sets to Europe and beyond. The show includes all-time favourites, along with an ever-shifting rotation of fresh rarities spanning their epic career, and spur-of-the-moment improvisations that will delight even their exhausted road crew. And now for the first time beyond NYC, they’re joined on tour with show-stopping trumpet genius Curt Ramm (Nile Rogers, Bruce Springsteen).
Today the band shares a new single via Dial-A-Song titled “The Communists Have the Music” which is an instant TMBG classic with the melodic hooks the band is renowned for. Listen to it twice and the song will play on in your head for days. A full production video is in the works, with the animation team lead by David Plunkert (the award-winning illustrator of the notorious New Yorker Trump/KKK sailboat cover). The track will be available digitally everywhere 21st September, backed with “I’ve Been Seeing Things”.
This year alone the band released their 20th full-length album I Like Fun to rave reviews, played 50 US cities demolishing stages to mostly sold out rooms, was nominated for a Tony award for their song “I’m Not A Loser”, posted 20 additional songs on their Dial-A-Song service, was the featured guest on WTF with Marc Maron, and performed on CONAN (+ special web-exclusive)!
And now they are returning to Europe!
20 SEP Leeds, Brudenell Social Club – SOLD OUT
21 SEP Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club – SOLD OUT
22 SEP Cambridge, UK @ Cambridge Junction
23 SEP Bristol, UK @ SWX
25 SEP Munich, DE @ Ampere
26 SEP Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
27 SEP Amsterdam, NL Paradiso
28 SEP Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
29 SEP Hamburg, DE @ Knust – SOLD OUT
01 OCT Koln, DE @ Luxor – SOLD OUT
03 OCT London, UK @ Barbican Centre
04 OCT Manchester, UK @ Academy 2 Manchester
05 OCT Edinburgh, UK @ The Queen’s Hall
06 OCT Dublin, IE @ Button Factory – SOLD OUT
All shows are strictly for ages 14+ or beyond. For direct links to all shows go to http://www.theymightbegiants.com/shows
The Posies massive 30th anniversary tour hits Europe this month with 39 dates from August through ’till November! They will be touring with the Frosting on the Beater line-up featuring Dave Fox and Mike Musburger.
- Fri AUG 31 Vlieland, NETHERLANDS Into the Great Wide Open Festival (sold out)
- Sat SEP 01 Hoogwoud, NETHERLANDS Zomerpop Festival
- Sun SEP 02 Larmer Tree Gardens, UK End of the Road Festival
- Fri SEP 28 Palma de Mallorca, SPAIN Casa Planas
- Sat SEP 29 Barcelona, SPAIN Upload
- Sun SEP 30 Zaragoza, SPAIN La Lata de Bombillas
- Mon OCT 01 Cordoba, SPAIN Hangar Cordoba
- Tue OCT 02 Cadiz SPAIN Aulario de la Bomba
- Wed OCT 03 Granada, SPAIN Lemon Rock
- Thu OCT 04 Valencia, SPAIN 16 Toneladas
- Fri OCT 05 Madrid, SPAIN Sala Caracol
- Sat OCT 06 Pontevedra, SPAIN Teatro Principal (matinee)
- Sat OCT 06 Lugo, SPAIN Clavicembalo (evening)
- Sun OCT 07 Azpeitia, SPAIN San Augustin Kulturgunea
- Tue OCT 09 Paris, FRANCE La Maroquinerie
- Wed OCT 10 Utrecht, NETHERLANDS Tivoli
- Thu OCT 11 Groningen, NETHERLANDS Vera
- Fri OCT 12 Heerlen, NETHERLANDS Poppodium Nieuwe Nor
- Sat OCT 13 Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS Podium Victorie
- Sun OCT 14 Hengelo, NETHERLANDS Metropol
- Tue OCT 16 Düsseldorf, GERMANY Zakk
- Wed OCT 17 Kortrijk, BELGIUM Wilde Westen
- Thu OCT 18 Mechelen, BELGIUM Cultuurcentrum Mechelen
- Fri OCT 19 London, UK The Garage
- Sat OCT 20 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
- Sun OCT 21 Glasgow, UK King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
- Tue OCT 23 Manchester, UK The Deaf Institute
- Thu OCT 25 Bremen, GERMANY Tower
- Fri OCT 26 Hamburg, GERMANY Häkken
- Sat OCT 27 Berlin, GERMANY Berghain Kantine
- Mon OCT 29 Helsinki, FINLAND Savoy Theatre
- Wed OCT 31 Larvik, NORWAY Sanden Kafe at Kulturhuset Bølgen
- Thu NOV 01 Stavanger, NORWAY Folken
- Fri NOV 02 Bergen, NORWAY Madam Felle
- Sat NOV 03 Trondheim, NORWAY Teaterhuset Avant Garden
- Sun NOV 04 Oslo, NORWAY John Dee
- Tue NOV 06 Gothenburg, SWEDEN Pustervik
- Wed NOV 07 Stockholm, SWEDEN Fasching
- Thu NOV 08 Malmö, SWEDEN Inkonst
Astral Drive‘s self titled album, and new video, is out now! Astral Drive is songwriter and producer Phil Thornalley’s vision of a long lost album from the 1970s, that only existed in his own mind. A labour of love that is very much the statement of a lifelong music fan living in the modern world.
He may not be a household name but many of the records he’s made with artists as diverse as The Cure, XTC, Psychedelic Furs, The Jam, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney, and Natalie Imbruglia (he produced and co-wrote her worldwide smash “Torn”) certainly hold a special place in the hearts and ears of millions.
Astral Drive features guest contributions from Utopia’s Kasim Sulton, drummer Mickey Curry, keyboardist Gary Breit, and guitarist Keith Scott, with portrait photography by Bryan Adams.
As Phil says, “If you like trippy melodic rock with soulful harmony vocals and positive lyrics, step into the warm and welcoming sunshine of Astral Drive. Just don’t forget your space suit“.
Summer of ’76 video credits:
Director: Ollie Rillands
Producer: David Smith
Production Company: Shapeshifter Films
Lead Male Actor: Daniel Watson
Lead Female Actor: Lucy Marie Curry
Older Male Actor: John Watson