From 90s power pop hit maker Marvelous 3 to producer and songwriter for mega stars like Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift, and Weezer, Butch Walker has worn many hats in his two-plus decades in the music Industry. But in his own music, you’ll find that he has a lot more in common with the artists that he grew up listening to. In this instalment of Song Stories, Walker talks about his process, how a producer’s role has changed, and how he drew inspiration from mid-80s era Petty, Mellencamp, and the Boss when making his new record, Stay Gold.
On the 11th of November Flykten till Framtiden (English: “My Future Love“) hits cinemas in Sweden. The feature-length film is directed by Ulf Malmros and Jaana Fomin and stars Henrik Dorsin, Elias Palin, Victoria Dyrstad and Johan Ulveson.
The time-travel themed narrative is partially set in 1973 and for this composer Jimmy Lagnefors was hired to create a soundtrack authentic to the period. When the directors specifically requested a song that “sounds like Electric Light Orchestra” Lagnefors brought in songwriter/artist David Myhr to collaborate.
Myhr, with his background in the 90’s power pop combo The Merrymakers and, in particular, his 2012 album Soundshine, has demonstrated a knack for creating fresh, modern, pop music with roots firmly in the classic tradition of McCartney & Lynne. It was no surprise that Myhr jumped at the chance!
Lagnefors and Myhr were also behind the song Vänta inte på mig (“Don’t wait for me”) in last year’s Swedish box office smash “Micke & Veronica”. With the new song “Spellbound” the songwriting duo have created “the song that E.L.O. never made”. It features heavily in the film and plays when the credits roll.
David Myhr’s single “Spellbound” is out now!
As if he wasn’t busy enough touring with The Posies, Ken Stringfellow is playing live in Helsinki tomorrow at G Livelab. See here for details.
The Posies drummer Frankie Siragusa talks with Crazewire about some of his favorite tunes. Read it in full here >> (in German).
Butch Walker is the focus of the upcoming finale episode of the Ernie Ball series “The Pursuit of Tone“. Butch joins the wide variety of iconic musicians that have been featured in the series, including Buddy Guy, Billy Duffy, Mike Ness, Hunter Hayes and Tom DeLonge.
Female First have premiered the 3rd acoustic video from the deluxe edition of Fred Abbott‘s Serious Poke album. One Hot Night is one of three acoustic tracks recorded live in the studio, and captured on video, for the bonus tracks release. Fred commented:
Here’s the last of the live acoustic videos cut down in my basement studio. This time it’s everyone’s favourite Parisian party track “One Hot night”, in a more reflective stripped down setting. This is always great fun to play live. I’m looking forward to hitting the road for some shows with the full band in November supporting The Zombies. Hope to see some of you there!
Fred and his band will be supporting the legendary Zombies for a run of shows in early November:
- 01 NOV 2016 Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
- 02 NOV 2016 Aberdare, Coliseum Theatre
- 03 NOV 2016 Newbury, Arlington Arts Centre
- 09 NOV 2016 Bath, Komedia
The new Deluxe Edition of Fred’s debut solo album Serious Poke, with 6 bonus tracks, is out now!
Read more at The Vinyl District: Everything is different: The Posies are touring on their own terms.
More coverage of David Myhr’s activities in Sweden! read more >>