Richard Hawley in North America

Richard Hawley
Details are sketchy right now, but here are the dates I’ve seen so far for Richard Hawley’s December jaunt over to the US and Canada .  I gotta think that there will be at least a Chicago (yes, he’s playing Abbey Pub) and Portland date added and maybe even another east coast city, perhaps DC?  His new album Lady’s Bridge is out now, and even if it isn’t getting the love that Cole’s Corner did, it’s still a beauty.  If you ask me I’d say it’s just as good, but then my favorite is still Late Night Final.  No matter which album you like best, don’t miss your chance to see him live.

December 1 Bowery Ballroom, NYC
December 2 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia
December 4 T.T. the Bear’s Place, Boston
December 5 Horseshoe, Toronto
December 6 Abbey Pub, Chicago
December 7 400 Bar, Minneapolis
December 10 Crocodile Cafe, Seattle
December 12 Cafe du Nord, San Francisco
December 13 Troubadour, Los Angeles

 photo from chris in brighton.

It’s the New Richard Hawley

HawleyRichard Hawley’s Lady’s Bridge will be unveiled in the UK this week. Eager Americans will have to wait until 2 October for the physical cd. Initial reviews have quipped that Hawley is covering no new ground on his fourth full length (fifth if you count his recently re-released debut ep), but they’re wrong on a couple levels. First if you’ve got a voice and guitar chops like Hawley, why should you mess with perfection? I for one do not want to hear him making electronic, post punk or angular guitar rock. Second, this record is quite different if you really know his previous records. There are a couple tracks that have a quick, rockabilly sound, and there are a couple others with some subtle guitar washes that remind me of Cocteau Twins. Don’t worry though, he’s still got the heartbreaking balladeer thing going on as well (Take a peak at the first single for reassurance). Lady’s Bridge is a beauty of a record,  and a bit more diverse than the excellent Cole’s Corner.

It sounds like there’s a strong chance of Monsieur Hawley making it over to the US.  It was bad timing last time he was in Seattle, with my daughter being born the same day he was here….if you’re wondering I did make the right decision.

While we Americans wait for the release of Lady’s Bridge, as well as visit by the man himself, here’s a track from the new record.  When I first heard it I immediately thought of Morrissey and Certain People I know….

mp3: Serious

Richard Hawley on the Bridge

Richard Hawley, who’s 2005 album Coles Corner made many of us swoon, will be releasing his next record on 20 August.  Hawley has has finally made a name for himself outside of his work as a session man for the likes of Pulp, Robbie Williams, and the LongpigsRichard Hawley. Though, he does still play guitar on other people’s records, like on the Jarvis Cocker record where he plays guitar on nearly every track.   His new and long awaited album is called Ladies Bridge (named after yet another Sheffield locale) and will be preceded by a single on 6 August. Like 2005’s Coles Corner, the record was produced by Hawley himself along with Colin Elliot.  You can read about the process of making the record over on his forum page where Mr. Hawley is a very regular poster.

According to the article in the new Mojo, Hawley says that he’s discovered tempo, with one track he describes as “super skiffle fast”.  He’s also got one song on which he duets with Sally Doherty.  I’m surprised that they ever got out of the studio, if it’s true that he had 40 plus songs going in to record.  He must work really fast or be a great self-editor.  Previous album, Coles Corner was a remarkable record. If you didn’t know any better you would have thought that somebody pulled the album down from a dusty shelf in your grandfather’s house and put it on one of those old phonograph players.  It felt like it was from another time, being a combination of OrbisonWalker, Webb, Sinatra, Martin and Como

I haven’t seen a track list for the new album but Hawley says that the first single will either be The Streets Are Ours or Valentine.  In the meantime Setanta is reissuing his debut mini album, which came out in 2001, with lots of bonus tracks.  They’ll be tacking on the b-sides from singles that have come out on the Setanta for Late Night Final and Lowedges.  The reissue hits mega malls on 21 May over in the UK.  I did find a track list for this one:

1. Going Home
2. Bang To Rights
3. Sunflower
4. Caravan
5. Naked In Pitsmoor
6. Time Has Made A Change
7. Happy Families

Bonus Tracks:
8. Caned
9. Cheap Spanish Whine
10. Sick Pay
11. Troublesome Waters
12. Aran Loop