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When: 7.30pm on Friday 28 September 2018
Where: YES (Basement), 38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB

We’re delighted to be helping Songs For Walter launch his new album – at new venue, YES!

Not all heroes wear capes. As Songs For Walter’s eponymous debut album and its vivid tales inspired by his late grandfather attested, they’re more likely to own a favourite pullover, worn only on special occasions. On new album An Endless Summer Daze, the family’s grand tradition of storytelling continues and has clearly been passed down the generations, from the most outspoken to unassuming observer alike.

Nom de plume of songwriter Laurie Hulme, Song For Walter is about to make a hefty impression on those who have followed his sonic trajectory to date. Through an astute voyeurism of friends and strangers he’s encountered along the way, An Endless Summer Daze is a bold and self-aware release that strips back his previously hefty guitar sound in favour of majestic acoustic flourishes. Whilst the debut LP came to fruition in Manchester’s sprawling suburbs, this time around the travel bug returned without warning and he found himself hitching a train to Edinburgh. “By absolute fluke, I ended up staying in an architecturally award-winning modernist house. I set up in the owner’s study and laid down the tracks,” he recalls.

An album which holds no barres and flexes artistic license whilst exploring the complexities of life, its lyrics both challenge and entertain, telling tales as tall as they are true. “I’ve never wanted to write about love, it feels so unimaginative,” explains Songs For Walter, of his development as musician and writer. “I like writing about peculiarities in people, personal stories, the bizarre world we’re born into and strange things we do.”

Channelling subtle melodic activism through the anti-folk stylings, latest single ‘Earwigging’ dabbles in Orwellian themes, telling of the contrast between rising alienation in the western world and CCTV culture whilst ‘Aliens’ was inspired by a Louis Theroux documentary about ET hunters. Masquerading behind upbeat major 7th chords, the unfortunate reality of an historical unemployment protest in Salford can be heard on ‘The Battle Of Bexley Square’ and ‘Squaring Circles’ laments the helplessness of workers tied to the 9am-5pm grind. “As a songwriter I develop my songs one bit at a time. The whole process is like doing a jigsaw, slowly finding each piece,” he tells.

With his past singles receiving BBC 6music spins from Laverne, Lamacq, Cocker, Robinson, Maconie, and Ravenscroft – who extended an invitation to play Belfast’s In The Court Of festival – Songs For Walter has found good company in fellow capeless comrades. Further shows have included Festival Number 6 and Indie Tracks, not to mention unforgettable experiences supporting his own heroes, The Wedding Present and Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr. “Supporting Lou was incredible and surreal,” he recollects. “He showed me how to play a couple of my favourite Sebadoh songs. One day I hope to ask Bill Callahan how he has bucked the trend and kept on releasing great music.”

Recorded at Manchester’s 80 Hertz studios, An Endless Summer Daze features adapted and manipulated homemade instruments, brought into the mix with Working For A Nuclear Free City’s coveted film and television composer Phil Kay. The album’s nostalgic title-track takes its name from a deleted line, rescued from the cutting room floor (“I can’t remember waking up from an endless summer daze”), whilst talented artist friend Amy Tidmarsh was enlisted to adorn the album sleeve with her pencil line drawings. Depicting an Okapi forest giraffe, a native creature in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it’s style recalls the famous artwork of Smog’s Julius Caesar and Palace Music’s Viva Last Blues, only adding to the album – and Songs For Walter’s – otherworldly charm.

Support comes from Playacting – the solo, skewed-pop project of Manchester’s Evan Wilson.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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