Ex-Shed Seven Drummer Alan Leach Releases Debut Solo Album E! News UK

Former Shed Seven drummer Alan Leach has announced his first solo album.

The musician decided to take an indefinite hiatus from the indie rock band last year and has now revealed that his debut solo album – ‘I Wish I Knew Now What I Thought I Knew Then’ – will be released on November 4.

Alan also shared the lead single, the anthem “Clouds Behind The Moon”.

The nine-track disc was written and recorded by Leach over the past 12 months, with a sonic and lyrical style influenced by the drummer’s appreciation for the melodic songwriter of the 60s and 70s as well as the UK indie scene. of the 1990s.

The album was engineered and mixed by Mickey Dale and features a number of collaborations and guest contributions. Alan’s former bandmate Joe Johnson plays guitar on three tracks, including “Erica” ​​which the duo co-wrote together.

Alan is joined by his son Sonny Leach – who plays guitar on a number of songs – and duets with folk singer-songwriter Haley Hutchinson on the uplifting ballad “If This Comes Off”.

Discussing the album, Leach said: “Until I was out of Shed Seven, I didn’t realize how ready I was for a break and trying something different.

“I’ve had a lot of these songs buzzing around in my head for years, but band life can take up a lot of energy, so until now I’ve never had time to do anything. with them.

“As it’s my debut album, I felt like I had a completely blank canvas, so I just threw stuff at it and hoped for the best. Romantic storytelling seems to be where I’m most at it.” comfortable writing lyrics, but it didn’t. It didn’t stop me from trying to remake the world on a few songs.”

Alan added: “Singing was the big challenge. I went into the studio aiming for the lush northern tones of Jarvis Cocker, Alex Turner, Ian Brown and Richard Hawley, conceding that if the finished product didn’t sound like Frank Sidebottom, then I would have done well.”

Leach has announced two live dates on December 2 and 3 in his hometown of York where he will perform songs from the album with live band backing.

“I wish I knew now what I thought I knew then” tracklist:

1. A Dozen of Me

2. Clouds behind the moon

3. Erica

4. Go for a song

5. The One Love Generation

6. If It Happens (with Hayley Hutchinson)

7. Anthem for here and now

8. Things Like This

9. Clouds Behind The Moon (orchestral version)

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