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New Music: Bill Ryder-Jones

A multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer – former Coral member Bill Ryder-Jones is embarking upon the next chapter of a beautifully meandering career…

Bill Ryder-Jones is an English singer-songwriter from glorious West Kirby in Merseyside. Some of you might remember him from his time in The Coral?  A founding member of the band, Bill played lead guitar from 1996 until 2008, during which time they released five albums (two achieving UK Top-5 in the charts) plus a Mercury Music Prize nomination. After his stint with the band he left the band to pursue a solo career, and has spent his time writing his own albums and film scores, as well as producing records for other artists. Oh, and appearing as a session musician here and there!

A multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Bill Ryder-Jones is a remarkably talented musician. His creative flair stretches from performing on stage with the Manchester Camerata (for those of you unfamiliar, they’re a world-class chamber orchestra), to live guitar duties with Arctic Monkeys on their stadium tour.  He also produces several up-and-coming bands (Like the ace Trudy and the Romance)

Late last year, Bill released his third album West Kirby County Primary (Domino Records) offering an intimate glimpse into his childhood world, and a deeply honest and personal account of his experiences dealing with a little known medical condition called dissociative disorder (see standout track ‘Satellites’).

A departure from the orchestral nature of If (his first solo album, released in 2011), and also his second, A Bad Wind Blows in My Heart (featuring a more traditional collection of minimal folk songs, released in 2013), West Kirby County Primary is a more alternative folk rock album –  think of an incarnation of Pavement fronted by Badly Drawn Boy.

Check out the official video for single ‘Wild Roses’ here:

Recorded and produced almost entirely solo in the upstairs room of a family semi, the albums full sound belies the location of its craft.  Mixed with James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals) and given finishing touches at Liverpool’s Parr Street studio, the music provides a crucial, often-forceful counterbalance to the soul-searching lyrics. The entire work feels like an invitation to a private world; one where the songwriter has gone through a process of painstakingly detailing his innermost thoughts and feelings, enticing the listener into his world.

“I used the term ‘bedroom boys’ a lot when I’m talking about my music. I make music in a bedroom for people to listen in their bedrooms. I don’t think that’s anything to be ashamed about. I love the sound I get in that room; I think the place helps me create a different kind of intimacy in the music. And I always think lyrically, you’re going to be much more confident walking round naked in your bedroom than you are walking round your mate’s living room.”

So there it is!  Naked or not, West Kirby County Primary is a deeply poignant album, and there’s no doubt Bill Ryder-Jones is worthy of his place as one of the UK’s best singer songwriters.  Check him out live in the UK this summer:

Check out Bill’s upcoming shows at ticketweb.co.uk/billryderjones or to make sure you never miss a gig; download the Ticketweb App now and make Bill Ryder-Jones one of your favourite artists!

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