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STEVE CRADOCK ‘PEACE CITY WEST’ album due April 4th.

January 28, 2011 by  

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STEVE CRADOCK ‘PEACE CITY WEST’ album due April 4th.

Million selling songwriter, accomplished musician, sharp dresser and all round top bloke, Steve Cradock releases his new album “Peace City West” on April 4th. The 14 track ‘Peace City West’, features the recent single ‘Last Days of the Old World’ and is released on Steve’s own Kundalini Music label.

Steve is familiar to most as the long-serving guitarist in Paul Weller’s band and a member of Ocean Colour Scene. What’s less well known is his capacity for writing the sort of heart-melting pop songs most bands would give their eye-teeth for.

Born in Birmingham and raised on a teenage diet of The Who, The Small Faces and lashings of The Jam, Steve’s first band The Boys were a ferocious power-pop outfit. Inspired by The Stone Roses, Steve’s next band Ocean Colour Scene Steve rode high on the Brit-pop wave with second album, the 1.3 million selling ‘Moseley Shoals’ spawning four Top Twenty hits.

Recruited by Paul Weller for his band in 1993, Steve has been alternating between OCS and a role as The Modfather’s musical consiglieri ever since, Steve only got round to making his solo debut, the splendid ‘Kundalini Target’, two years ago. The follow-up, “Peace City West” was recorded over a fortnight at Deep Litter Studios – a barn on a farm at the most southern-most point in Devon. With a revolving cast of musicians including long-time OCS fan, actor James Buckley (Jay from the Inbetweeners) on guitar and vocals, it’s as richly melodic as you’d expect from someone with such an established musical pedigree.

If this bucolic ‘getting it together in the country’ feel can be heard in tender ballad ‘Little Girl’, ‘Peace City West’ is also a very personal record, notably ‘Only Look Up When You’re Down’. “That was written for my mum because she hasn’t been well” the guitarist explains, “but it can be taken in general terms as a way to look at life. I didn’t want it to be too maudlin.”

The funky ‘Steppin’ Aside’ (co written with his wife Sally, who also features on backing vocals) is a Dusty Springfield-ish groove and the stunning ‘Finally Found My Way Home’ has the feel of a classic; the sort of song which sounds like some dusty 45 you’d find in a second hand record shop and cherish forever. “I was waiting for someone to write words over the top of it. In the end Andy Crofts (Weller’s keyboard player / The Moons) rewrote the verse while we were on tour in Melbourne. Andy Crofts ended up writing 5 tracks on the album.

While ‘My Scooter Sits Idle’ boasts one of Steve’s finest couplets to date (“My scooter sits idle/Just like my Gideon’s bible”), the barnstorming ‘Last Days Of The Old World’, meanwhile, will delight long term fans. Boasting a Kinks-ish guitar riff offset by apocalyptic lyrics about “Digital showers over London.” It also features a certain P. Weller.

Full track-listing:
Last Days Of The old World / Pleasure Seekers / Finally Found My Way Back Home / Interlude A / Kite’s Rise Up Against The Wind / My Scooter Sits Idle / Only Look Up When Youre Down / Interlude B / Steppin’ Aside / Little Girl / Lay Down Your Weary Burden / Interlude C / I Man / Ring The Changes

STEVE CRADOCK – 2011 TOUR DATES
APRIL – GERMANY / UK
4th Berlin – Magnet
5th Munster – Gleis 22
7th Hamburg – Knust
9th Dresden – Beatpol
10th Koln – Werkstatt
11th Frankfurt – Das Bett
16 – GLASGOW King Tuts
17 – YORK Fibbers
18 – MANCHESTER Nigh & Day
20 – BIRMINGHAM Temple @ HMV Institute
21 – CARDIFF The Globe
22 – LONDON Islington Relentless Garage
MAY – IRELAND
4th Belfast – Limelight
5th Dundalk – Spirit Stone
6th Dublin – Acadamy 2
7th Waterford – Forum
9th Galway – Roisin Dubh
10th Mullingar – Stables
AUGUST
12th-14th Haldern Pop Festivel – Germany

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