Guy Garvey

Elbow’s Guy Garvey goes solo

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey is embarking on a UK tour in December, including two nights at The O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

The singer will be out on the road promoting his first solo album, ‘Counting The Squall’, which is out on 30 October.

“Elbow graciously gave me some time to write a solo album,” revealed Garvey of the songs recorded at Real World Studios and completed at Blueprint Studios. “I’ve wanted to try for years and I’m really proud of it. ‘Solo’ because I wrote everything but I was far from alone.

“I invited my favourite players outside of Elbow (many of them also my favourite people) and we moved fast, drank a lot and had what can only be described as a massive laugh along the way.”

Unlike the democratic situation within Elbow, ‘Counting The Squall’ allowed the BBC 6 Music presenter to do whatever he felt, and showcase ideas and influences that “don’t fit the Elbow template”. So, musically, the songs reflect everything from David Bowie’s mid-’70s albums and Tom Waits to hip-hop and Manchester’s early ‘90s baggy scene. Lyrically, Garvey touches on familiar themes of his homeland, love, and friendship.

Helping him realise his vision, Garvey recruited long-time friends like Pete Jobson (bassist of I Am Kloot) as lead guitarist, The Whip’s Nathan Sudders as bassist, Ben Christophers on keyboards, and Alex Reeves behind the drumkit. Jobson, Sudders, and Reeves will be joining Garvey and Elbow’s brass section on the upcoming solo tour.

Tickets for Guy Garvey’s shows at The O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 1 and 2 December 2015 go on sale on Friday 18 September.

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