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WILKO JOHNSON and Touring Band – Signing and greeting session at Pie&Vinyl

Come and meet the legendary WILKO JOHNSON at our house 3:00PM sharply on Wednesday 20th June

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Where?  – In store, at Pie&Vinyl…Yep Yep!.

When – Come and meet the legendary WILKO JOHNSON at our house 3:00PM sharply on Wednesday 20th June 

How much? – Free of course! But order the NEW album ‘BLOW YOUR MIND’ to be signed HERE  and get priority entry (Skip the queue and go first, no waiting around!)

Come and say ‘Pie’ to Wilko, as we welcome a true guitar legend into the shop. A man we admire greatly, and an amazing chance to meet the man up close.

Whilst you’re in the shop, get your hearty soul dinner as we’ll be selling a special pie tribute to WILKO, and chosen by the man himself.

Wilko will also be joined by members of his touring band for the signing, a very illustrious line up.

More on the new record below.

See you there!

Join our Facialbook event HERE

WILKO JOHNSON – BLOW YOUR MIND //Chess Records// (Released 15th June)

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WILKO JOHNSON ‘BLOW YOUR MIND’ 

HIS FIRST ALBUM OF NEW MATERIAL IN 30 YEARS

‘The album I never thought I’d get to write’ Wilko Johnson

THE FOLLOW UP TO THE TOP 3 GOLD ALBUM ‘GOING BACK HOME’

I’m supposed to be dead!’ Canvey Island’s Dr Feelgood guitar legend Wilko Johnson was diagnosed in late 2012 with terminal pancreatic cancer. However, despite the doctors’ worst predictions, he continued to perform with a new lust for life and even made the most successful album of his career ‘Going Back Home’ with the legendary Roger Daltrey.

Following that album’s remarkable success he announced that thanks to a third opinion from a doctor moonlighting as a rock photographer and life-saving surgery, he was now cancer-free. With customary humour Wilko said of this late-career resurgence “Man, there’s nothing like being told you’re dying to make you feel alive”.

‘Blow Your Mind’ is Wilko’s first album of new material in 30 years, and is the sound of a man feeling very much alive.

Joining Wilko on the album are his long-standing band; Norman Watt Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums along with producer Dave Eringa who worked with them on the gold-selling album ‘Going Back Home’ with Roger Daltrey. Describing the record as ‘The album I never thought I’d get to write’ it deals with the trials and tribulations that he faced in the last five years, songs such as Marijuana and Take It Easy deal very directly with the terminal diagnosis he was given.

Speaking about the first sets of lyrics that he’d written in three decades Wilko says “It’s tricky when you get to seventy years old, because what am I supposed to be singing? “I love you, baby, but you done me wrong?” Come on! That’s kind of a problem. But I never thought that I’d be the sort of person to write songs about different sorts of real-life experiences until I got sick”.

Anyone expecting that Wilko’s particular brand of R&B to be softened by such heartfelt lyrics is in for a surprise, if anything his guitar style of ‘the chop’ as he calls it, is even more aggressive. The introspection of some of the tracks on the album is more than balanced out by the good time upbeat party feel of the title track, Beauty and I Love The Way You Do that have the urgency of Wilko’s earliest work with Dr Feelgood.

On going back into the studio after everything that he’d been through, Wilko has this to say about the 12 tracks that make up ‘Blow Your Mind’ I didn’t really intend to ever use them and, obviously, I didn’t know if I’d ever get back into the studio. One of those songs, that’s a reflection of that time, about sitting around the house at night knowing that death’s coming; we’ve recorded it, and it’ll be on the album. It’s actually quite a cheerful one, too!

Producer Dave Eringa puts it succinctly “I never expected to be making another Wilko Johnson album after Going Back Home but what a pleasure & a privilege it was to be able to capture Wilko’s first new songs for 30 years! He is one of music’s true gentleman – literate, intelligent, & articulate but still rock’n’roll as f***!”

 

  1. Beauty
  2. Blow Your Mind
  3. Marijuana
  4. Tell Me One More Thing
  5. That’s The Way I Love You 
  6. Low Down
  7. Take It Easy
  8. I Love The Way You Do
  9. It Don’t Have To Give You The Blues
  10. Lament
  11. Say Goodbye
  12. Slamming

Pie&Vinyl and Honeymooner Presents…Amber Arcades & Support

Friday 20th July, 7pm The Loft - £8 www.seetickets.com

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Pie & Vinyl Presents and BFFs Honeymooner are super excited to announce that the wonderful Amber Arcades will be playing for us on Friday 20th July as part of her UK tour.

Signed to HEAVENLY RECORDINGS – home to King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardMark LaneganGwenno – she is due to release her second album ‘European Heartbreak’ on 28th September following this year’s singles ‘Simple Song’ and ‘Goodnight Europe’. We can’t wait to hear her showcase her new material in the intimate climes of The Loft.

Having written and recorded songs in a solo setting since her teenage years in her native Utrecht, Holland, Amber Arcades – real name Annelotte de Graaf – flew out to New York in 2015 and teamed up with producer Ben Greenberg of the Men to record her debut album ‘Fading Lines’ which she funded entirely by herself. The beautiful swooning songs she captured caught the ear of Heavenly who released the album the same year with the equally sublime ‘Cannonball’ EP following in 2017.

The ethereal shimmering nature of her music has been glowingly compared to Mazzy Star / Hope Sandoval and Broadcast and whilst these comparisons ring true they fail to also communicate the gently propulsive insistent nature of the music that gives movement to the dreamscapes created, reminiscent of peers such as ChastityBelt and Beach Fossils.

As well as being a supreme musical talent Annelotte also hold a masters degree in law and has worked as a legal aid in war crimes tribunals and as an immigration lawyer assessing refugee asylum claims in her native Holland.

‘One of the most quietly unassuming yet inherently beautiful records to grace our speakers in years. Motorik driven bliss.’ 10/10 – Drowned in Sound

‘One of the most infectious collections of pop songs written on an electric guitar this year.’ 8/10 – The Line of Best Fit

‘Ripe with subtle nuance, ‘Fading Lines’ is an exquisite debut. Seemingly simple yet running far deeper than cursory listens reveal, it’s a record that sticks with you long after the closing notes of the aptly titled ‘White Fuzz’ fade out.’ 8/10 – Clash Magazine

‘Wistful vocals drift across the album like a cool breeze on a sun-dappled afternoon.’ 7/10 – Loud & Quiet

‘Blissful, elegant records like this do not come about by chance.’ 5* – The Skinny

Support TBC.

Located above the Kings pub on Albert Road, Southsea our venue for the evening is The Loft which is strictly 18+ so please bring ID.

Tickets are £8 and can be bought in advance via www.seetickets.com or OTD subject to availability. We advise buying in advance for this one!