New single sounds great

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LANCASTER singer-songwriter Stephen Hudson is set to release his second single on city music label Barnbox Records, with a launch at the Yorkshire House on Friday.

Everything Electric was recorded above the Music Spot in Great John Street, where the 26-year-old works on Saturdays.

Described as “a bittersweet indie-pop tune, filled with smart lyrics, second-hand keyboards, and a sweeping lo-fi arrangement inspired by the low budget epics of Grandaddy and the Beta Band”, it is the lead single taken from the forthcoming album Sleep for Railway Dreamers.

The album is a collection of sad songs, written while Stephen was pushing paper in the local prison.

I had a listen on Soundcloud and enjoyed the sound, initially drawing comparisons with The Beautiful South and Mercury Rev.

It’s got a strong production quality, with guitars, keys, strings, and a strange kazoo sounding guitar riff, which breaks down into a slightly more rough hewn acoustic sound at the end.

B-side Brian Blessed (Bearded Sunshine Mix) is definitely worth a mention too.

It has a nice lazy electronic beat to it, and a summery acoustic guitar loop, with a definite whiff of Lemon Jelly.

Third track Stick One On You is barely there before it’s gone, a one-minute ditty about giving someone a kiss.

At nine-and-a-half minutes in total, this single release packs a lot in, and is a worthy follow up to Hudson’s first single Tallulah?, which sold out after airplay on Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 2 show in 2010.

With his band The Fiat Pandas, Hudson has shared the stage with Jesca Hoop, the Lovely Eggs, The Young Knives, Race Horses, the Guillemots, Hot Club de Paris and Francois & the Atlas Mountains.

The band is gearing up for more live dates this year, including an appearance at Solfest in Cumbria on August Bank Holiday, where Big Country, Adam Ant, KT Tunstall, Billy Bragg, The South (The Beautiful South minus Paul Heaton), Seth Lakeman, Eat Static and Transglobal Underground also perform.

Copies of the single will be on sale at a launch gig tomorrow night, as well as from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Support will come from Harvey Lord, Preston’s Ivan Campo, and ex-Lancaster now Manchester-based alternative indie band Beat the Radar, with a post-gig indie disco from Hooting and Howling.

Entry is £4.

Also tomorrow, from 8pm, Lancaster funk and soul band The Groove Cutters will be joining forces with DJ Andy to bring you a dance night to remember, upstairs at The Park Hotel.

Entry is £3, doors open at 8pm until 1am.

n It sounds like the Dock of the Bay Festival in Glasson Dock went off with a bang, proving popular with more than 400 people who attended over the two days, to enjoy more than 40 bands and artists outdoors and in the village hall.

Finally, Lancaster Music Festival, scheduled for October 12-14, will be accepting applications from artists until July 15. Artists from the Lancaster district can apply by emailing music@lancastermusicfestival.com. For more details, see {http:// www.lancastermusicfestival.com|www.lancastermusicfestival.com}.