Andy was signed to Atlantic Records and had significant airplay on MTV and Radio 1 with his old band, No Hope In New Jersey. This culminated in a main-stage performance at the V Festival. When the band split, Andy was at a loss, but one day he received a parcel from his uncle: the biography of Jimi Hendrix. The days Hendrix spent as a sideman fascinated Andy, and inspired him to learn more about his craft as a musician. This was the start of eight years’ apprenticeship playing various styles of music in bands all over the world.
In 2015, Andy returned to England for the wedding of his sister. His apprenticeship over, he decided to stay, and work on his own material.
Andy advertised online for a drummer and bassist. They started rehearsing and went into the studio to record the three songs which became the Sick EP.
The songs ‘Stay Like The Rain’ and ‘Doctor Zane’ were featured on BBC Introducing and were also played on online radio stations, including TBFM radio (soon to merge with Hard Rock Hell Radio) and others, as far afield as Germany.
After the success of the EP and with a stockpile of songs he wanted to record, Andy dove headfirst into making an album at Far Heath Studios in Northampton, with Angus Wallace at the controls (The Prodigy, The Fall, etc.) Drawing inspiration from Nirvana, The Kinks, The Fall, David Bowie, Weezer, The Who, Blur and Neil Young, they recorded two songs a month, and the project grew organically into the album Work of Fiction.
Andy comments ‘Although I was selling other styles of music online for licensing (43 tracks to date), I wanted to make a well-balanced album which was fundamentally rock and roll and referenced the music which inspired me to play in the first place as a teenager.
Variety was key, however. I wanted to draw on the styles and skills I had acquired playing around the globe to keep things interesting, injecting different colours. Some songs are heavy rock, while others are acoustic with no electric guitars.
The lyrics are equally varied, covering topics ranging from love, to mindfulness, to paranoia, to selfie culture, encompassing aspects of nostalgia too.
‘In conclusion, I like to think of Work of Fiction as fresh and eclectic, and yet possessing integrity.’
To date, songs from Work Of Fiction have been played on BBC Introducing 15 times, “Capital D” has been featured in the TV show Doctors, and “Invaders” from his previous band No Hope In New Jersey has been featured in Top Gear, Blue Peter & The Jeremy Kyle Show.
Andy is currently working on the follow up to Work In Fiction. The first song recorded was sent to the BBC and became BBC Introducing track of the week in the first week of July 2018. It was featured twice on the daytime Ben Jackson show on Radio Leicester.
“Work of Fiction” Credits
Without the help of the following people the album would not have been possible. Thank you!
Dave Dhonau played bass on the album.
David is a bassist, cellist, composer and producer based in the UK. His work has ranged from ambient electronica to folky pop; contemporary classical to improvised noise. As a composer, arranger and session player, his work has been favourably reviewed in NME, The Wire, Uncut, Muzik and The Sun. Live performances have taken him to Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House and festivals such as Tramlines and Summer Sundae. He has had recorded work featured on television programmes such as BBC3’s Ideal and Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.
He plays in Leicester-based indie dream-pop band Dayflower, and is a founding member of experimental rap collective 1,000,000,000,000 O’Clock.
Karl Thompson played drums on the album.
Karl’s mother knew he would be a drummer before he was even born as, attending his father’s shows whilst pregnant, she would feel him kicking in time to the band. His father, a drummer at the time, introduced him to his instrument as a baby, finding him a miniature Remo kit as soon as he was able to hold the sticks. He began gigging as a 6-year-old, learning the ropes with his dad (who had by then moved onto guitar) in working men’s clubs and the like.
At 12, Karl was touring with a busy show band. The year he did his final school exams the band played 280+ shows, ranging from corporate and military to theatres and holiday parks. Since then, Karl has performed with a wide variety of artists/bands, from tribute acts to big-name stars. He has also provided drums on countless recording sessions, and can sing backing or lead vocals if necessary.
Angus Wallace produced, mixed, mastered and whistled on the album.
To learn more about this amazing producer, please visit his website: http://farheath.com
Dr Sane was recorded at Wong Studios, Mixed by Tom Gleeson and mastered by Angus Wallace
Stays Like The Rain was recorded at Wong Studios, Mixed and Mastered by Stuart Turner.