Wednesday, 4 April 2012
HAC 016 Kevin Hewick All Was Numbered Album Released Mon 9th April...
HAC 016 Kevin Hewick “All Was Numbered” Album
Released Monday 9th April on Hacienda Records at www.fac51theHaçienda.com
Released Monday 23rd April across iTunes, Beatport, Spotify and all other major download streaming sites.
1) Now Is Then
2) FAC 501
4) Memory Stone
5) Out Of Order
7) French Jazz Station
8) Then Is Now
Hacienda Records’ April release sees a passionate and personal album released by Leicester troubadour, Kevin Hewick, a singer songwriter who first released with Factory Records back in 1980 and 1982, first completing a side of “The Factory Quartet” double album and then releasing a 7” single “Orphelia’s Drinking Song” before going on to release with numerous other labels.
“All Was Numbered” is Kevin’s own testament, “a singing book” as he puts it to the history and legacy of Factory and characters such as Tony Wilson and Larry Cassidy who Kev remembers fondly and with grace. Almost a concept album, split between track for “Then” and tracks for “Now”, Kevin jokes that he”copped out of a literary effort and has hidden behind a guitar as usual.”
With an arresting alternative acoustic style which ranges from the lighter tones to more rocky styles across the album’s eight tracks, “All Was Numbered” came together following Kevin’s South Bank Meltdown appearance with Paul Morley in 2011 and supports slots with Peter Hook And The Light, as Hooky offered to release Kevin’s work on the digital imprint Hacienda Records.
Opener “Now Is Then’s” rhythmic melodic blues is offset by an upbeat and anthemic chorus which evolves with multiple singers at the close whilst “FAC 501”, Kevin’s anecdotal hymn to Factory and Tony Wilson, a song first written for Kevin’s South Bank Centre appearance. The darkly, rocky tones of “Overshadowplaying” proves the most Factory-esque of the tracks on the album, as Kev compares his own Leicester background to the cultural allure of Manchester in the Eighties and beyond.
Winding up the “Then” section of the album with “Memory Stone”, a light but affecting number that builds to a strong crescendo, the “Now” section turns to more current themes as “Out Of Order” proves an anthemic appraisal of the Factory legacy, while the final two tracks, the personally touched “Larry” and the epic, near eleven minute bluesy-beatnik vibes of “French Jazz Station” round off a very complete collection with the short clip of “Then Is Now” bookending and closing off the LP.
Upcoming live dates for Kevin to showcase the album include two dates at the 12 Bar in Central London over Easter and as has become customary, he is supporting Peter Hook And The Light at their two charity supporting concerts at The Factory, Manchester on May 18th and 19th where The Light are performing “Still” for the first time.
“All Was Numbered” was recorded at Deadline Studios Leicester between December 12th 2011 and January 27th 2012 with Kevin joined by a whole host of musicians and vocalists. Full performance credits will be released with the album.
Kevin Hewick Live Dates Spring 2012
April 6th 12 Bar Club London
April 8th 12 Bar Club London
April 13th The Criterion Leicester
April 14th Arts Centre Kettering
May 13th The Red Tent Leicester Amnesty Benefit
May 18th The Factory supporting Peter Hook and The Light performing “Still”
May 19th The Factory supporting Peter Hook and The Light performing “Still”
May 31st The Musician Leicester supporting Terry Reid
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Posted by Bangs at 4/04/2012 08:22:00 am