HOMETOWN – The New Single, Dec 24th
Plus Live Dates Including London Borderline – Nov 13th
Andy Burrows is one of those artists that impresses from the start. Although new and unique, his music sounds strangely familiar. Just the right blend of conventional and unconventional.
“The new album’s full of melancholic anthems, with Hometown the pick of the bunch” – Q
“Company finds Burrows reasserting his stature as a lover of cultured psychedelic pop that harks back to early 70’s Lennon, …with credibility and charm”. – NME
“Burrows’ “proper” solo debut has been worth the wait.” – The Sunday Times
Andy Burrows will release a new single, Hometown, on Play It Again Sam on December 24th. Taken from his superb solo album, Company, which was released last month and has already spawned a huge airplay hit in the shape of its first single (Because I Know That I Can was A-listed by Radio 2 for a full month, becoming the most-played song on that station), Hometown is another real highlight of the album, a classic song in the making.
Ahead of the release of Hometown, Andy Burrows has announced a series of UK and European tour dates, including shows with Muse and with Amy Macdonald, as well as his own headline show at London’s Borderline on November 13th. Upcoming dates are:
Tue 13th NOV LONDON, THE BORDERLINE
Tue 27th Paris, Le Trianon (with Amy Macdonald)
Thu 29th Amsterdam, Melkweg (with Amy Macdonald)
Sun 2nd DEC Brussels, AB (with Amy Macdonald)
Mon 3rd Brussels, AB (with Amy Macdonald)
Tue 4th Luxembourg, Rockhal (with Amy Macdonald)
Thu 6th Vienna, Gasometer (with Amy Macdonald)
Fri 7th Munich, Backstage club (headline show)
Mon 10th Frankfurt, Nachtleben (headline show)
Tue 11th Koln, Werkstatt (headline show)
Wed 12th Hamburg, Prinzebar (headlineshow)
Thu 13th Berlin, Postbanhof ([PIAS] Nites)
Mon 17th Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome (with MUSE)
Tue 18th Antwerp, Sportpaleis (with MUSE)
Wed 19th Strasbourg, Zenith (with MUSE)
A supremely talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Andy Burrows first came to attention with Razorlight, joining as drummer in 2004 and going on to co-write some of that band’s biggest hits, including the #1 single, America. Leaving Razorlight in 2009, Burrows joined We Are Scientists as a part-time member, before releasing the album Sun Comes Up Again, under the moniker I Am Arrows, in 2010. Sun Comes Up Again garnered righteous critical acclaim and massive radio airplay for its Green Grass single.
What followed for Burrows was an incredibly prolific purple patch. First he joined up with long-time friend and Editors frontman Tom Smith as Smith & Burrows for 2011’s Funny Looking Angels, an album of wintery vignettes and Christmas melancholy. Then, he agreed to decamp to New York to become a full-time Scientist. And midst all this, Burrows has been hard at work on his own material, using a morestraight-ahead approach than on his debut, all of it injected with Burrows‘ way with an earworming hook.
The result is an album that’s Burrows’ truest yet, Burrows embracing a straight-ahead approach, building an album steeped in rock classicism and raw, melancholic melodies. The result is effortlessly intoxicating. The plaintive, euphoric swirl of Hometown sits at the centre of the record. A stark beginning that gives way to an orchestral whoosh before coming to a sudden end just as you think it might explode into a classic prog opus, its less-is-more approach sums up the whole record. Co-produced by Burrows with Tim Baxter, Company is the sound of an artist who’s thrown the shackles off and emerged as an bewilderingly creative tour-de-force.