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Cornish rock trio William The Conqueror heading to London’s The Lexington
Cornish rock trio William The Conqueror heading to London’s The Lexington (Islington) tomorrow Tuesday 21 May 2019.
The rock/folk trio fronted by Ruarri Joseph are taking their excellent new album ‘Bleeding On The Soundtrack’ out across the country on an extensive UK tour. The new record is part 2 of a planned trilogy, as made with production maestro Ethan Johns who’s also worked with Kings of Leon & Laura Marling.
William the Conqueror is the band put together by songwriter Ruarri Joseph, alongside his close musical conspirators Harry Harding (drums) and Naomi Holmes (bass) in the Winter of 2015. ‘Bleeding on the Soundtrack’ is the second album from the band, following the debut ‘Proud Distributor of the Peace’ (2017, Loose), in an abstract biographical trilogy inspired by Hermann Hesse’s book ‘My Belief’ which housed three separate essays on innocence, disillusionment and faith. In creating William The Conqueror, Joseph has found a vehicle to exorcise demons, and a freedom to draw on a personal history that he’d unconsciously skirted as a solo artist. The trio’s live performances have a boundless energy and rawness that has been captured on the record with the help of producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Laura Marling, The Jayhawks).
Lifted from the new album is recent single ‘Looking for the Cure’, a song about redemption. It’s raw, laid-bare song-writing but with an acerbic wit and an overall cathartic effect that turns a dark experience into something more hopeful, even joyous.
As frontman Ruarri Joseph expands:
“‘Looking for the Cure’ started out as a mournful ballad about witnessing the process of recovery from addiction: the tragedy of searching for something that doesn’t exist. Then it dawned on me that if you’re looking, at least it means you’re alive to do so, and that’s a cure in itself.”
Mirrored in the song’s contrary message of joy is the bold, driven musicality of William The Conqueror. Ex-Atlantic singer songwriter Ruarri Joseph (guitar/vocals) is joined by Naomi Holmes (bass/vocals) and Harry Harding (drums/vocals) to deliver a brand of Americana that bleeds into heavier Southern rock, with touches of blues and influences in the youthful sounds of grunge and indie-rock. Looking for the Cure was recorded at Real World Studios, Wiltshire and produced by Ethan Johns.
Pre-order William The Conquerors forthcoming album ‘Bleeding on the Soundtrack’ here » http://smarturl.it/bleedingonthesoundtr
2018 saw William The Conqueror play a string of triumphant performances at UK festivals, a showcase at Nashville’s AmericanaFest and more recently a headline gig at The Water Rats, London. This year the trio are set to play SXSW festival as well as UK shows including London’s AmericanaUKFest, and following their UK in-store trail this year will hit the road for an extensive UK headline tour in the Spring.
Bleeding on the Soundtrack is out now via Loose and available on CD, Vinyl and Digitally.
Cornish rock trio William The Conqueror heading to London’s The Lexington tomorrow Tuesday 21st of June 2019!
Music Video | William the Conqueror – Looking For The Cure (Official Video)
Music | Cornish rock trio William The Conqueror heading to London’s The Lexington