Michael Head has announced details of the release of his first album of new material in over 11 years. Recorded under the name of Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band, Adiós Señor Pussycat is released on Violette Records on Friday 20th October 2017.
Beautiful and evocative and recorded in his hometown of Liverpool between March 2016 and June 2017, the album is the culmination of four years of hard work. Equal to his finest moments, Adiós Señor Pussycat will undoubtedly only further cement his reputation as one of this generation’s greatest songwriters. Michael has had lavish comments from his fans:
Mick Head is a genius – Noel Gallagher
I love them, love everything they’ve ever done – Pete Townshend
Mick Head is one of the most important artists to come from Liverpool. He is a genius in my humble opinion – David Morrissey
‘The Magical World of The Strands’ is one of the most accomplished albums of British songwriting of all time. Why every household doesn’t have a copy, I don’t know. Seriously, I think it’s a masterpiece – Richard Hawley
Since a self-imposed hiatus in 2008, Michael Head has been working with a fluid concept of an ever-rotating band format to provide a flexible platform for the range of his new live and recorded works.
‘Under the guise of Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band in 2013, they released their sought-after debut EP, Artorius Revisited, and followed this with a double A sided 7”, Velvets In The Dark / Koala Bears in 2015.
A soulful and poetic genius, fate, bad luck and circumstance and often conspired to deny him his rightful dues. Loved and lauded by fellow artists and critics alike, he started out in the early 1980s with The Pale Fountains, with whom he recorded a brace of acclaimed albums, Pacific Street (1984) and …From Across The Kitchen Table (1985). He subsequently formed Shack with his brother John and went on to record five albums over almost twenty years including the much loved and acclaimed Waterpistol and HMS Fable in 1999 which saw the band briefly flirt with chart success and hailed from the cover of the NME as “our greatest songwriter.
He also released, what is often regarded as his classic album, The Magical World Of The Strands under the name of Michael Head & The Strands in 1997, and with Shack currently on hiatus he has been performing under the Red Elastic Band guise for the past few years.
Finally, now playing sold out occasional shows across the UK over the past few years, including most recently at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge in July, Michael Head has announced a trio of forthcoming shows, including a performance at London’s historic Union Chapel.
The dates are as follows:
8th London, Union Chapel
5th Glasgow, Oran Mor
25th Bristol, St. Georges
16th Liverpool, Invisible Wind Factory
Tickets for the shows are available via www.michaelhead.net/boxoffice
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