Best known as guitarist with Ocean Colour Scene and Paul Weller, Steve Cradock is about to head out on a solo tour in support of his new album Travel Wild – Travel Free.
The new album features Steve’s wife Sally Cradock on vocals and co-production as well as a collaboration with Squeeze’s Chris Difford on track 10,000 Times.
There’s plenty of Cradock’s trademark take on ’60’s psychedelia in the sound but also showcases his multi-instrumentalism and knack for a catchy pop hook.
For those familiar with his work in Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene or playing with Paul Weller this album will be another step on established ground – dreamy pop vocals, rumbling drums and riffs a plenty.
The album is due for release on 30 September via Proper Records and then Steve will head out on a UK tour later in the Autumn. We took the chance to have a chat to him about songs he loves from recent artists.
Steve Cradock – top 10 songs
1 Bat for Lashes – Laura
“A great song but even better video.”
2 Beach House – Myth
“Has a great haunting dream like sound – lovely guitar and vocals”
3 Beady Eye – Off at the Next Exit
“Only on the deluxe version, it sounds like Gem and Andy have produced this themselves as a demo but it has a great lyric and a great charm.”
4 Villagers – Nothing Arrived
“I love the feel of this song and the cool lyrics.”
5 Cat’s Eyes – Cat’s Eyes
“Off their Broken Glass EP, half goth half ’60’s girl group.”
6 Soundtrack of Our Lives – Legend in his Own Mind
“This was a big tune on the Weller tour bus. Brilliant drumming and great production.”
7 Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
“Their new sound, which is like their old one with less reverb, and another great song.”
8 The Moons – Chinese Whispers
“Andy Croft and Ben Gordelier smashing a great underground song.”
9 The Boatymen – Bridges of the World
“A Birmingham band from the late ’80’s. Classical songs that no one got to hear.”
10 Jake Bugg – Seen It All
“Love the whole album but this has quite a mature lyric for a young lad. He is the bollox!”
Travel Wild – Travel Free is released on 30 September. You can catch Steve on tour:
- 26 October – The Wardrobe, Leeds
- 28 October – East Village Arts Club, Liverpool
- 29 October – Cluny, Newcastle
- 30 October – Oran Mor, Glasgow
- 1 November – Library, The Institute, Birmingham
- 2 November – Leadmill, Sheffield
- 4 November – Scala, London
- 5 November – Komedia, Brighton
- 6 November – Deaf Institute, Manchester
- 7 November – Bodega, Nottingham
- 8 November – Thekla, Bristol