Steve Cradock on promenade press shot

Steve Cradock on promenade press shot

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
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