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Album Of The Week: Badly Drawn Boy – Banana Skin Shoes

Posted on 30 May 2020 at 6:30am

Our editor’s pick of the albums reviewed on these pages during the past seven days is the return of Badly Drawn Boy with Banana Skin Shoes – revisit the review and check out the album via Spotify:

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Album Review: Badly Drawn Boy – Banana Skin Shoes

Posted on 27 May 2020 at 8:24am

If the key to writing is to stick with what you know then Damon Gough has been doubling down on the advice: on Note To Self, which begins with the sound of a typewriter blending into a shuffling beat, the man otherwise known as Badly Drawn Boy is asking questions of the mirror; ‘Do I love myself/Enough to let somebody love me?/I convinced myself/That nothing good comes for free’.

This examination hints at the process the creator of the Mercury prize winning The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast has been through in the eight-year gap since his last release, the soundtrack to Being Flynn, a Hollywood movie never released in the UK. Since then, Gough has faced some very public trials, from separation to alcohol and mental health issues, ultimately resulting in a spell in rehab almost five years ago. Now long term sober, in a new relationship and father to a three-year-old, he needed no-one to tell him that the moment for a professional reset was long overdue.

Live4ever Interview: After a turbulent decade, Badly Drawn Boy returns with new album Banana Skin Shoes

Posted on 25 May 2020 at 7:06am

Damon Gough is in demand this sunny Wednesday afternoon.

England may still be in a sort of lockdown (based on the official advice, who knows), but our trans-Pennine phone call is one of many he’s taking, a fate he was long resigned to when operating as a one man band. “My mates (the platinum selling, Mercury nominated) Doves always ask me how I do it,” he mock laments good naturedly. “There’s three of them and they share the interviews around.”

Such, we agree, is an occupational hazard of the setup, but despite flitting between podcasts and endless chats with German media (‘I reckon this record is the only one being released over there this week’), he’s a happy man as the hullabaloo means that his solo venture Badly Drawn Boy is back.

It’s been eight years since Being Flynn – a movie starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore which was soundtracked by Gough – an age in music terms, but there were compelling reasons for the absence. Indeed, the singer is disarmingly open about them, preferring to tackle the break-up with his partner of fifteen years and mother of his oldest children, depression, alcoholism and struggles with Crohn’s disease head on, being refreshingly frank and without any hint of self-pity. Alongside this, he adds, in the background was the constantly building mental pressure to get back to resurrecting an on-hold career.

The picture now is brighter, the focus sharp. A successful period in rehab during 2015 came after he met his new partner; they now have a three-year-old son, and for the first time in nearly a decade there’s an excellent Badly Drawn Boy record, Banana Skin Shoes, ready to go.

Badly Drawn Boy unveils ‘live session’ video of latest single I Just Wanna Wish You Happiness

Posted on 28 Apr 2020 at 10:56am

Tom Gilfillan has directed a ‘live session’ video of the latest Badly Drawn Boy single I Just Wanna Wish You Happiness.

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Badly Drawn Boy releases new track Is This A Dream?

Posted on 24 Jan 2020 at 7:48am

Badly Drawn Boy has released some new music ahead of his appearance at the London Roundhouse as part of the venue’s In The Round series tomorrow.

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Photos: Primal Scream play Brit Project with Black Grape, Badly Drawn Boy and Reverend & The Makers

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 at 6:38am

Primal Scream were at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester last weekend topping the inaugural Brit Project and ably supported by Black Grape, Badly Drawn Boy and Reverend & The Makers – Live4ever’s Gary Mather was there to take it all in.

The Charlatans, Badly Drawn Boy, Warpaint join 2015 Latitude Festival

Posted on 01 May 2015 at 5:45am

Warpaint and Badly Drawn Boy are among those added to this year’s Latitude Festival, headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Alt-J and Portishead.

Badly Drawn Boy to tour debut album ‘The Hour Of Bewilderbeast’

Posted on 21 Apr 2015 at 10:06am

Badly Drawn Boy will tour his Mercury Prize winning debut album ‘The Hour Of Bewilderbeast‘ this summer on its 15th birthday.

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Badly Drawn Boy joins War Child’s Passport Back To The Bars gig series

Posted on 04 Feb 2015 at 8:56am

Badly Drawn Boy has added his name to the likes of Elbow, The Vaccines and newly reconciled Ride pair Mark Gardener and Andy Bell and will take part in the War Child charity’s Passport Back To The Bars gig series later this month.

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Badly Drawn Boy has another onstage argument with audience

Posted on 23 Oct 2013 at 7:17am

It seems Badly Drawn Boy has had another run in with a member of his audience – this time during a benefit gig arranged to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the death of Elliott Smith which raised £2,000 for the mental health charity Mind.

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