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Sheffield’s finest Richard Hawley will grace the Pavilion to perform songs from his new album Truelove’s Gutter. Hawley’s career has been a slow burn but one that has sealed his fate as one of this country’s most respected musicians. Singer/songwriter Hawley began his career as a member of Britpop group Longpigs before joining the band of his close friend Jarvis Cocker. The band in question was the hugely successful band Pulp. Hawley has collaborated with some of the finest names in music including The Artic Monkeys, Robbie Williams, Elbow and Nancy Sinatra.
It was an encounter at Hawley’s Sheffield home that led the longtime collaborator out of the shadows. Impressed by a home demo of his songs, both Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey urged Hawley to head into the studio and begin work on his first solo release.
The release of his first mini album in 2001 was warmly received and confirmed the solo path for the Sheffield musician. Hawley’s forth album Coles Corner was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Prize, a result that led to winner Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys to proclaim “Someone call 999, Richard Hawley’s been robbed!”.
Hawley's 2007 album Lady's Bridge (named with a Sheffield reference - Lady's Bridge is in the centre of Sheffield) was released in the UK on 20 August 2007. The first single from the album was Tonight the Streets are ours. In 2008, Hawley was nominated for his first solo Brit Award for Best British Male.
Hawley’s latest offering is Truelove’s Gutter and in grand Hawley tradition, the album is named after a lost corner of historic Sheffield,
Recorded in Hawley’s hometown of Sheffield at Yellow Arch studios, Truelove’s Gutter is a testament to his intoxicating song writing talents with eight new classic compositions.
Arrangements on Truelove’s Gutter occasionally feature some truly uncommon instrumentation, such as the megabass waterphone and crystal baschet. “I use a load of odd sounds on this album that are not heard on many other records,” says Richard. “The sounds in my head on a lot of the tracks - I didn’t even know what they were called!”
Eccentric instruments notwithstanding, the lush but minimal production provides a haunting backdrop to Hawley’s unique voice and allows him plenty of space for some outstandingly beautiful guitar solos. “I wanted it to be a listening experience from start to finish, where you couldn’t just pause it and go off and watch Coronation Street or whatever,” explains Hawley. “Sonically, it flows. It’s not jumping all over the place. It just has a mood that goes through the whole thing.”
Thematically his darkest work to date, Truelove’s Gutter explores the idea of people or things that are broken in some way, and the fractured and damaged times in which we live, to which Hawley’s lyrics give profound assestation.
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