Epic pop pioneers My Life Story, headed up by colourful and charismatic frontman, Jake Shillingford release a new track ‘Broken’ taken from their critically acclaimed new album ‘World Citizen’ on 22nd November. This follows their first single ‘Taking On The World’ that premiered on 6Music’s Steve Lamacq show. ‘Broken’ is a personal message, looking inwards and hiding your pain so well it’s simply not visible to others. However the tune is far from sombre as Jake explains: “Along with the rest of the planet I suffer from self doubt, inner conflict, imposter syndrome at various points in my life. We all cover up our suffering with the cheerful ‘fake’ exterior we present to the world. The simplest way I found to demonstrate this was to wrap music around the lyrics that was joyful and celebratory. In a strange way this gives a positive affirmation and acceptance to how I feel. And a fuck you to those inner demons.”
My Life Story has had a varied and illustrious past: playing the main stage at Glastonbury and collaborating with acts such as Marc Almond, Morrissey, The Pogues and The Wonderstuff, amongst many other incredible achievements. Never ones to completely stand still, in 2016 the band released a brand new single 24 Hour Deflowerer and gained a whole host of new fans and devotees on the back of this and a two-year run of 90s nostalgia festival dates throughout the UK. The band are a hugely popular and tight live act thanks to high-energy singalong favourites including 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, Strumpet, Sparkle and The King of Kissingdom. This boost in profile spawned demand for a brand new album.
It was while working on the new album that Jake was contacted by an eagle-eyed fan who pointed out that he may be responsible for the very first commercially released recording featuring none other than an 11-year-old Adele! Sure enough Jake checked the album liner notes to the track Katrin, recorded with his post My Life Story band ExileInside, released in 2002, and a young Adele Adkins is credited. Jake said; “I remember her well, but didn’t connect the dots, she was just a promising singer from a school in Balham. The studio was smack bang in the middle of Soho’s red light district, so I spent most of the time trying to shield her eyes”.https://twitter.com/i/status/1170072086955667457