Hi Stephen, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi. Very lucky that ive managed to miss COVID as have my loved ones and very busy using lockdown to finish another album.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Another Place”?
My mother was terminally ill and my brothers and sisters and I were caring for her at home. Her house is a hundred meters from an art installation by Antony Gormley “another place”. It consists of a hundred life size replicas of the artist in cast iron spread out over a mile of Crosby beach. When the sun is falling into the sea or in the early morning it is very beautiful. If caring for my mum became too traumatic I would go there, listen to the skylarks and watch the iron men in the sea and on the beach. It was there I thought that there would be another place I would see my mum.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The death of my mum and the death of anyone. A loved ones passing brings grief because they have gone, fear because you consider your own mortality but also hope and passion that we should live our lives to make others and ourselves happy. My family were very lucky we could care for mum at home, COVID has shown us that not everyone will get that chance.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
The link for the video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYVhGITzCUg
Neil McCartney, a musician from Merry Hell, filmed it. We didn’t have to do much as the light on the Sefton Coast is fantastic.
The single comes off your new album Harrowby Road – what’s the story behind the title?
Harrowby Road was where we lived as children for many years. We were pretty disadvantaged as my mum was single but she always made room for our friends who ended up sharing all our food and often slept over. It was a safe place to stay for the people who we knew who had less than us. There could be 20 people in the house at any one time. Harrowby road was also very close to the Sefton coast so was a doorway to adventures as a child.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote the songs during my mum’s illness. I recorded them using different music programs and then roughly sang them. I then sent them to my engineer and friend John Kettle, he is the lead guy with Merry Hell, a superb folk rock band. Finally when I was happy we brought in the main singer David Billows, the original singer I used. We only actually all got together for 2 to 3 days. The wonders of new technology.
What role does Liverpool play in your music?
Although I can’t always see it, many people say I write songs that are instantly identifiable as from a Liverpool band. My love for Liverpool and its music comes through. When I was young I watched and sometimes gigged with the greats, WAH, Icicle Works, Echo and the Bunnymen. In Liverpool you can’t get away from the Beatles which is a great thing. I love the buildings, the music, the humor and the compassion of liverpudlians. It’s also a brilliant night out.
What aspect of your own personal life did you get to explore on this record?
My own mortality and what I feel I have achieved or not achieved. I realised that there is no point in procrastinating. We may only have one chance and we need to use it as much as we can. I have had many great moments in my life but creating this album has highlighted how much I haven’t explored and should.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The great poets, Betjamin, Keats, Auden. Modern day poets such as John Cooper Clark and Benjamin Zephaniah and Liverpool authors such as Alan Bleasedale. I’m also inspired by nature, mostly the sea and the wildlife around the sea.
What else is happening next in Bluenose B’s world?
Im just about to finish a new album with Virgina Kettle. It is a tribute to people from left behind communities talking about their lives, trials and triumphs. It should be out by June, COVID permitting and then hopefully gigging.
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