Walthamstow’s psych-folk-country quartet THE HANGING STARS release the second single, ‘How I Got This Way’, from their forthcoming album Songs For Somewhere Else (out 9th February 2018). The dreamy country lament features angelic harmonies from psych folk singer MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS. See them at Servant Jazz Quarters – London on Wed 22nd Nov.
Taking cues from both sides of the Atlantic, The Hanging Stars mainline the dying embers of the early’ 70s psychedelic-folk and cosmic-country scenes, transforming them into an energized new sound for our times. The album, Songs For Somewhere Else, is about escapism from the everyday, against the cynicism and greed that pervades society.
Tracing their inspiration from Dennis Wilson to Gram Parsons and On The Beach era Neil Young, they equally draw from early gospel soaked Spiritualized, jangle pop, spaghetti western soundtracks, old Bossa Nova records and prohibition-era blues.
It follows on from their critically acclaimed 2016 debut Over The Silvery Lake, which received much praise.
Recording for Songs For Somewhere Else was again conducted at the legendary Bark Studios in Walthamstow with Brian O’Shaughnessey (The Clientele, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine) at the helm and commenced prior to the release of Over The Silvery Lake. It captures the development of a band who had toured Europe in the winter of 2015/16, and went on to play coveted support slots with Teenage Fanclub, The Clientele, Wolf People and GospelbeacH, as well as Liverpool’s International Festival of Psychedelia.
Joining founding members – songwriter, singer and guitarist Richard Olson (The See See, Eighteenth Day of May), Sam Ferman on bass and Paulie Cobra on drums – were contributions from now permanent members Patrick Ralla (Alan Tyler Show, Edwyn Collins) on guitars, keys and vocals, and Joe Harvey-White (pedal steel, dobro), bringing new perspectives to the band’s work.