In addition to a short promotional tour for the album, The Sad Song Co. has just released a stunning animated lyric video for the track, which you can watch here and now:
Preorder the album at https://tinyurl.com/tsscworth and you will receive a download of album track ‘What You Make Of It’ immediately.
Tracks from Worth will get their first live performances in January and February 2018. Nigel Powell (Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, Unbelievable Truth, Dive Dive) will be bringing this latest set of intricate, emotionally potent songs to UK venues for two weeks in February. He will also support his regular touring leader Frank Turner on one of Frank’s intimate solo shows in January.
The Sad Song Co. live show filters Nigel’s songs down to their core. With only himself, and occasional help from long-term collaborator Jason Moulster, each show reveals the depth of songwriting without the churning sands atop the root of the songs. It also allows us to enjoy the warm charm of their creator, who remains modest throughout.
Nigel says,“It’s always interesting playing live because while I love producing records, this strips things down and gets to the heart of the songs.The new songs especially have many layers and it’s educational to peel them back and find what’s driving it all underneath.
It’s also terrifying! I play hundreds of gigs every year as a drummer – confident in my abilities – but put me up front and it’s far more nerve-racking.”
When Nigel is performing, the twisting melodies and compelling flow of his music tell his tales but are still spun from and held aloft by the strongest elements of all his songs: his disarming voice and simple piano or guitar chords. Reflecting upon his compositions, Nigel draws the absolute best from them for the audience. It’s a completely different experience and an explicit listen, especially considering the personal songs from Worth which further expose their truth and honesty when shorn of studio gymnastics, and outed in a room.
See Nigel play at the following dates:
18th Tunbridge Wells – The Forum (supporting Frank Turner)
7th Manchester – The Castle (w/ El Morgan And The Divers)
10th Aldershot – The West End Centre
11th Southampton – Joiners
13th Nottingham – Bodega
14th Bristol – Exchange
15th London – Thousand Island
16th Devizes – The Lamb
17th Oxford – Museum Of Modern Art
18th Tunbridge Wells – The Forum Basement @ The Sussex Arms
Tickets are £6.50 adv / £7.50 on the door, except London which is £8.50 adv / £10.50 on the door.
Worth sees Nigel’s productivity in overdrive, coming so soon after in amber yet sounding considered and something drawn together over time. Pulling even more from his love of progressive rock, sky-scraping songs like ‘The Body Beautiful’ grasp at the edges of expectation, Nigel’s disarming voice scaling the escalating key changes.With each song, you’re often in familiar territory feeling uneasy, at risk, about to leave solid ground. And even if you soak in twists and turns like these, it ends up being the undeniable pop suss that leaves you reeling and enriched.
As the album tears along at a cracking pace, the confession of ‘Worth My Bones’ is both striking and its most revealing moment – in an album full of encouraging sentiment and personal revelation, it’s Nigel’s own struggle to reconcile self- worth and judgement stretching across his entire life that provides the pumping heart and universal resonance. Backing vocals from friends and musical colleagues Frank Turner, Billy Pettinger (AKA Billy the Kid), Max Kerman of Arkells, and Kat Jones echo the surge of effort it takes to be both your own accuser and justify the path you’re on. It has become the most personal album of his to date, with ‘Lonely Is A State of Mind’, ‘Einmal Ist Keinmal’ and ‘Islands’ all chronicling his last relationship.
Personnel on the album include Jason Moulster of Unbelievable Truth on bass for four tracks, Ryan Robinson tackling the guitar solos Nigel wrote throughout the album, Chris T-T co-writing lyrics for ‘The Body Beautiful’ and ‘Lonely Is A State of Mind’, Radiohead engineer Graeme Stewart recording again, this time for only one day at Woodworm Studios, and Grammy-award winning Chris Kasych (Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young) mixing, with the rest done by Nigel at home.
Being so often part of a larger unit, a vehicle for someone else’s songs, this release can only be immensely satisfying and one that not only proves he’s worth his bones, but that creativity will continue to flow when honed and sculpted with such devotion.