THE TOM HINGLEY BAND
ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM:
‘I LOVE MY JOB’
(CATALOGUE NO. HINGLEY 31)
RELEASED 7 SEPTEMBER 2018 VIA NEWMEMORABILIA
LISTEN TO FEATURED TRACK – “BEGGAR’S HAND” HERE
Never one to shy away from a statement, the irrepressible – TOM HINGLEY – returns in 2018 with a brand new TOM HINGLEY BAND record:
‘I LOVE MY JOB’
Perhaps not words we all find ourselves uttering on a daily basis, but then the esteemed singer is far from your average joe stuck in the day-to-day grind of an average job…
‘I Love My Job’ is the first album release in 5 years from the former Inspiral Carpets and Lovers lynch-pin and his current outfit: The Tom Hingley Band.
Arriving as the follow-up to his remarkable double album ‘Sand’ & ’Paper’ (released in 2013, with Pledge Music), the THB’s latest effort is an equally ambitious outing of vision and voice. On ‘I Love My Job’, Hingley and co. seek to offer a snapshot of the political revolution, anger, and aggression that have formed the backdrop for him, and us all, over the last three years.
Using the freedom of expression and amplification to communicate with the masses that is gifted to those in the job that Hingley finds himself in (though is so often shied away from by many of his musical contemporaries), ‘I Love My Job’ sees the singer using his platform to both shout to the heavens and put the world to rights. Someone has to right?
Getting it all of his chest, the record is very much a rejection and reaction to the here and now, with Hingley providing a loquacious outpouring of his own pure emotion, as well as socio-political commentary of wider contemporary issues that grip the current world, all wrapped up in 11 tracks of unbridled rock’n’roll….
“Nasty People” is a short sharp snap at the cowardly trolling culture that has developed and dominates the online realm, whereas the recoil of ‘Bullet’ is a revenge song that sees Hingley take direct aim at the convicted paedophile and Lost Prophets frontman Ian Watkins along with those who would use their power for acts of such despicable evil. “Beggar’s Hand” decries the shameful homelessness that plagues the streets of Manchester under the current government, whereas “White Sheep” is a song for those who feel oppressed by the corporate world of ‘too big to fail banks’ and utility companies in which extortion and profit at the expense of innocent consumers are business of the day.
But on a more personal level, there’s an outpouring of emotions in tribute to the sounds and loved ones who have inspired Hingley throughout his life. “Introduction” glistens with the chimes with bells to honour the many lost souls that have departed over the past few years, not least his own mother and sister-in-law who he also pays homage to on “Black Light”:
“[Black Light] is a harbinger of death” says Hingley, “a song of anger , humility and frustration and a reminder that the death of those around you will change you for ever”.
Elsewhere, “Toy” tips its hat to both Howlin Wolf’s “Spoonful” and The Sex Pistols’ “Problems”, whereas “Beautiful Girl” is a love song devoted to Hingley’s own daughter Mabel which sees Hingley wield the eternal feel-good qualities once harnessed by The Hollies along with a chorus redolent of the Small Faces’ Stevie Marriott for this beautiful and touching ode.
And there’s time to reflect on his own career too. Hingley’s answer to George Harrison’s seminal “When We Was Fab”, “Glory Days” sees Hingley reflecting on the acid-washed heyday of the Inspiral Carpets and the Madchester scene; “but they’re over now” he dismisses as he turns the page on that chapter of the diary to the present day.
The record closes out with the oxymoronic opalescence of “Shining for Somebody else”. One last euphoric release, the song rips through with a devastating and perhaps often downplayed message about suicide and its temptations.
“It’s a song which conjures the elation that the suicide victim feels shortly before ending it all, when all the fear and anxiety has departed them. Bullsh*t elation. The idea was that this beautiful song would end the long player where we have learnt to love our job – the job in question now is of just staying alive.”
As ambitious musically as it is in lyrical concept, ‘I Love My Job’ finds the Tom Hingley Band drawing inspiration from a diverse melange of disparate sounds, from the thrash of metal-inspired guitars to the melancholic and melodic strings of Pete Whitfield (famed for his work with Tony Visconti). With a sonic tenacity to rival the bite of the lyrics, “Toy” and “Beggars Hand” serve-up visceral three-minute punk outbursts, whereas “Prodigal Son” is a Glam Rock stomper that truly puts the boot-in on a track doused in death and regret.
After the collapse of the two bands Hingley had been inextricably linked with throughout the previous two decades, Hingley has always found himself feeling adrift without a band. Thus, for the making of ‘I Love My Job’, Hingley reached out to his loyal and esteemed colleagues – The Kar-Pets and The Tom Hingley Band rhythm section: S te Pearce (Bass) and Malcolm Law (drums); surely the best men in the business to see his latest project over the line. Recorded and mixed together, the album was produced by Gary Hadfield at BluePrint Studios (who also masterminded production of the THB debut).
Speaking about the title and ethos of this new album, Hingley adds:
“I love my job, and that’s what motivated the writing recording and realisation of this album. I hope you love listening to it as much as I do making music, and making music the sound track to my life.”
THE TOM HINGLEY BAND RELEASE NEW ALBUM:
- ‘I LOVE MY JOB’ -
(CATALOGUE NO. HINGLEY 31)
VIA NEWMEMORABILIA RECORDS - ON 7TH SEPTEMBER 2018
“I LOVE MY JOB” – ALBUM TRACK LISTING
Shining For Somebody Else
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