ANDREW CUSHIN releases his debut EP ‘You Don’t Belong’ & video for closing track ‘Runaway’

ANDREW CUSHIN releases his debut EP ‘You Don’t Belong’ & video for closing track ‘Runaway’

Andrew Cushin keeps on going from strength to strength. After collaborating with Noel Gallagher on the single ‘Where’s My Family Gone’, Andrew then picked up the support of another iconic rock ‘n’ roller when Pete Doherty signed him to his Strap Originals label.

Today sees Andrew achieve a fresh landmark in his career as he releases his debut EP ‘You Don’t Belong’, along with a video for its closing track ‘Runaway’.

The ‘You Don’t Belong’ EP represents an exciting new evolution for the 22-year-old Geordie. Its recent singles ‘Catch Me If You Can’ and ‘You Don’t Belong’ have seen him adding swaggering indie rock and a blustering, bluesy tone to take his introspective singer-songwriting into an anthemic, pints-in-the-air space. But while his music bristles with new-found energy and bite, there has been no watering down of his poignant, reflective and storytelling lyricism. The EP was written by Andrew, produced by Jason Stafford, and was recorded at The Albion Rooms, The Libertines’ studio in Margate.

Andrew says, “With Runaway I wanted to challenge myself, I became influenced by the story of Noel Gallagher writing supersonic. Oasis needed a single and he wrote one in 10 minutes. I purposely left a space free on the EP and said to myself whatever song I write today, that’s what we’re using. The song was Runaway, it’s great!”

The new focus track ‘Runaway’ is the EP’s only more restrained moment. Mournful acoustic guitars and melancholy piano set the tone before subtle, mood-setting synths add a fresh majesty to the track. All heartfelt intensity and rugged soul, Andrew’s voice narrates a story that’s sadly prevalent throughout the UK today: a tale of someone disconnected from life and society at large and stuck in a repeated loop of self-destructive behaviour.

The accompanying video for ‘Runaway’ was filmed on Tynemouth Beach near Newcastle and sees Andrew channelling the song’s meaning into his impassioned performance. Between the beautiful desolation of the location and director Andy Willsher’s elegantly stark photography, it’s a visual which swells the song’s poignant feel.

Watch the video for ‘Runaway’ – BELOW:

The ‘You Don’t Belong’ EP is completed by a second new song, ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’, a rush of rock classicism and spiky punk spirit that features Andrew’s most potent guitar work to date. The EP has already boosted Andrew’s profile, with a significant rise in streaming and social stats, airplay at BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, and a session for Sky TV’s new music show ‘Spill The Sound’.

There will be no missing Andrew Cushin in the months ahead as his touring schedule continues to grow. In addition to shows with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Sherlocks, he will also play a selection of festivals ahead of his biggest headline tour to date in October. The tour culminates with two shows at Newcastle’s new NX venue (relaunched and rebranded from its previous O2 Academy name) which will see Andrew become the youngest ever Geordie to headline his hometown venue. The remaining tickets are available HERE.

Andrew Cushin talks about his debut EP, ‘You Don’t Belong’ – Listen here

29th – Hull, Asylum (with The Sherlocks)
30th – Newcastle, University (with The Sherlocks)

1st – Sunderland, Rocking In The Free World
10th – Paris, Le French Escapade Festival
14th – Southampton, Engine Rooms (with The Sherlocks)
28th – Walton-on-Trent, Bearded Theory Festival

4th – Margam, In It Together Festival
9th – Newcastle, Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)

5th – Bingley Music Live
6th – Warrington, RivFest Weekender

2nd – Lindisfarne, Lindisfarne Festival

5th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
6th – Manchester, Gorilla
7th – London, Lafayette
8th – Brighton, The Hope & Ruin
9th – Southampton, Joiners
11th – Bristol, Exchange
12th – Nottingham, Bodega
13th – Birmingham, Castle & Falcon
14th – Sheffield, Leadmill
15th – Liverpool, Arts Club
17th – Dublin, Sound House
18th – Belfast, Voodoo
20th – Glasgow, King Tuts
21st – Newcastle, NX
22nd – Newcastle, NX

‘You Don’t Belong’ EP tracklist:

‘You Don’t Belong’
‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’
‘Catch Me If You Can’

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast.Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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