Andrew Cushin has been championed by two indie songwriting icons in the shape of Noel Gallagher and Pete Doherty, who recently signed the young musician to his Strap Originals label. His first single under the deal, ‘You Don’t Belong’, introduced an evolution in his sound, leading to airplay from BBC Music Introducing and Amazing Radio as well as a session for Sky TV’s new music show ‘Spill The Sound’. Now Andrew shares his new single ‘Catch Me If You Can’ as he moves towards the release of his debut EP ‘You Don’t Belong’ on April 22nd.
‘Catch Me If You Can’ moves with a swaggering strut as ragged riffs, thunderous rhythms and foreboding backing vocal harmonies underline its menacing mood. It also shows the maturation and range of Andrew’s voice, which now bites with a resolute rock ‘n’ roll attitude after he previously displayed vulnerability on early tracks such as ‘Waiting For The Rain’.
Andrew says, “‘Catch Me If You Can’ is a song I’ve had finished for a while but it was only when we began to work on it in the studio and add those backing vocals that it started to shine. The lyrics are written more as a metaphor. I believe the song is about running away from something. The lines ‘here comes the girl with bad intentions’ and ‘she’ll come for me and then she’ll come for you’ could be about anxiety, depression or addiction. That’s what I like about ‘Catch Me If You Can’, the lyrics can be perceived in many different ways.”
‘Catch Me If You Can’ was written by Andrew, produced by Jason Stafford, and was recorded at The Albion Rooms, The Libertines’ studio in Margate.
The single is accompanied by an official video, which puts Andrew’s naturalistic performance at the forefront. Those scenes are cut with footage of Andrew and his friends around their local area, although the personification of the metaphorical “girl with bad intentions” is ominously never far away. The video was filmed and directed by Andy Willsher, who won the NME Award for the Outstanding Contribution to Music Photography. Watch BELOW:
Both of Andrew’s recent singles feature on his debut EP ‘You Don’t Belong’. Initially a singer-songwriter with a flair for raw introspection, the new EP shows that he’s stronger within the sound of a full live band. The strength of his songwriting shows why he’s so highly regarded, while its indie rock raucousness also incorporates a brawny, bluesy undercurrent. The EP is available to pre-save HERE.
Andrew’s hometown of Newcastle is effectively a character in many of his songs, his observations of the society around him touching upon social issues but also with steadfast respect for his community. He’s gradually becoming a hometown hero. A favourite on local radio and media, he has sold-out The Boiler Shop and The Cluny, and became the youngest Geordie to headline the city’s O2 Academy, while his music is played at most Newcastle United home games. But this isn’t an artist limited to a city. Like Sam Fender before him, Andrew’s songs possess a broad appeal and relevance that can speak to people throughout the land.
Establishing a reputation as a powerful live performer, Andrew has also supported bands including The Lathums, Two Door Cinema Club, The Libertines and most recently The Sheepdogs. Now he announces his biggest UK and Ireland headline tour to date, during which he will be one of the first artists to headline Newcastle’s new NX venue. Tickets for the tour will be available on pre-sale from 30th March at 10 am and on general sale on 1st April at 10 am from HERE. First comes a tour as guest to The Sherlocks, then a slot at Noel Gallagher’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus as well as a variety of summer festival shows.
16th - Bristol, Thekla (with The Sherlocks)
21st - Glasgow, St. Luke’s (with The Sherlocks)
29th - Hull, Asylum (with The Sherlocks)
30th - Newcastle, University (with The Sherlocks)
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)
6th - Bingley Music Live
2nd - Lindisfarne Festival
OCTOBER - HEADLINE TOUR
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
‘You Don’t Belong’ EP tracklist:
‘You Don’t Belong’
‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’
‘Catch Me If You Can’
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