Howie Payne today releases a new single ‘Into Daylight’, the first blast of new music from the former Stands frontman since 2017’s critically praised solo album release, ‘Mountain’. The track arrives just ahead of a sold-out London headline from Payne coming up on February 5, 2020, at the Old Queen’s Head, with further full band shows for 2020 to be announced shortly. Stream ‘Into Daylight’ – the first track to be aired from Payne’s soon to be announced new album, due this year.
Shifting up through the gears from the blissfully understated songwriting which characterised much of both ‘Mountain’ and Payne’s Ethan Johns-produced 2009 debut, ‘Bright Light Ballads’, the clattering ‘Into Daylight’ buzzes along atop the attack & recoil of darting electric guitar lines (with all instruments on the recording played solely by Payne). Speaking about the lean, self-produced and self-mixed track – which zips by in barely two minutes – Howie says; “The first person I played it to said; ‘It sounds like if Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and early Pink Floyd were the same band’…I’m having that thank you very much. It’s the first full-on electric rock and roll tune I’ve put out since I was doing The Stands, definitely the most psychedelic, and the first guitar solo I’ve cut for a while. I’ve been listening to a lot of rock and roll and rediscovered my love of playing the electric guitar, and of volume and it sent me off in a new, heavier direction. ‘Into Daylight’ is a pure rock and roll song, it’s loud, fast and exciting to play live. I can see us absolutely jamming the shit out of it at the shows down the line.”
Listen to ‘Into Daylight’ – BELOW:
Payne came to widespread recognition in the early noughties – far beyond the buzzy, fertile local scene of his beloved Liverpool (his brother Sean is the drummer for The Zutons, sister Candie is a visual artist & musician) – via his solo-project-cum-band, The Stands. Highly regarded both by critics & musical luminaries alike including the likes of the Stone Roses, Spiritualized, Jack White, Noel Gallagher and Bill Ryder-Jones (the latter two both of which made appearances on the band’s debut album), The Stands toured variously alongside Paul Weller, The Libertines, The Coral and Oasis. The band released two enduring albums (2004’s debut ‘All Years Leaving’ and the following year’s ‘Horse Fabulous’), burning as brightly as they did briefly before Payne disbanded the outfit in late 2005.