Howie Payne today releases a new single, ‘Some Believer, Sweet Dreamer’, the latest track to emerge from his long-awaited new album ‘Mountain’, to be released on October 27th on Full Stack Records. The new album, The Stands’ frontman’s first since his 2009 Ethan Johns-produced debut ‘Bright Light Ballads’, contains the recent Radio X playlisted single ‘The Brightest Star’ plus new track ‘High Times’.
Speaking about the new single, Howie says; “I wrote ‘Some Believer, Sweet Dreamer’ walking around London. I wanted to write something that had a kind of epic ness to it, like those great 60s/70’s songs by Neil Young, Nick Drake, Pink Floyd and all that. I had this chord someone had showed me, it’s in a tune by Love, a magnificent sounding chord. So I was playing around with that and came up with this little pattern that I thought was pretty cool. Over the next couple of days when I was was out and about, I had this pattern in mind and started to make up some words for it. I wasn’t really thinking about what or who it might be about, I just liked how the words sounded together. I mean, it’s probably me singing to me, you know, but it could be about anyone who’s moved around some, who’s chasing something, and I think we all feel like that sometimes.”
Listen to ‘Some Believer, Sweet Dreamer’ below:
‘Mountain’ was recorded at London’s State of The Ark Studios during the last week of July 2017 before being mixed and mastered in Los Angeles.
“I think ‘Mountain’ is my best record so far,” says Howie.“It’s got a mellow vibe but the songs are rooted in real life which gives it some weight and a bit of edge’.
“We recorded it in just four days, and pretty much live, during one of the hottest weeks of the year, and you can hear it in the sound, like the voltage is heavier, and the air is thicker in the silence between the instruments. Most of the tracks were recorded in just a few takes – we’d never played them together before but the band were just really on it. We’d run through a song once or twice, get the sounds up and then play it until we got a version that sparked. I did ‘Bright Light Ballads’ the same way and I really dug how after you do a take you can listen to the song right then, with the singing and everything. I’ve made records where I’ve built it up from a zillion parts, and it’s cool, but I went at this one live because there’s something different about the feel you get into the songs when everyone’s playing and singing at the same time, you know.”
Listen to ‘High Times’ below:
In October Howie will embark on a headline UK tour. The set will feature songs by The Stands, songs from ‘Bright Light Ballads’, plus Howie will premiere the new songs from ‘Mountain’. The ten-date tour starts at Liverpool Buyers Club on October 12th and culminates with a show at The Borderline in London on October 28th.
HOWIE PAYNE UK TOUR OCTOBER 2017
Thurs 12th Liverpool – Buyers Club
Fri 13th Leeds – Belgrave Music Hall
Sat 14th Glasgow – Hug & Pint
Sun 15th Manchester – Night People
Mon 16th Newcastle – Think Tank
Fri 20th Birmingham – Actress & Bishop
Sat 21st Nottingham – Bodega
Sun 22nd Leicester The Cookie
Mon 23rd Oxford – The Bullingdon
Wed 25th Southampton – The Joiners
Sat 28th London – The Borderline