Hailing from Watford and having recently signed to Acid Jazz Records The Spitfires are pleased to announce details of this newly inked partnership with news of the forthcoming album Life Worth Living on 19th June 2020.
Fronted by creative lynchpin Billy Sullivan, this startling three-piece – augmented by three other musicians when playing live - have cemented a loyal fanbase since their inception some five years ago and alongside bassist Sam Long and drummer Matt Johnson, whilst initiating album sales in excess of 20k and a tour itinerary approaching nearly three hundred gigs.
Heralding Life Worth Living comes (Just Won’t) Keep Me Down, a song coupled with an everyday narrative depicts any night in any town after a night out. A song about “walking home from the pub following last orders, an air tinged with danger, chaos and paranoia – be it the darkened streets, police sirens competing with those of the ambulance service to drunken disorder outside the takeaway” explains Sullivan, adding further “I just wanted to capture the environment, one that people can relate to wherever they live.”
Produced by Simon Dine, who was behind the desk for Paul Weller’s 22 Dreams, Wake Up The Nation and Sonik Kicks amongst a varied CV - has harnessed the undoubted vibrancy and swagger of the band’s live show helping create an ambitious album – a vehicle for the talents of Sullivan, Long and Johnson. From the infectious brass-infused opener, Start All Over Again, the Albarn-esque title track Life Worth Living to Tear This Place Right Down bathed in soul overtones, the ballad-like wonder of How Could I Lie To You? to the ska riffage of the single (Just Won’t) Keep Me Down and the magnificent finale of Make It Through Each Day, the album and its observations on everyday minutiae provide a succinct and unadulterated backdrop for these turbulent times.
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Life Worth Living is a contrasting melting pot of unadulterated joy and melancholy, laughter, tears, frustration and peacefulness. Quiet and introspective moments collide with loud and angry times and no less powerful. At its heart is a sense of hope that things can be better, the title reflects that aspiration. That’s an important message, no matter what time it is!
Life Worth Living is released on 19th June 2020 through Acid Jazz Records and available to pre-order here
Start All Over Again
It Can’t Be Done
Life Worth Living
Tear This Place Right Down!
How Could I Lie To You?
Kings & Queens
(Just Won’t) Keep Me Down
Tower Above Me
Have It Your Way
Make It Through Each Day