Will Sheff “Tommy McHugh” – dangerous issues lead, perversely, to good – Americana UK

Will Sheff of Okkervil River has a solo tour – Americana UK
Photograph: Bret Curry

Will Sheff – of Okkervil River – launched his debut solo album final yr which, to be trustworthy and slightly unsurprisingly, sounded fairly like Okkervil River.  He’s following that up now with a double A-sided single, of which ‘Tommy McHugh‘ is one A-side.

Will Sheff explains the track and the brand new launch: “To rejoice my upcoming tour of Europe and the UK, I’m proud to announce a brand new double-sided single that includes two songs that have been recorded for Nothing Particular however which each felt like little worlds unto themselves, so I set them apart to shine collectively.   For the primary of those songs, ‘Tommy McHugh,’ I used to be past honoured to sing with the good Bridget St. John, whose music I’ve treasured for a very long time.  

Written with Christian Lee Hutson, ‘Tommy McHugh’ is a track based mostly on an actual one that grew up in in Liverpool. As a younger man, he was concerned in theft and violent crime and did a while in jail. After which, at age 51, he suffered a large haemorrhage on either side of his mind. After every week in a coma, McHugh woke as much as uncover that he had a compulsive urge to color and to talk in rhyme. He additionally discovered that his persona had modified. In his personal phrases:  “I wasn’t the individual they have been telling me who I used to be. I wasn’t the Tommy McHugh they knew… My head was stuffed with rhymes and pictures and photos… I’ll paint three or six 9 photos at a time. Canvasses turned too pricey, so I began portray the ceilings and the wallpaper and the ground. I can’t cease portray and sculpting. It’s like Mount Etna exploding… I like what I’m being, what I’m. I’m completely happy being the Tommy I’m now, not the Tommy folks keep in mind. No matter occurred inside my mind I discover it completely unbelievable.”  McHugh went on to open a gallery in Birkenhead for novice artists affected by sickness. Shortly earlier than his 2012 dying from most cancers, he commented, “My two strokes have given me 11 years of a powerful journey.””

The UK tour dates are on the finish of this month:

Mon 27 Nov – Bush Corridor – London

Tue 28 Nov – St Mary’s Centre – Chester

Wed 29 Nov – Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff

Thu 30 Nov – The Cornish Financial institution – Falmouth

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