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Imagine, if you will, Stephen Malkmus, Jarvis Cocker and Paul Smith getting together for a jam session; there’d be plenty of singing in an accent, a riot of woozy, glistening guitars and splashy cymbals, some liberally sprinkled witty ripostes and an obscenely catchy anthemic chorus or two. Add to this mix a healthy dose of self-awareness, a smidge of humour and bags of charm and you’ve got James Leonard Hewitson’s new single, Deader, in a nutshell.

This is the first release from the Hartlepool musician, backed by his band The Relevant People, after recently securing a publishing deal with Newcastle-based Wipe Out Music; Deader is released by Darlington’s Butterfly Effect on limited edition lathe cut 7” on 28th June. “[It’s] talking mainly about having some privilege yet feeling worthless and powerless about what’s going on around you in society, and suggesting you could do something better.” James explains.

The single serves as a tasty titbit from his debut album, Only The Noise Will Save Me, which is due for release in late autumn. For now, fans will have to content themselves with hearing what he’s got up his sleeve at live shows, of which there are many over the coming months including a single launch on Friday 28th June at Think Tank? Underground in Newcastle supported by Shy-Talk and Late Girl, followed by appearances at Voodoo Cafe, Darlington (Saturday 13th July), new Newcastle venue Bobiks (Sunday 14th July, in support of The Stroppies), Stockton’s Georgian Theatre (Friday 19th July) and Gosforth Civic Theatre’s Beer Festival on Saturday 3rd August.



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