Jack Penate takes advice from Smiths for new album

Songwriter on his new 'bipolar' effort

Jack Penate has said that listening to The Smiths‘ song ‘Accept Yourself’ helped him sort out his all-or-nothing approach to his second album, ‘Everything Is New’.

The songwriter revealed that the track, the B-side of the Manchester legends’ 1983 single ‘This Charming Man’, helped him deal with his old attitude.

“I’ll either wake up and think everything’s going to be great and this record will work or I’ll be thinking, ‘That’s it. It’s over. What’s the point?’,” Penate said of his inability to “stay on an even keel”.


Penate also told The Sun that his new album, which is due out on Monday (June 22), is “a bit bipolar”, thanks to the upbeat nature of some of the songs and their contrasting serious lyrics.

According to the singer/guitarist the new album documents the “underbelly of my life”, whereas his debut album, 2007’s ‘Matinee’, was “a bunch of teenage stories”.

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