Richard Hawley says the heavier sound on his acclaimed new album ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’ was inspired by the death of his friend and fellow musician Tim McCall.
The singer/guitarist released the album, his seventh solo effort, on Monday (May 7). Speaking to NME about McCall, who had played guitar for Jarvis Cocker, Hawley said: “The nature of the songs meant that it was time to turn it up. I suppose what made me focus on this was mortality, really. I recently lost my best mate Tim McCall. I’ve been playing guitar since I was six years old and we learned together really.”
It made me think about how much time I have or haven’t got left and what I haven’t done, which was just play the guitar.
Hawley previously told NME that ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’ was a metaphor for the state of modern Britain, stating that: “The government are using the recession to force through politics that will put us back 125 years of history.”
You can watch the new video for Hawley’s track ‘You Haunt Me’, the B-side to his recent Record Store Day release ‘Leave Your Body Behind’, by clicking below, where you can also enter a competition to win the turntable featured in the clip.
Hawley is due to headline the brand new No Direction Home Festival this June. The event, which is the sister festival of End Of The Road Festival, will take place from June 8–10 at Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire. Andrew Bird, The Low Anthem, Dirty Three, Gruff Rhys and Slow Club are among the other artists booked to perform at the festival.