Making a real departure from Tim Holehouse‘s normal material of mutant delta blues, Come (Out November 15th) is a more alternative country feeling album.
Recorded with a string trio, pedal steel guitar and various instruments at Silent City Studio with Robert Hobson – who is known for producing more harsh albums including those of black metal band A Forest of Stars (two of whom appear on this record) – over August 2017. It’s a real departure and adventure into new sonic territories for all parties involved.
The album was written over a 5 year period, initial demos started when Tim was writing previous albums Odd/Even and Hail. These were then sculpted over the next 5 years with arrangements and further demos. It was a real labour of love to make this album as perfect as possible, with maybe a little look back to earlier album From The Dawn Chorus to make sure it was not rushed. Patience paid off.
Those who have heard the album in early play backs have drawn comparisons to The National, Leonard Cohen, Smog, Lambchop, Bonnie Prince Billy (who the song Prince of the Palace is tribute to) and, perhaps rather unusually, Tony Bennett. Almost narrated stories unravel through string-laden and various sounding pieces.
Come was recorded during two weeks by Tim Holehouse and Robert Hobson. Tim lived in the studio, sleeping on the studio’s couch or floor when his brain would allow him to sleep. The album features Katie Stone (violin and backing vocals) and Rick Blakelock (drums) from A Forest of Stars, Tim Loud (double bass) from Bootscraper and also a former solo touring tour mate, virtuoso violin player Kieran O’Malley from Spirit of John. Florence Fawcette provided some lovely cello lines, James William Boston played some wonderful piano on it and last but not least the amazing Benjamin William Pike provided pedal steel guitar.
Tim Holehouse was born in Dorchester and raised in Portsmouth. Having graduated from the University of Plymouth with an honours degree in music (despite not actually being able to read score) Tim has spent the last 13 years pretty much full time on the road playing 250-300 shows a year touring not only in Europe but all round the world. Drawing inspiration from many sources and styles of music he never likes to be typecast.
3rd October @ Bontempi, Nancy
4th October@ L’Intra Muros, Nivelles
5th October@ Roadside Barbers, Antwerp
6th October@ Uncle Lou’s, Liege
7th October@ House Show, Zweibrücken
9th October@ Piraten Pub, Piern am chiemsee
10th October@ Black horse Inn, Wels
11th October@ DemoZ, Ludwigzburg
12th October@ Vendarbar, Dresden
13th October@ Upholstery Studio, Munchen
16th October@ Wienberg Krugg, Kassel
23rd October@ Artliner, Berlin
24th October@ Beard Brothers and Sisters, Leipzig
25th October@ Hiranja Thai restaurant, lautzenhausen
9th November@ Waterintobeer, Brockley, London
14th November@ Cambridge Blue Moon
15th November @Queen’s Arms, Torpoint
16th November@ Charlie’s Bar Redruth
17th November@ Framers arms, Penzance
18th November@ Chameleon, Nottingham
19th November@ Northern Guitars, Leeds
20th November@ Swansea, Bunkhouse
21st November@ Le Pub Newport
22nd November@ Cellar Bar Cardigan
23rd November@ Cwmcarn Hotel, Cwmcarn
24th November@ Specialist subject records, Bristol
26th November@ Poco Loco, Chatham
27th November@ La cave, Bolong sur mur
28th November@ House show, Antwerp
29th November@ Local Autogéré du Borinage, Mons
30th November@ JH Ypsilon, Aalast