25 June 2014
Dolly Parton is in the UK at the moment, and she’s playing Glastonbury at the weekend. So I thought it would be nice to share a song Pete and me wrote about growing up with Dolly Parton, Wonderwoman, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and a whole lot more besides.
10 June 2014
"we never ever made it down to nashville in the end
and no one ever signed our stupid country disco band"
it's not as if i've just "gone country" all of a sudden. the boy least likely to were always a little bit country, a little bit disco, a little bit of a mess of everything we'd ever grown up listening to. and we grew up listening to country, so it was always a big influence on our songs and the way we sounded.
it just seems like these last few years all i've been listening to is country music, so after we'd finished the great perhaps i wanted to make a record that sounded like all those records i'd been listening to. all the billy sherrill records, all the dolly parton and porter wagoner albums. loretta lynn, merle haggard, waylon jennings and willie nelson, those first few tanya tucker albums. we wanted it to sound like a cross between johnny cash and bananarama. country music for people who didn't really like country music.
so at the end of last summer, i went into the studio with my old friends adam chetwood and rob jones. adam had been playing banjo in the boy least likely to since the best party ever came out, and both of us had always shared a love of all things country, and rob had just finished recording the third voluntary butler scheme album and had produced the last sweet baboo album, which sounded amazing, so i really wanted him to make this record with me too.
and this is the first single by legends of country, made up of the first two songs that we recorded, that's what we talk about when we talk about country and i was born in apricot. the a side has got liz from indiepop legends, the school, singing on it too. it's coming out at the beginning of july on seven inch and as a download and i'm really excited about it.
you can preorder the limited seven inch from rough trade here
i hope you like it