Willie J Healey W/ Be Good
SONIC GUN Concerts presents
Willie J Healey
Hailing from Carterton, Oxfordshire, the impossible-to-pigeonhole Willie J Healey earned a rush of positive attention
when new music champions YALA! Records released his 666 Kill EP last year. It generated a fresh burst of momentum
in which he earned radio support from Annie Mac at Radio 1 and Steve Lamacq at 6 Music as well as a flurry of key
playlists at both Spotify and Apple Music.
He also soon won a growing following of high profile fans (and now friends) including Laurie Vincent of Slaves, Orlando
Weeks, Jamie T and Gaz Coombes.
Now Willie J Healey shares his brand new track Songs For Joanna, which previews the November 15 th release of his
new EP Hello Good Morning. It also offers the first taste of his second album, which will be released next year.
Songs For Joanna takes Willies pop nous to new heights, as if YALA! labelmates The Magic Gang teamed up with Elvis Costello. Its a snappy tale of age-old teen dilemmas: love triangles, confused sexual identity and unrequited passions.
The idea, says Willie, came from his ability to tap back into that angst. Theres so much confusion and all these emotions. Friends and family tell you that its all insignificant, but you dont know that until youre through it. Everything will pass.
Willie recorded both the Hello Good Morning EP and his second album with Loren Humphrey drummer for The Last
Shadow Puppets, Florence + The Machine, Tame Impala and Lana Del Rey, as well as a producer in his own right. All
fifteen songs were recorded in just nine days at the Echo Zoo studio in Eastbourne. Recording live to tape was an indulgence, but one which enabled them to embrace a particular mindset. It fitted Lorens purist approach, while Willie was happy to focus on playing rather than having to do everything himself. The EP title reflects Willies key approach to finding inspiration to his new songs. Hed wait next to morning commuters at his local train station, relax in a local caf or sit alone in the cinema - all with a notepad in hand to document any interesting details or snippets of conversation that he overheard.
The Hello Good Morning EP is now available to pre-order. YALA! Records official store is stocking an exclusive bundle
which packages the 12 vinyl with an exclusive t-shirt design. Meanwhile, a signed copy of the EP is available to pre-
order exclusively from Rough Trade.
Willie J Healey operates within his own lane. This is a musician who can write about any topic that grabs his attention:
from wry observationals and the innocence of young love, through to gothic visitations from the devil and alien
abductions. Hes unconstrained by genre, moving at will between scrappy garage-rock, evocative Americana and
sumptuous psychedelia. And it's all his own work, the product of obsessively writing song after song in his
Self-described as 'music for midnight walks and dancing in the nude, Oxford quartet BE GOODs sound is silky smooth, whilst maintaining just enough rough edges to stay warmly endearing. The band formed after vocalist Ash Cooke and drummer Charlie Clarke met at a ceramics club, and then bonded over nights listening to rap music in a South East London flat. Relocating to Cookes hometown Oxford they enlisted James Cunning (synths) and Patrick Burley (bass), to start a band in response to small-town suburban boredom. Naming themselves after 96-year-old chemistry professor John B. Goodenough, they started releasing tracks in earnest. Early singles came out via boutique labels Kitsun and Communion.
God of Nowhere is the debut EP by BE GOOD out now.
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