William The Conqueror, Live At The Prince Albert
We are delighted to host William Conqueror at The Prince Albert as part of the 'Bleeding On The Soundtrack' tour. This is one of the smallest venues on the tour, so grab a ticket quick! The new album produced by Ethan Johns is likely to turn a few heads.
Bleeding On The Soundtrack is the second album from William the Conqueror following 2017s Proud Disturber of the Peace. Both form parts of a trilogy of autobiographical records capturing different periods in Josephs life. Whilst the joyous debut celebrated a free and easy childhood spent in idyllic Cornwall (where Joseph now once again resides), Bleeding on the Soundtrack is a darker more disturbed foray into adolescence then adulthood. A tale of addiction, divorce and crossroads.
The trilogy idea was inspired by Hermann Hesses book My Belief which housed three separate essays on innocence, disillusionment and faith with Bleeding on the Soundtrack undoubtedly representing the disillusionment period. Whilst personal song-writing has always been part of Josephs music from his beginnings as a solo singer-songwriter signed to Atlantic Records, separating from his own name and identity to form a three piece (alongside Harry Harding on drums and Naomi Homes on bass) has allowed Joseph a space and distance to delve deeper. The song-writing of William the Conqueror is more honest, raw and sorrowful but laced with an acerbic humour giving even the most troubled songs a cathartic energy, as Joseph explains: Thats what Bleeding on the Soundtrack is its not leaving anything out, digging deep to try and cleanse myself of it all.
Shifting to a three-piece has led the way to bolder lyrics but also a bolder musicality. The exact sound of William the Conqueror is hard to pinpoint. The songs have an old soul with moments of blues and dark Americana leading to heavier Southern rock and merged with the more youthful glow of indie- rock and grunge apt given Josephs disillusionment period was spent immersed in the music of Kurt Cobain and Billy Corgan.
Bleeding On The Soundtrack was recorded over twelve days at Peter Gabriels Real World Studios near Bath with producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Laura Marling, The Jayhawks).
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