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Get Ready!

In the spring of 2012, during some down time from touring “Sonik
Kicks” with Paul Weller, I began knocking together some ideas for some
new material. My parents had gone away for a fortnight so their empty
house became a base for some noisy music making.

As usual, I was joined by Pete Twyman. Between us we had a selection
of things to bang, pluck, press and scrape, and it wasn’t long before
some interesting ideas had begun to take shape.

It so happened that Pimlico’s singer, Wesley Doyle, also had a bit of
time free around then. Once the ideas Pete and I had recorded had been
hammered into some kind of shape, Wesley made the journey up from
south London to help turn them into songs.

It wasn’t long before there were almost enough tunes to think about an
album. As we were three quarters of Pimlico, the idea was mooted that
it could become a Pimlico project. I felt that a Pimlico album ought
to have the full line-up (Miles Chapman on drums), and also Pete
Twyman’s songs had traditionally formed the backbone of Pimlico’s
releases. Also, “The Best Of Days” had been released the previous year
as Andy Lewis & Wesley Doyle. This had been a song destined for “A
South Herts Symphony” but had ended up a standalone single. It had
failed to generate much interest but was already pressed up in
quantity and thus ripe for re-releasing to trail a album by Andy
Lewis, Wesley Doyle and Pete Twyman.

A tentative track listing was compiled, and a demo CD was produced to
play to interested parties. The general consensus was that with a bit
of a lick and a polish, this could be a pretty good album.

At this point, the fates conspired against the whole project in the
shape of a catastrophic computer failure. All the multi-track master
recordings were lost, and annoyingly the backup drive had become
corrupted. Hardly any of the project had survived in useable form,
apart from the versions of the songs on the demo CD.

It was deemed too expensive to pay to have the dead hard-drive mined
for it’s data. Licking and polishing were no longer an option. So for
the second time in almost as many years I had to abandon a project
that a good deal of work had been expended on.

It hadn’t been a total waste of time though. A number of songs had
been written which had the potential to be taken on to bigger and
better things. And a lot of fun had been had, blundering about with
junkshop drums and borrowed keyboards; sitting on plastic chairs in
the garden, drinking cider in the spring sunshine scribbling lyrics.
As it turned out, this would almost be the final time that I’d be able
to record in my parents’ house; on their return from their trip my
father announced that he was retiring and that he and my mum were
going to move to Nottinghamshire to be nearer my sister. Living Room
Studios in Watford would be no more.

It’s now almost two years since those sessions, since that computer
threw a seven, since my folks upped sticks and moved. A few weeks ago,
Wesley announced he’d found a copy of the demo CD we’d made and had a
listen. Some of the songs were better than he remembered. Pete too
uncovered a copy of the CD and he and I had a listen back. We had to
agree. They weren’t bad at all.

Since the beginning of this year, I’ve been releasing material on
Bandcamp that won’t be available anywhere else for the forseeable
future. Some of you will have had a listen; some of you may also have
bought the downloads. Here then is another selection of songs for you
to sample. I give you “Get Ready!” by Lewis, Doyle & Twyman. I hope
you enjoy it.

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Easter DJing / “A Brand New Toy”

On Saturday April 19th I’ll be back behind the decks at Paper Dress in Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London. It’s going to be another night of live music with me providing a soundtrack of all things bright and beautiful before, between and after from around 8pm until it finishes. It’s free to get in.

On Easter Sunday, April 20th, I’m paying a visit to Watford to DJ at a Northern Soul night at Chocolate, opposite the pond in the High Street. This is the building that was The Oliver pub in the 70’s, then The Artichoke in the 80’s. It’s going to be a lot of fun trying to recreate the “South Herts Symphony” Sunday Club vibe. Expect some fabulous Northern Soul sounds; some you’ll know, some you might not, all will be on vinyl.

Some of you might be aware that Paul Weller has a new single out on Record Store Day. Apparently the a-side is already available to listen to and download on iTunes, as part of the package for his new album “More Modern Classics”. Investigate “A Brand New Toy”  here; you’ll be able to hear that we had a lot of fun recording this particular tune. More details on the limited Record Store Day vinyl release can be found here.

 

 

Songs For A South Herts Symphony

I have released another collection of tunes on Bandcamp. Called “Songs For A South Herts Symphony”, it’s eight pieces of music that were destined for my third album for Acid Jazz, which was sidelined in 2011. 

The full story of the album and why it was shelved I’ll save for another day. For now, have a listen to the music and if you like it, tell your friends. If you really like it, you can buy a download which you can put in your iTunes playlist or burn to a CD and enjoy anytime, anywhere.

http://andylewisuk.bandcamp.com/

 

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Hangover Lounge, Madame JoJos, Last Chances, Red Inspectors…

A couple of DJ sets from me to tell you about. Sunday 26th May I’m back at The Hangover Lounge, the perfect place to deal with the afternoon after the night before. Mellow and interesting music from us DJs downstairs (and some intimate acoustic performances upstairs) at The Lexington, Pentonville Road, London. Info HERE

 

And Friday 31st May I’m back at The Good Foot for what promises to be a great night! Plenty of people have already said they’re coming, and there’s room for plenty more!

 

Acid Jazz records tell me that there are literally only a couple of copies of my first album Billion Pound Project left. If you haven’t already got one, now’s the last chance to own it in any physical format. You can buy it from the Acid Jazz Ebay Store, along with other bits & pieces of my back catalogue- and the great new album Soul Potential which features a track I wrote with Jess Roberts called Turn Your Head Around

 

There will be some more new material from me later this year. In the meantime, I’ve been working with The Red Inspectors on a follow up to the highly acclaimed Are We The Red Inspectors? Are We? As we were feeling our way towards material for the new record, we did what all bands do when they need to break the ice and kick start the creative process- we mucked about! Consequently, for your listening pleasure we offer you a couple of free downloads to enjoy at your leisure- available from here 

News from Andy Lewis

There’s a new compilation album from Acid Jazz records, Soul Potential featuring a selection of great new soul tracks, including one of mine. Turn Your Head Around is a song written with the great Jess Roberts, and features her stunning voice in fine form. Other great tracks on the compilation include Magnus Carlson’s great From Now On and a lovely New Street Adventure track called Hangin’ On, Hangin’ Up. Soul Potential will be released on May 25th, but you can already pre-order it from their shop and from iTunes and Amazon (if you’re into downloads).

On May 31st, I’ll be DJing again for The Good Foot club night at Madame JoJo’s in the heart of Soho. Resident DJ Snowboy and I will be playing 60’s and early 70’s soul, funk, R&B, ska, jazz and a smattering of jump blues, rock’n’roll and latin. A friendly atmosphere and a busy dancefloor is guaranteed. We are on between 10pm and 3am, and it’s a very generous £8 on the door.

Pimlico have almost finished their new album. More news on this to follow, but if you haven’t already investigated last year’s teaser track The Gutter then pop over to Bandcamp. Some of our old material is available to download on iTunes.

The Red Inspectors have a new album in the pipeline too. The acclaimed first album Are We The Red Inspectors? Are We? is still available direct from Acid Jazz via their eBay store on both vinyl and CD, but I’m told that stocks of both are starting to run out so order soon to avoid disappointment!

I’ll be back out with the Paul Weller band in June and July, playing a series of shows around the UK and the USA. Details and tickets are available from paulweller.com.