Since forming in Liverpool in 2007, the songwriting duo of Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech have chosen to collaborate with other artists on each album, recording in Portland with Mike Coykendall and Adam Selzer, in Sheffield with Richard Hawley’s band and in Nashville with Brendan Benson and members of Old Crow Medicine Show and The Cardinals, respectively. For their fourth album, the band have returned to Liverpool, to record the first of a new trilogy with Bill Ryder-Jones, solo artist and former guitarist of local heroes The Coral, at the production helm.
Liverpool was the first gig we played when we returned from Nashville in 2011 after we recorded our last album with Brendan Benson,” explains Mark. “Nick Power and some of The Coral were at the show and the next day Nick sent us a few of his songs, which kicked us into gear for this album and helped shape the way it turned out.”
“Bill and Nick are old friends from our Liverpool days and we’d worked with Bill before [on the one-off Christmas single ‘St. Christopher’] and always really respected him as a musician and producer,” adds Oisin. “We always talked about doing more together.”
From the 30 songs written on the road, 15 were selected for the studio, recording 12 and 9 appearing on the album with three instrumentals. All recorded and mixed in 7 days at Parr Street Studios.
This new album steps away from the strictly folk/americana thing and opens up a new door for us,” says Oisin.
The first single from the album will be ‘Derridae’.
“New Songs Of Dawn and Dust” is out on 19 September through Lojinx label.
1. Spanish Reprise
2. Days Ahead
4. Soldier’s Song
5. Walking Blues
6. Nocturnal Tune
7. Can I Stay With You
8. Poor Poor Man
9. Hotel Loneliness
10. Between The Crow And The Rat
11. Gold And Silver
12. Stones Throw