Andy Bennett is a singer, song writer and guitarist who up until now has been best known for his time with Ocean Colour Scene, a posistion he has held since 2004. Deciding to quit in 2015 Andy released his debut single 'Hole In The Road', which lead on to recording his first solo album 'Thinkin Drinkin, Singin.
Debut solo album ‘Thinkin’ Drinkin’ Singin’
On 25 November 2016, singer and guitarist Andy Bennett released his solo album ‘Thinkin’ Drinkin’ Singin’’ through Swan Music on CD and vinyl. The album will be preceded on 18 November 2016 by the single ‘A Little Love’. Known not only for his frequent gigging (this is a musician that just loves to play!) but also his work with Ocean Colour Scene with whom he performed and recorded with as 2nd guitarist, bass player and occasional drummer from Sept 2004 to Feb 2015, Andy is a truly versatile artist. The album is a beguiling collection of lovingly-wrought songs that are a blend of both the newly-minted and honed versions of tracks that Andy has been developing over time. The album also features a new version of the OCS album track ‘Old Pair Of Jeans’ which he wrote and was on their ‘Saturday’ album.
“I’ve lived with some of these songs for a while, this was just the right time to record them. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out, it has a real sense of reality to it. I don’t like to label myself, but I’d say this album has a feel more like the Beatles than Oasis, but with my fingerprints all over it of course! I’m pleased with the version of ‘Old Pair Of Jeans’ too, I didn’t get to sing on the last version so thought I should do my own.”
Working hand in glove with co-producer Danny McCormack [MD for Roy Wood and Tony Christie] has meant that the creative process was both pleasurable and successful. Whilst some songs came from demos that were awaiting their moment in the sun, ‘Drift Away’ and ‘Delusion & Faith’ both came into being during the album sessions. “I’ve always been a fairly prolific writer, and with many of the demos I loved the songs but not the way they were recorded, so it was time to get that right.”
The recording approach differed throughout; five of the tracks on the album were laid down pretty much live with his band, whilst the other five feature Andy performing everything bar the strings and piano. In fact, despite being known for his picking skills [the album features a host of fantastic guitars - Epiphone PR350s 6 string acoustic & PR350 12 string acoustic, Hofner Western 1964 acoustic, Fender telecasters etc] he has a surprising admission to make. “I’ve always loved drums,” he laughs, “my favourite instrument, but I was never allowed a set as a kid!”
This is an album that will live long in the memory, and garner Andy Bennett yet more fans along the way. “It’s impossible to pick a favourite track,” he says, “I love the production on ‘I Just Can’t Pretend’ and I love the message on ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’”. With quality in depth, Andy Bennett has created in ‘Thinkin’ Drinkin’ Singin’’ something that just gets better over time. Much like an ‘Old Pair Of Jeans’ in fact…
Cheers to Gab at SRB Radio, Birmingham for the hook-up.