Badly Drawn Boy confirms Brighton date
Director/promoter Thom Milner-Smith said, “As Badly Drawn Boy, Damon Gough puts a new spin on the traditions of Nick Drake, Harry Nilsson, John Lennon and other classic singer-songwriters.
“When he emerged in the late 90s, his complex, melodious melodies, quirky yet heartfelt lyrics and offbeat production touches fitted into the experimental pop fringe of artists like Scott 4 and the Beta Band, but Gough quickly established himself as a standout talent with 2000’s The Hour of Bewilderbeast, his Mercury Prize-winning debut album.
“He struck gold again with the 2002 soundtrack About a Boy, which honed his songwriting charm while avoiding sentimentality. He later embellished his sound with ornate production like on Have You Fed the Fish? and Born in the UK from 2006, then returned to the relatively bare-bones sound of his previous work on It’s What I’m Thinking, Pt. from 2010. 1: Photographing Snowflakes With Banana Skin Shoes from 2020 , Gough returned from a long hiatus with a balanced mix of adventurous pop and poignant ballads.
“Growing up in Bolton, Damon Gough was a young music fan and idolized Bruce Springsteen. He started recording after meeting like-minded Andy Votel at a Manchester nightclub. The two set up the label Twisted Nerve and Gough debuted as Badly Drawn Boy with EP1 in September 1997. High praise for this five-song release, along with the April 1998 EP2 and November EP3 (his first work to be co-released by XL Recordings), was reflected in his appearance on UNKLE’s celebrity-filled album Psyence Fiction in 1998, which found him guest-starring alongside Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft and Mike D Praise.
“Badly Drawn Boy’s music grew with the March 1999 EP It Came from the Ground and August’s Once Around the Block which peaked on the UK Singles Chart at number 46.
In June 2000, Badly Drawn Boy’s debut album, The Hour of Bewilderbeast, was widely acclaimed for its literary songwriting and eclectic instrumentation. As well as reaching number 13 on the UK Albums Chart and number 23 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart in the US, the album appeared on numerous albums of the year lists and eventually won the British Mercury Prize for Best Album.
“The Hour of Bewilderbeast also made a fan of author Nick Hornby, who asked the singer to score the film adaptation of his book About a Boy. Composed solely by Gough, About a Boy was released in April 2002. Once Moreover, the album earned praise for its heartfelt songs and peaked at number six on the UK albums chart and number 11 on the Billboard Soundtracks chart.
“After recording for most of 2002, Gough emerged in November with Have You Fed the Fish?”