9:55pm - 10:45pm (Friday)
Chris Helme, who first rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire’s post-Stone Roses band ‘The Seahorses’ released his debut solo album on the 27th of August 2012. Although rightfully remembered for the anthemic Britpop classics Love Is The Law and Blinded By The Sun - songs that evoked everything the 90’s stood for, from the opening track of The Rookery, the man instantly appeared cut from an entirely different cloth.
Helme’s is an enviable back catalogue, bolstered further by his acclaimed works with The Yards, but it was The Rookery’s knack for melody and imaginative, intricate, three-way guitar interplay that brought each track to such lush, blossoming, climaxes. Add to this Helme’s keen ear for arranging, combined with his beguiling voice, and the brooding string passages resonate even more deeply.
“ECHOING THE FRAGILITY OF GRAM PARSONS, WHILE FLIRTING WITH THE RUSTICSIDE OF NEIL YOUNG” UNCUT
“DREAMY BUT DRIVEN INDIEFOLK. ENHANCED BY LAVISHLY LAYERED PRODUCTIONS AND A DEFTLY DEPLOYED STRING QUARTET.” Q MAGAZINE