LONDON ROCK BAND HIDING IN PUBLIC RELEASE NEW ALBUM, WORLDS AWAY, YARDS APART, IN MAY 2009
Title Track Wins First Prize in 2008 International Songwriting Competition
London rock band Hiding In Public released its third LP, World’s Away, Yards Apart this May in the US and UK. With a line-up of accomplished musicians ranging in studio and live credits from Duran Duran to Queen, Hiding in Public boasts magic pop songs with classic rock smooth.
It was no accident of luck when David Holland, founder/songwriter/guitarist of Hiding in Public, reached out to his pal Kevin Porée of Berry Street Studio: Porée came complete with stalwart mates John Tonks and Jamie Moses. Tonks is an accomplished drummer who can tag Neneh Cherry, Sugababes, Fish, Duran Duran and Paul Oakenfold among some of his past employers; Moses is a well-known UK session kat with a résumé that reads like a racy novel, and with whom Kevin worked on the Los Pacaminos album (with Paul Young).
The band’s debut, Silent Exchange, won enthusiastic attention and aptly demonstrated both a sophisticated songwriting prowess and the top-shelf chops expected of a group clutching such a résumé. Unfortunately, Hiding in Public’s rocket was shot down before it got in the air. Straight after the release of Silent Exchange, Moses got hired to tour with Queen + Paul Rodgers and play second guitar to Brian May. So, while Jamie toured the globe, David hid away penning a fresh set of tunes. When Moses returned, the band emerged with What Lies Ahead, a brilliant long-player featuring warm, haunting melodies and well-crafted pop-rock loaded with thoughtful lyrics.
Two years later, Worlds Away, Yards Apart is boasting an award-winning title track, with “Worlds Away, Yards Apart” recently having been announced as the first prize winner in the AAA category of the 2008 International Songwriting Competition. Recorded in London’s Berry Street Studio over the course of 2007 and 2008, the theme of alienation suggested by the title recurs throughout the CD. “She Was Mine” will immediately make you think of Randy Newman, Leon Russell and perhaps Warren Zevon with its ragged romanticism and New Orleans style horns. “Bikini Blue Sky” continues with a glimpse of cheeky attitude from Moses and an upbeat retro feel heard in the music of such smoove dandies as Neil Hannon and Scott Walker.
The album then swings from dark, racy pop to a contemplative, heavy mood. “Free After Free Fall” offers a seductive, swirling melody with a cathartic chorus that won’t let go. “Sangria Evening”, a Holland/Moses collaboration, is the tune on the album that Moses is most partial to, palpably channeling Gordon Lightfoot and rounded out with a superb horn arrangement by Matheson Bayley.
The album was recorded in bursts until Moses got called away in August 2008 to do his thing again with Queen + Paul Rodgers. So, while the rest of the band worked through the fall, Jamie didn’t re-enter the studio until December 2008. Did Moses suffer guilt? “Yeah,” he says, “I do feel bad if recording schedules get screwed up because I'm off swanning around the world. But we're all grown-ups and we find a way 'round it.” Queen fans who admire Jamie's work receive updates on his movements via the official Queen Fan Club site and Brian May's website. To thank all its Queen supporters, Hiding in Public will announce the release of the new album and give away free CDs on these sites.
About The International Songwriting Competition: With judges as diverse as Tom Waits, Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Ray Davies (The Kinks), Chaka Khan, McCoy Tyner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Robert Smith (The Cure) and many more, winning the ISC is an accomplishment that recognizes excellence in the craft of songwriting. In its seventh year, ISC received over 15,500 songs from amateur and professional songwriters from 100 countries worldwide.
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