Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Folk Star Ruarri Joseph’s new rock project William The Conqueror announce UK Tour

Folk Star Ruarri Joseph’s new rock project William The Conqueror 
announce UK Tour promoted by Metropolis/ Live Nation, 
with dates including The Moth Club

Band to perform Exclusive Invite Only Industry Showcase @ The Social



Recent Coverage The Metro (Artist of the day)

BLOG Post (May 2017): Indie Americana trio William The Conqueror to release debut album via Loose.

 Folk star Ruarri Joseph’s new rock focused project William The Conqueror today announced three UK shows, including

Tue 14 November, 2017 -
Moth Club, London (Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, E9 6NU) £14.30 Event
Thu 16 November, 2017  - Green Door Store, Brighton (3 Trafalgar Street BN1 4FQ) £11
Sun 19 November, 2017- Greystones, Sheffield
(Greystones Road S11 7BS) £11 Event
Mon 20 November, 2017 - Castle Hotel, Manchester
(66 Oldham Street, M4 1LE) £8.80 Event
Tue 21 November, 2017 - Louisiana, Bristol (Wapping Rd, Bathurst Terrace, BS1 6UA) £12.10 Event
Wed 22 November, 2017 - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (11 Womanby Street, South Glamorgan, CF10 1BR) Event

The trio have recently become an industry buzz band, getting snapped up by promoters Metropolis/Live Nation, after they were championed by influential media including Metro/Killing Moon, The 405, One Stop Record Shop and The Guardian who described their music as “stomping country rock veering into stoner grunge”.

William The Conqueror features Ruarri Joseph, a former folk singer-songwriter who walked away from a major record label deal with Atlantic Records to explore the music he wanted to make – which took an rock direction after he felt boxed in by Atlantic’s vision for his music. 

Joseph stated, “I think Atlantic wanted to box me in as something I wasn’t but I didn’t know what I was either so it made sense to leave and just get out on the road, see if I could figure it out.  I spent a lot of time on the folk circuit just by virtue of the fact I had a beard and an acoustic guitar, it paid the bills but again didn’t feel like I was following my creative instincts as opposed to trying to get by.  I reached a point where I thought my younger self that had cut his teeth in punk and rock bands would’ve been disappointed in what I’d become so William started as a way to pay homage to that youth that got side lined when life got in the way.”

Joseph recently appeared in Laura Barton's Notes from a Musical Island, BBC Radio 4 Documentary this week, discussing the balance he maintains between the demands of touring and the allure of the Cornish surf off Newquay and the woods and hills of his childhood home. Listen again here.

Hailing from the North coast of Cornwall, the band also features multi-instrumentalists Harry Harding and Naomi Holmes - their debut album charges through ten raw tracks, asserting itself with opener In My Dreams, a song about destiny, disappointment and defiance; driving drums and heart racing bass setting the tone.  Other standouts include the confessional and timeless Pedestals, the mysteriously triumphant Cold Ontario and epic future single Tend To The Thorns with its earworm guitar hooks, blistering drums and ethereal harmonies.
Sculpted off the radar with no-one to answer to but themselves the band ended up recording the album in Joseph’s garage (literally disturbing the peace) after plans to record it on the Isle of Lewis were hampered by a hurricane killing the power.  Undeterred and embracing the ethos of roots based producers such as Ethan Johns and Ryan Hewitt and with input from Slowdive’s Neil Halstead, they were adamant they wanted to keep the edges loose, opting for single live takes and avoiding excessive overdubs, focusing on the vibe.  The results sing with the confident energy of a band comfortable in their own skin, striking a vein of creativity and running with it.

Pre-ORDER the debut album PROUD DISTURBER OF THE PEACE, out 4 August 2017.

Debut album from bluesy indie-Americana three piece, William The Conqueror. Recorded in sessions that took the band from Cornwall right up to the Isle of Lewis and back again, the album features the multi-instrumental talents of Harry Harding, Naomi Holmes and Ruarri Joseph - a name many folk fans may remember from his acclaimed solo output.

Release Date: 4 Aug. 2017

Label: LOOSE
Copyright: (C) 2017 Loose Music under exclusive license from William The Conqueror
10 TrackS
Total Length: 45:15

Genres: Rock
Amazon UK (CD £8.99 | MP3 £7.99 | Vinyl £14.99 )
Rough Trade (Cat no. vjlp232 | 180 Gram Vinyl with Download.)
HMV (CD BARCODE: 5029432023222 £8.99)

Album Track list:
1. In My Dreams 2. Tend To The Thorns 3. Did You Wrong 4. Pedestals 5. Sunny Is The Style 
6. The Many Faces Of A Good Truth 7. Proud Disturber Of The Peace 
8. Cold Ontario 9. Mind Keeps Changing 10. Manawatu

The band are playing several other live dates including support dates with Danny & The Champions Of The World.
Details below.
Sat 1 July 2017 - Tunes In The Dunes, Truro (19 St Pirians Road, Perranporth, Cornwall TR6 0BH)
Sat 8 July 2017 - Exit Kernow Festival, Saint Agnes (Newdowns Farm, West Polberro, TR5 0ST)
Thurs July 27 - Sun July 30, 2017 - Port Eliot Festival, St Germans (PL12 5BQ)
Fri July 28, 2017 - Sun July 30, 2017 - Leopallooza Festival, Bude (The Wyldes, Week St Mary EX22 6UX)
Sun 30 July 2017 - Cambridge Folk Festival 2017, Cambridge (Cherry Hinton Road, Cherry Hinton Hall CB1 8DW)
Weds 2 August 2017 - The Social W1, London (5 Little Portland Street, Soho W1W 7JD)
Sun 6 August 2017 - Valley Fest 2017, Bristol (The Community Farm BS40 8SZ)
Sat 16 September 2017 - Central Library, Gateshead (Prince Consort Road, Tyne and Wear NE8 4LN) with Danny And The Champions Of The World
Tues 19 September 2017 - Cambridge Junction, Cambridge (Clifton Way, Cambridgeshire CB1 7GX) with Danny And The Champions Of The World
Fri 22 September 2017 - Oxford, The Bullingdon (162 Cowley Road, Oxfordshire OX4 1UE) with Danny And The Champions Of The World
Sat 23 September 2017 - Tunbridge Wells Forum, Tunbridge Wells (Fonthill, The Common, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8YU) with Danny And The Champions Of The World

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