Belfast soulful singer-songwriter Ciaran Lavery, is back with a brand new album titled ‘Let The Bad In’, released via Believe Recordings on May 27th. ‘Return To Form’ is the first single.
“There are elements of both my past & present in there – explains Ciaran – I think everyone envies the child they were, for the fearlessness that they once had & can never really recapture”.
The album – based on the naivety of childhood & the loss of that innocence with age – it’s a collection of sorely graceful, honest, life reflective with a nip-of-nostalgia tunes.
‘Let The Bad In’ started as his uncle handed him an old VHS tape with home video footage of a family trip when he was 7…“I was watching myself being so carefree, just doing things because I felt like it. I didn’t react to anything, I just did” – reveals Lavery – “It made me think about how much I can’t relate to that person anymore, as an older version of myself – I’m scarred by experience & previous life choices that have altered all my decisions for better or worse. No matter how much I try, I will never be that 7-year-old version of myself, I will never have that wide eyed innocence.” He adds: “I have written 10 songs based all around that nostalgic innocence of youth & now, older, how I look at things, what things I face in the future. It’s a very personal album…How I felt about certain things at a certain age or point in my life, others reflective as an older version of myself looking back then forward. I felt it important to lace audio from the family trip throughout the album: it represents the who that I was. You can hear different members of my family, myself and even a scene of my brother and cousin showing off their tattoos for the camera. It’s all 100 % genuine.”
Following the successes of his impressive ‘Kosher’ EP, ‘Not Nearly Dark’ album and ‘Sea Legs’ mini-album with Ryan Vail, Ciaran points out: “I have a ridiculous fear of what might happen if I stop moving…Nobody wants to be pigeonholed…It’s therapeutic to move into some weird, in-between genres. I’d rather not be pinned down. I always use Tom Waits as an example.
The same with Beck. Nobody says, ‘Oh, Beck moves around too much. I don’t get it’. It’s a different sound all the time. He goes from one extreme to the other and it works.”
8th March The Social (Huw Stephens Presents), London
15th–19th March Austin TX, SXSW
6th May Belfast, St George’s Church
14th May Dublin, Freemasons Hall Country
23rd May Brussels, Huize 23 AB
24th May Hamburg, Prinzenbar
25th May Berlin, Badehause Szimpla
26th May Amsterdam, Bitterzoet
27th May London, St Pancras Old Church