Three years after the success of his massive ‘#OneSongaWeek’ project, Indie pop connoisseur Frank Hamilton, returns with a bigger sound and sparkling new album ‘Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward’ (out June 17), mixed by James Earp (Nina Nesbitt) and mastered by Robin Schmidt (The 1975, Two-Door Cinema Club).
The first single from the album is ‘Lovedrug’, a cleverly charming pop number about addiction…”Love, the internet, Candy Crush, ANYTHING.”
Hello Frank! How are you today?
8/10, thanks. Somewhere between tired and happy. How about you?
So…In a few words what’s ‘Lovedrug’ for you?
For me, Lovedrug is two things. Firstly it’s a song I wrote at 4am in a fit of desperation (though you might not know that unless you’ve heard the acoustic version) and secondly it’s an ode to life, choice, humans, habit and addiction.
What inspired you to write it?
My dad still plays Candy Crush (3 years on) despite the fact he doesn’t actually enjoy it, I continue to stop and start smoking even though I’d just like to stop and my friend Andy likes to get a burrito 5 nights a week even though it turns the following mornings toilet stop into a 30 minute ordeal. WHY?!
What’s your secret addiction?
It’s a secret.
Do you feel your music has evolved since your #OneSongaWeek’ project?
For sure. #OneSongaWeek was basically just a collection of singer/songwriter style demo’s… things were always going to progress sonically once I had time to make a proper record.
Can you talk about your new album ‘Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward’?
The clue’s in the name – it’s basically a self-help guide masquerading as an indie-pop record, full of first world problems (and therefore not to be taken too seriously).
What were your main influences or vibes whilst writing it?
Life, people, the weirdness that occurs inside my brain (and everyone elses), politics, the internet, existentialism, depression, addiction, love, hate, hopes, dreams, success and failure.
Musically, I should thank Pulp, The Crimea, Darwin Deez, Prefab Sprout, Bastille, Counting Crows and of course Blink 182.
For 2016 and 2017…What are your dreams and goals?
To love myself unconditionally. Sounds pretty lame but it’s true.
Musical dreams are great but they can also be dangerous and being an artist in 2016 is a headfuck at the best of times, so in an industry full of questionable humans and dodgy dealings I’d sooner just focus on being a good person, making great records and trying to enjoy this ridiculous rollercoaster we call life.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
Mike Skinner (The Streets), Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), Jeffrey Lewis, Adam Duritz or the other Frank Hamilton (he’s 84, lives in America and was apparently friends with Woody Guthrie – how cool is that).
Tell us about your next show and why we should be there.
It’s the album launch at Scala and if you’ve been to one of my shows before you’ll know what to expect. If you haven’t though: Songs you can relate to, a friendly crowd who like to laugh, smile and cry along, the customary ‘climb and jump off something without trying to break my leg’, some other weirdness like a free entry raffle, balloons and probably a living room on stage.
What do you have planned next?
I honestly don’t know. Album 3’s mostly written but it’s also the 5th anniversary of #OneSongaWeek in 2017. We’ll see…
Catch Frank live:
Sunday June 19 – London, The Scala
Tuesday June 21 – Manchester, Sound Control
Wednesday June 22 – Bristol, Thekla
By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FM