Hull based singer/songwriter Andrew Thomas has recently released his debut single The Crossword on Snaith-based record label Strange Reality Music, and York Calling got invited to listen.
By Blue Wilson
Andrew has been working with Chris Miley of Strange Reality Music, who produces and runs projects with up and coming bands and solo musicians at his local studio. This gentle melodic Modern Rock infused song was first recorded as a demo with acoustic guitar and vocals only but grew into the final recording with the addition of a full band arrangement. Lee Green features on guitars and backing vocals, Luke Harrison on drums and Chris Miley on bass, keyboards and percussion.
The track was released on 4 February and is taken from his forthcoming first studio album Walking Home. The inspiration for this came after Andrew suffered a serious accident on his 30th birthday. This and his subsequent recovery fuel much of his song-writing. His lyrics place emphasis on family life, love and commitment and The Crossword like his other tracks are truly sung from the heart whilst his real passion for harmonies shines through.
There is a certain late eighties, early nineties sound to Andrew’s music and hints of an influence from bands such as Manic Street Preachers, Eagles, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions and fellow Yorkshireman and former frontman of Be-Bop Deluxe – Bill Nelson. Andrew happens to play in a band called The 1990s and also The Millionaires. He has performed as a solo artist at Off the Road Monthly, Hallgate Tavern, Hull and Snaithfest last summer. He can also be seen playing on the open mic circuit such as the acoustic night on a Sunday at The Bell & Crown in Snaith.
The Crossword by Andrew Thomas is available now on: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and Shazam