JOHN HASSALL & THE APRIL RAINERS

John Hassall (The Libertines) and his new band The April Rainers are the sound of classic summery pop songs mixed with endearing harmonies, jangly guitars and rootsy bass and drum arrangements. The ‘Rainers sound very pastoral and English. Their debut album Wheels to Idyll is about a psychedelic train journey into the country and was produced by Kalle Guatafsson (The Sountrack of Our Lives) and recorded at his “analogue haven” Svenske Grammofon Studion in Gothenburg, Sweden.

John Hassall says of Wheels to Idyll: “Much of the album is about travelling to the country to see my Granny as a child. It might not be a very rock’n’roll subject matter, but I reckon you can still make good pop songs out of it. ‘Intercity 125´ is about the train journey there, ‘Sun in the Afternoon’ is about her and her house, and ‘The Last Scene of Summer’ at the end of the album is about the melancholy train journey back home to London. The songs in the middle are like the adventures and experiences that happen in this Idyll. For example ´Ladybird… Waiting´ is about being a child and having a silent conversation with a ladybird in her garden ‘you’ll find that I am willing and I’m able, so go ahead and fly up on the table. Or take a trip ‘cross my finger tip, the love I give is honest and stable’. ´My Two Wheels´ is about a crazy bike ride at night time in the summer. ‘My limbs are getting heavy but my heart beats like a kite, cycling through the summer city night’ I wrote that one with my poet friend Steev Burgess.”

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