Bill Pritchard

Bill uses the Tanglewood Sundance Pro TW47 E.

Pritchard was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire. His eponymous debut album was released in 1987 on the Third Mind label, with a second following in 1988. He then signed to Belgian label PIAS Recordings, his first release for them a split album with Daniel Darc. In 1989 he released Three Months, Three Weeks and Two Days, produced by Étienne Daho, which was popular in the US after exposure from MTV for the single “Tommy & Co”, which featured backing vocals from Françoise Hardy. His 1991 album Jolie was produced by Ian Broudie, and gave him a breakthrough in Japan and Canada. In 1995 he formed the band Beatitude, releasing the single “Baby in Brylcreem”.

Then a bit of a wait……

“A welcome return for a long lost treasure”. This was how Q Magazine greeted the release of Bill Pritchard’s album “A Trip To The Coast” when it came out in 2014. The album went on to be voted as one of the top 50 albums of 2014 in Rolling Stone.

Fast forward to the start of 2015, Bill Pritchard and Tim Bradshaw returned to the studio to start the follow-up. Gradually, in bits and pieces the album emerged. “The last album was very much about a journey of sorts”, says Bill “whereas this one is more routed in one place, both thematically and emotionally”. It was recorded mostly in Burslem, with Tim Bradshaw, Mike Rhead, Liam Bradley and Remy LaPlage. Horns were added in France, and it was mixed in Burslem, Berlin and Singapore with Bradshaw’s longtime studio partner, Roo Pigott. The songs on the album are of the classic Bill Pritchard genre. Sparkling guitars, choruses to sing along to, meltingly beautiful ballads, and personal everyday lyrics about characters, both real and imagined.