The August 7th release of Willie J Healey’s new album ‘Twin Heavy ’has been boosted with the news that his current single ‘Fashun’ is now on the A-list at 6 Music. It’s the third song from record to earn that accolade following ‘Songs For Joanna’ and ‘True Stereo’, adding to prior Radio 1 support from Annie Mac and Jack Saunders, plus high profile fans such as Jamie T and Orlando Weeks. His growing following has resulted in his first fan page at Instagram, the Cult of Willie.
Willie will follow the album’s release with an extensive headline tour that commences next March. Rescheduled from earlier this year, the thirteen-date tour includes a Londonshow at Lafayette, plus two homecoming shows at the Jericho Tavern in Oxford- the first of which is already sold-out.
The dates are:
23rd– Leicester, The Cookie
24th - Liverpool, Phase One
25th - Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
27th - Newcastle, Think Tank?
28th - Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
29th - York, The Crescent
1st - Coventry, Central Library
2nd - Bedford, Esquires
3rd - Brighton, CHALK
4th - London, Lafayette
6th - Manchester, YES (The Pink Room)
7th - Oxford, Jericho Tavern (SOLD OUT)
8th - Oxford, Jericho Tavern
‘Twin Heavy’ will also be available as a visually striking and highly collectible ‘Paint-Your-Own Willie’ edition. Limited to 500 copies, it features a paintable hand-cast 3D model of Willie which rotates on the turntable spindle, alongside a grass green vinyl record. The format is released in conjunction with limited run vinyl specialist Blood Recordsand is availablehere.
Other pre-order options include a limited edition cassette and bundles which feature an exclusive merch design.
There’s no-one quite like Willie J Healey. The sonic auteur is emerging as his generation’s answer to songwriting icons Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello and Roddy Frame, with a similar flair for matching eloquent, literate and sharp-witted lyrics with a melodic streak that touches upon all of the great decades in pop history.
A future cult classic,‘Twin Heavy’is the product of Willie J Healey’salmost obsessive creative nature. By day or by night he’ll most likely be found writing, recording or just jamming in his garage studio, and at any given time he’ll have a couple of dozen songs in development. Surprisingly, music is the second all-or-nothing, double-or-quits passion of his life. He’d been equally dedicated to a previous career as an amateur boxing champion, and while that’s long since over, you’d still be foolish to challenge him to a quick couple of rounds for old times’ sake.
Between his music and his force of personality – sometimes intense, other times jovial but consistently warm and accommodating – he’s a youthful local eccentric in Carterton, a small town adjacent to an RAF base. That was all the more striking when producer Loren Humphrey (The Last Shadow Puppets,Florence + The Machine,Tame Impala) stayed with him as they prepared to work on ‘Twin Heavy’. A pale-skinned, red-headed Englishman and a towering American who looks one of The Eagles placed in a contemporary style mag: not a combination you see in near rural Oxfordshire all that often.
Healey and Humphrey headed to Eastbourne, where they recorded ‘Twin Heavy’and last year’s ‘Hello Good Morning’ EP in just nine days. Recording to tape certainly isn’t too common these days, but as the album proves, it added to its loose, easy-going vibe and is perfectly fitting for Willie’s esoteric nature.
Willie J Healey will celebrate the ‘Twin Heavy’release day by joining Tim Burgess for #TimsTwitterListeningParty. The playback starts at 8pm.