Alex Lipinski and The Crown Electric & Matt Owens and The Delusional Vanity Project

Thu 27th April, 2023
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Alex Lipinski and The Crown Electric & Matt Owens and The Delusional Vanity Project

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Alex Lipinski

“Love the record! Way to be! Emotionally expansive, tough and pretty…honest and WORTH IT!”

That’s a review to write home about, by any standard, and from anyone.

That it arrived unsolicited from one of the musical firmaments most eclectic and singular of wizards, Evan Dando: the fact that it was then closely followed by an impromptu video message from a nameless, but perfect Pacific beach, inviting Alex Lipinski to “come fishing” and it should be immediately clear that this isn’t ‘same old, same old’.

The Lemonheads figurehead then picked up the phone, again, and invited Alex to open a few of his UK shows centred around the seminal ‘Shame about Ray’ album, starting with the recent Bristol 02 Academy and London Roundhouse.

Naturally, Lipinski said yes.

Liam Gallagher is a fan, which resulted in Alex belting out Elvis standards within the unlikely domesticity of Liam’s own North London kitchen, in a surreal battle of anthems; the voice of a generation responding with a heartfelt rendition of ‘Acquiesce’ much to the amusement of Bonehead, who just happened to be there because he and Lipinski just happened to be in the middle of the critically acclaimed ‘Phoney’s & The Freaks’ collaboration, which saw them perform live together from Rome to Los Angeles.

His last album, the self-titled ‘Alex’ was produced by The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe in Berlin. Hailed by Newcombe as “a young man worth my time and efforts” and also observing that “make no mistake, these songs have all the qualities of timeless music”. Again, this is not ‘same old, same old’.

No coincidence then that for ‘For Everything Under the Sun’, his recently released third album, Lipinski was sought out by Wolf Alice & Elvis Costello producer Michael Smith who had the same desire as Anton to work with a voice that Rock & Reel magazine describes as “channelling the best tones of Lennon and Orbison and makes them his own”, and songs which BBC Radio 6 legend Tom Robinson declares “sweep you up and carry you along.

Released digitally, across all platforms; as well as on vinyl and CD through The new album ‘For Everything Under the Sun’ ensured that Alex performed on festival main stages across The UK in 2022, with his band ‘The Crown Electric’.

On the strength of those performances, one of which was caught by Marc Almond’s musical director, Neal X – Alex played alongside Marc in Berlin’s iconic Passionskirche: and has been asked to continue as sole support for the forthcoming UK tour:

Bringing with it the chance to perform in some iconic venues, including The London Palladium, and Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Starting with The Palladium, on October 16th.

This is a truly articulate piece of work, from a songwriter who has served his apprenticeship. A lot of miles covered in what he himself acknowledges has been the only choice he ever had. From caressing sympathy to full-throated resentment, Lipinski has grabbed unwary listeners from the West Country to Krakow, Berlin & New York, since he first left Somerset to become a crucial habitué of Soho’s legendary, lost, 12-Bar Club.

The art of telling stories and a pulling together of things.

The hard work has been years in the getting done. All you have to do now – is listen…

The brand-new single, ‘Closing Time’ is scheduled for release on October 21st.

For Everything Under The Sun, the new album from Alex Lipinski album, is out now on Mi Casa Music.

Photo credit Ruari Meehan

Matt Owens

British-born musician Matt Owens first came to prominence as a founder member of indie-folk band Noah and the Whale, and he’s just released his critically-acclaimed third album, “Beer for the Horses,” an album cut live to tape with his 7-piece All-Star Band – The Delusional Vanity Project. Over the last few years along with establishing his solo career through relentless touring, Matt has also been in high in demand as a songwriter, producer and session player working with amongst many others Thea Gilmore, Robert Vincent, Hannah White and The Korgis.

Noah and the Whale achieved huge success in the UK and overseas with four their albums, selling over one million albums in the UK alone. The band toured the world between 2006 and 2014, playing hundreds of festivals as well as touring with the likes of Arcade Fire, Bahamas, and Laura Marling.

It was back in February 2019 that Matt’s debut solo album, “Whiskey and Orchids” was released to widespread critical acclaim including a 5-star review in Maverick Magazine. Nigel Stonier produced the album which featured Tom Waits’ drummer Michael Blair, Thea Gilmore, and Carleigh Aikins from Bahamas. The album received substantial radio play and that summer he played over 25 festivals as far flung as the West Coast of Ireland and Northern Scotland, including Glastonbury.

2020 saw the release of Matt’s 2nd album Scorched Earth, to a fanfare of acclaim from the music press. Many BBC Radio Shows made it their album of the week, Bob Harris included “Cargo for the Road” on his first “Best of Under the Apple Tree” compilation and the album went on to feature in many Americana album of the year polls. 2020 also saw Matt co-write including Elles Bailey’s smash hit “Sunshine City” which was Planet Rock’s Number 1 song for 8 weeks.

In Autumn 2022 Matt released “Beer For The Horses,” cut live with his 7 all-star band: The Delusional Vanity Project at Middle Farm Studios. Co-Produced with Robert Vincent, the band also features members of The Leylines, Clemencie, Danny and the Champs, Tree Top Flyers, and Little Mammoths. The collection of songs is his most accessible and rocking to date and received rave reviews from Americana UK and heavy rotation from Radio with his lead single “Go Easy on Yourself.”