Heres the ‘Malvern Winter Gardener’ video shot by regular VP associate Andy Squiff in a lovely garden in The Forest of Dean. We did approach Malvern Council but they wanted exorbitant fees to film the hills so we made some pragmatic choices. The song looks back at the iconic venue Malvern Wintergardens where I saw many of my early gigs, the song unfolds through the eyes of a faded old rock star gently reminding the listener of former glories. There are band name checks, and a pot of tea, always the tea. Since writing the song a few people have told me that the cover of ARGUS was shot in Spain not in Malvern, if this is the case please do forgive my poetic licence! Hope you enjoy it. Its taken from the album ‘Return of the Native’ which gets its full release 4.5.18 once again on Shadrack & Duxbury. You can PRE ORDER the album here.
Warmest greetings all it’s a real pleasure to be able to announce that the new Vinny Peculiar album ‘Return of the Native’will be released on 4th May 2018 on Shadrack & Duxbury. Its been something of a labour of love this one, having had a few technical hiccups along the way I finished mixing and editing it appropriately at a local Studio in Pershore, just a few miles from Worcester with Dave Draper, who’s attention to detail was impeccable. Dave is a talented musician in his own right and he’s worked with Dodgy, The Wild Hearts and Clint Boone to name a few. I’d managed to edit and refine all the parts up to a point but It was good to finish the record in a different studio, in a sonically treated centric space, bounce last minute ideas around, that kind of thing. I’m really pleased with the results.
There’s a healthy mixture of noise and gentility on the record, songs that run away with their own thoughts and those which are centred in loss and change and moving on, from the north back to the midlands, it’s been a cathartic record to make. The songs were inspired by Worcestershire, some reflect on my younger life here, some address the newness of the here and now and the starting all over. Most of the songs are a couple of years old and long overdue the record treatment. The musicians on Return of the Nativeare rhythm section Paul Tsanos [drums] & Bobby Kewley [bass, cellos] with Rob Steadman [keys]. It was also a great thrill to have my daughter Leah Walch sing backing vocals, this is the first time she’s appeared on a VP album since 2011’s ‘Other People Like’
‘Return of the Native’ comes out 4th May 2018, you can listen here pre order the CD hereor pre order the download via Bandcamp. If theres enough demand I’ll also be pressing up the album on vinyl, please do let me know your preference so I can gauge demand, thanks. Heres a link to thepress release. Listen and share Detroitwich here
The first video supporting ROTN will be ‘Malvern Winter Gardener‘, a little tribute song I wrote in memory of Malvern Winter Gardens, where I saw any number of hard rock bands of the 70s. The song is narrated by a burned out rock star lamenting the glory days…I’ll be adding to social media sites shortly and more videos will be added leading up to the release. Please do share whatever you can. VP x