HEADLINE TOUR ALSO CONFIRMED FOR OCTOBER INCLUDING NEWCASTLE NX
Photo by Rob May
“Cushin recalls acoustic Noel Gallagher circa Morning Glory.” – Sunday Times Culture
“The kitchen-sink realism of his songs, raised on the concrete turfs of council estates and smoke-filled social clubs of Newcastle, is something the chart-topping Toms, Jacks and Georges of guitar-pop are not only desperately lacking, but entirely unaware of.” – The Line of Best Fit
“Andrew Cushin is a newcomer being feted by actual icons.” – Clash
“Has built enough hometown momentum to suggest he could ‘do a Sam Fender’ very soon.” – Music Week
“Lyrically and sonically very strong.” – Gigwise
Andrew Cushin has been championed by two indie songwriting icons in the shape of Noel Gallagher and Pete Doherty, who recently signed the young musician to his Strap Originals label. His first single under the deal, ‘You Don’t Belong’, introduced an evolution in his sound, leading to airplay from BBC Music Introducing and Amazing Radio as well as a session for Sky TV’s new music show ‘Spill The Sound’. Now Andrew shares his new single ‘Catch Me If You Can’ as he moves towards the release of his debut EP ‘You Don’t Belong’ on April 22nd. Listen HERE. Watch the video HERE.
‘Catch Me If You Can’ moves with a swaggering strut as ragged riffs, thunderous rhythms and foreboding backing vocal harmonies underline its menacing mood. It also shows the maturation and range of Andrew’s voice, which now bites with a resolute rock ‘n’ roll attitude after he previously displayed vulnerability on early tracks such as ‘Waiting For The Rain’.
Andrew says, “‘Catch Me If You Can’ is a song I’ve had finished for a while but it was only when we began to work on it in the studio and add those backing vocals that it started to shine. The lyrics are written more as a metaphor. I believe the song is about running away from something. The lines ‘here comes the girl with bad intentions’ and ‘she’ll come for me and then she’ll come for you’ could be about anxiety, depression or addiction. That’s what I like about ‘Catch Me If You Can’, the lyrics can be perceived in many different ways.”
‘Catch Me If You Can’ was written by Andrew, produced by Jason Stafford, and was recorded at The Albion Rooms, The Libertines’ studio in Margate.
The single is accompanied by an official video, which puts Andrew’s naturalistic performance at the forefront. Those scenes are cut with footage of Andrew and his friends around their local area, although the personification of the metaphorical “girl with bad intentions” is ominously never far away. The video was filmed and directed by Andy Willsher, who won the NME Award for the Outstanding Contribution to Music Photography. Watch HERE.
Both of Andrew’s recent singles feature on his debut EP ‘You Don’t Belong’. Initially a singer-songwriter with a flair for raw introspection, the new EP shows that he’s stronger within the sound of a full live band. The strength of his songwriting shows why he’s so highly regarded, while its indie rock raucousness also incorporates a brawny, bluesy undercurrent. The EP is available to pre-save HERE.
Andrew’s hometown of Newcastle is effectively a character in many of his songs, his observations of the society around him touching upon social issues but also with steadfast respect for his community. He’s gradually becoming a hometown hero. A favourite on local radio and media, he has sold-out The Boiler Shop and The Cluny, and became the youngest Geordie to headline the city’s O2 Academy, while his music is played at most Newcastle United home games. But this isn’t an artist limited to a city. Like Sam Fender before him, Andrew’s songs possess a broad appeal and relevance that can speak to people throughout the land.
Establishing a reputation as a powerful live performer, Andrew has also supported bands including The Lathums, Two Door Cinema Club, The Libertines and most recently The Sheepdogs. Now he announces his biggest UK and Irelandheadline tour to date, during which he will be one of the first artists to headline Newcastle’s new NX venue. Tickets for the tour will be available on pre-sale from 30th March at 10am and on general sale on 1st April at 10am from HERE. First comes a tour as guest to The Sherlocks, then a slot at Noel Gallagher’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus as well as a variety of summer festival shows.
APRIL 16th – Bristol, Thekla (with The Sherlocks) 21st – Glasgow, St. Luke’s (with The Sherlocks) 29th – Hull, Asylum (with The Sherlocks) 30th – Newcastle, University (with The Sherlocks)
MAY 10th – Paris, Le French Escapade Festival 14th – Southampton, Engine Rooms (with The Sherlocks) 28th – Walton-on-Trent, Bearded Theory Festival
JUNE 4th – Margam, In It Together Festival 9th – Newcastle, Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)
AUGUST 6th – Bingley Music Live
SEPTEMBER 2nd – Lindisfarne Festival
OCTOBER – HEADLINE TOUR 5th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club 6th – Manchester, Gorilla 7th – London, Lafayette 8th – Brighton, The Hope & Ruin 9th – Southampton, Joiners 11th – Bristol, Exchange 12th – Nottingham, Bodega 13th – Birmingham, Castle & Falcon 14th – Sheffield, Leadmill 15th – Liverpool, Arts Club 17th – Dublin, Sound House 18th – Belfast, Voodoo 20th – Glasgow, King Tuts 21st – Newcastle, NX