William Crighton

HOPE RECOVERY

William Crighton releases Limited Edition 7-inch vinyl, alongside national tour in May.

hope recovery coverart.jpgBuoyed by a mesmerising debut record and a slew of live appearances that defined ferocity of spirit, William Crighton’s 2016 was nothing short of a breakthrough year.

The “Riverina Kid” has no intention of resting on his laurels in 2017. He’s locked in for a set of showcases in Toronto for Canadian Music Week and gigs in Vancouver this April and will release a hypnotic new 7-inch vinyl release and digital single called Hope Recovery on March 31st 2017.

To coincide with this exclusive new release, Crighton will perform a string of dates along the East Coast of Australia, which will take his live performances to a new level.

Crighton’s upcoming shows will be a musical feast for those that attend, with each intimate evening presenting over two hours of music and a range of special guests.

The singer-songwriter, now based in the Hunter Valley, is known for his powerful and mesmerising live performances. Respected Australian music journalist Iain Shedden, of The Australian, recently described Crighton’s Tamworth Regional Art Gallery appearance in glowing terms: “Once in a lifetime a gig surpasses all expectations, slapping you in the face with its grace, majestic singing, the quality of the material, and, in this instance, the acoustic ambience of the venue… [it] demonstrated music's power to stir the heart and soul. In my all-time Top 10 that one.”

Hope Recovery  sees Crighton collaborate once again with producer and drummer Matt Sherrod of Crowded House.

The release, recorded in various locations, including Mullumbimby, in the mountains of Laguna, and his own backyard studio in the Hunter Valley, is presented as an 8.46-minute piece of music. It flows seamlessly from the epic jam and rumination on religious accountability ‘Talking to God’, into the uplifting and delicate Australiana soundscape of the title track. The bonus is Neil Young’s classic environmental lament ‘After the Gold Rush’.

This year has already brought more festival performances including Riverboats Festival in Victoria alongside Paul Kelly and a tour with The Beach Boys and The Temptations. Earlier this month Crighton and his band performed at Skyfields (alongside Neil Finn) and WOMAdelaide. 

Crighton has been invited to showcase at Canadian Music Week in April, before returning to Australia to carry out this run of exclusive performances.

“Crighton breathes fresh and strikingly vivid life into the umbrous bush of traditional Australian balladry." Rolling Stone

"Crighton breathes fresh and strikingly vivid life into the umbrous bush of traditional Australian balladry." - Rolling Stone

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"Original Australian voices should be celebrated and supported with all we have. Here is one to rally behind without reservation." Martin Jones - Rhythms

"It’s high theatrics, gutsy and cool at the same time." - Newcastle Herald

“Mesmerising debut album.”' ****1/2 stars - The Music

“Crighton is a major talent”' ****1/2 stars - Courier Mail

“2000 Clicks is killer.” John Schumann (Redgum)

“What a talent." - Felicity Urquhart Saturday Night Country (ABC Radio)

“'Rarely do you witness an audience spell bound and breathless.” -  Life Music Media

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 9
THE EX-SERVICEMANS CLUB,  MULLUM, NSW

SATURDAY, JUNE 10
DIGGERS TAVERN, BELLINGEN, NSW

FRIDAY, JUNE 23
THE WHEATSHEAF HOTEL, THEBARTON, SA

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Debut Album

His debut, self-title album was released on March 18, 2016.

“It’s high theatrics, gutsy and cool at the same time.” - Newcastle Herald

“Mesmerising debut album 1/2 stars” - The Music

“Crighton is a major talent. 1/2 Stars” - Courier Mail

About The Artist

30/11/2016 - WILLIAM CRIGHTON RELEASES 3RD SINGLE  - JESUS BLUES

To celebrate his spate of festival appearances, Australian singer-songwriter William Crighton will release his new single 'Jesus Blues' off his highly acclaimed self-titled debut album. It is accompanied by a startling video that places the singer as an omnipotent suburban entity.

"It's a song about temptation and questioning everything" Crighton explains.

Director Pier Carthew says the music video is set “as an evangelical trip into hard-knock suburbia” that “shakes off the suppression of suburban life to reveal hidden dreams, nightmares and the sheer bizarre nature of ordinary people.”

WILLIAM CRIGHTON RELEASES SINGLE ‘JESUS BLUES’

30/6/16 - WILLIAM CRIGHTON 2ND SINGLE - 2000 CLICKS

‘2000 Clicks’ illustrates Crighton’s literary approach to lyricism. The stirring track explores ideas of fate and free will, the ways in which we navigate the everyday chaos of life and evade the challenges it throws at us. These ideas are framed through the song’s narrator, a man in deep reflection as his car lies in a ditch, a storm raging all around him.

“‘2000 Clicks’ is a story from growing up out in the Riverina,” Crighton explains. “Humans seem to suffer from the ‘grass is greener’ syndrome a lot. Sometimes it is, sometime's not. Whether it's getting out of your home town headed for Queensland or setting off in a space ship to Mars, running from the mess we make instead of cleaning it up is an approach that always has an element of appeal.”

Accompanying the release of ‘2000 Clicks’ is a music video directed by Crighton, his wife Julieanne and drummer and collaborator Reuben Alexander. The clip is low-fi and gritty, centred around William's performance. Subtle psychedelic moments reflect the idiosyncratic images and questions the wind brings to the mind sometimes.

 

WILLIAM CRIGHTON RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘2000 CLICKS’

HIGH RES IMAGES

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