Let’s Go Somewhere Quiet: Stylusboy
Another from the forthcoming Let’s Go Somewhere Quiet album. But a break from the norm with Stylusboy (Steve Jones). This is downtempo lo-fi acoustic folk, with a heart-breaking quality.
1. You’re from Coventry. As I said to QtheSuit, the only things I know about Coventry are that you shouldn’t be sent there and that it got bombed in the war. What else should I know about Coventry? His answer was about ska and The Specials. What’s yours?
Coventry has a very mixed reputation but I like it. I am Coventry chap born and bred so I like it here. It has some great places to eat like Browns Cafe Bar and lovely places to visit like the Herbert Art Gallery and the Cathedral. Coventry also has a wonderful music scene, particularly with the acoustic scene. I am very proud to come from Coventry.
2. You used to be in a band, so why did you choose to go down the solo lo-fi folk path?
When I was in the band we used to do alot of acoustic sets and I often wrote songs on acoustic. When the band stopped I decided to try something different and solo. I have gradually got quieter and quieter. I am now working with my long time musical collaborator Rachel Grisedale to write an album. We are very much working as a duo still under the Stylusboy name.
3. You work with Rachel Grisedale and describe her as “musical collaborator” What does that mean?
As I said above, I have sung with Rachel ever since the first Stylusboy EP, ‘Fingerprint’. I have known Rachel for a long time and she has such a wonderful voice. We wrote a couple of songs on Whole Picture EP together but recently we have written a large number of songs together and so we are naturally becoming a musical duo.
4. Who else’s work do you rate?
I love also sorts of people’s work. I really love The Civil Wars album at the moment. I like people like Bon Ivor, The Staves, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Laura Marling. All sorts really.
5. A Song for Noah is about your son. I find the lyrics about wanting the best for him to be almost unlistenable in the context of Let’s Go Somewhere Quiet. How is Noah doing?
I can’t begin to imagine how difficult it must be for you. Noah is a brilliant. A crazy little boy with an obsession for Star Wars (which I am loving!)
And so to the track on the album – A Song For Noah – here in a live version
And if you like that, try The Whole Picture EP