Jack Cooper of Ultimate Painting has released his first solo record entitled Sandgrown.
The record, inspired by his hometown of Blackpool and his upbringing on England’s Fylde Coast, comprises of nine songs and will be toured across the UK in September.
“I think one good thing about the EU referendum that happened last year is that everyone seems more engaged with politics in the aftermath,” Cooper said. “I’m quite open with my opinions and I enjoy discussing things, but my opinions change from week to week and like most people my world view changes when I’m presented with a compelling argument.
“There’s a huge pressure on people and especially young people to think a certain way, especially online,” he continued. “If you don’t subscribe 100% to a particular ideology, then you’re out the club. I think it can be incredibly intimidating nowadays to voice an opinion. If you’re young, maybe people will say ‘you don’t know what you’re talking about’ or if you’re Northern and you voted to leave the EU, you’re immediately a racist.”
The record has been a long time coming for Cooper who has been prolific in other musical projects in recent years: “I’ve been trying to do this record since I was about 18,” he explained. “I bought my first 4-track with the proceeds of a summer working on the promenade and I guess I got sidetracked along the way. I’ve been listening to Terry Allen’s ‘Lubbock (On Everything)’ a lot and I wanted to make something that painted a picture of a place as vividly as that. I love how Frank Sinatra’s ‘Watertown’ feels so cinematic.”
Here’s a taste of the album with lead single ‘North of Anywhere’:
10th September – The Hope and Ruin, Brighton
11th September – BBC 6 Music Session
12th September – The Waiting Room, London
13th September – Cafe Kino, Bristol
14th September – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
15th September – The Eagle Inn, Salford
16th September – venue TBC, Blackpool
17th September – The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow