No Attack, no Blackout, just two sides of Gavin Butler and Neil Starr with Ghosts & Echoes 2012 UK Tour - tickets on sale now
In recent years, it's been a fairly common practice for members of metal bands to go it alone, if only for one album, one acoustic rendition or a string of shows. Others like Frank Turner, Ozzy and Bruce Dickinson have made it rather more permanent (and more successful), although Dickinson clearly missed his stint with Maiden and Ozzy is back in the temporarily-crocked Sabbath. Here though, we have a combination of two very current singers who are happily belting out emotions of one type or another with bands that are nearly at the top of their game.
Gavin Butler is one of the singers in high-rolling Welsh rock-upstarts, The Blackout, who have recently been replacing New Found Glory on the Kerrang! Relentless Tour, much to the divided derision or delight amongst ticket holders. Recent album 'Hope' gave them their first Top 30 placing, so everything is rosy for them. Neil Starr normally hollers his way through songs by the also-Welsh double-exclamation-mark wielding angstmeisters, Attack! Attack! So what's with the collaboration, then?
Well, the two have performed a clutch of acoustic songs and sets in the not-so-distant past, with Butler playing as recent support to Starr's other touring project, Dopamine. Clearly the chemistry was right and the pair set about compiling an emotional and acoustic handful of songs with which to record. Mission accomplished - 'Ghosts and Echoes' will see the light of day on 1st April. The CD will feature 5 songs from each of the songwriters, 'Ghosts' being Butler and 'Echoes' assigned by Starr and will feature a more, y'know, sensitive side of their work.
The good news for fans is quite simple - there's a tour from the pair and it starts a few days after the album hits the shops and the servers on 11th April in Bristol. Other stops include Cardiff, Swansea, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Guildford and finally Southampton. Tickets are on sale now and cost £9 - £10. NB - the London show is at the tiny Camden Barfly venue - nice and intimate BUT not many tickets. They might add more shows but don't bet on it!