Crimson vs Blue, which is launched on Might 1, showcases 18 new various songs taking inspiration from every little thing from politics to Play-Doh. The Wolverhampton musician wrote the primary monitor round three years in the past with the final penned throughout lockdown.
“That appears to be usually how I write although, I’m not significantly prolific,” he tells Weekend. “I’ll have durations the place I don’t write something for a very long time, then inspiration will come and I’ll instantly have three or 4 songs from it. We reside in extremely politically charged occasions, and that’s mirrored on this album.
“It’s not all politics, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly a operating theme! The title of the album, Crimson vs Blue, is taken from a line within the tune ‘Who We Are’, which is first monitor on the blue disk. That tune is about understanding your individual political opinions and convictions, and in flip understanding these whose beliefs differ from your individual.
“The album itself is cut up into two disks, one pink and one blue, which mirror one another in the best way I’ve ordered the songs,” explains Sam.
It will appear music runs in his blood. “I’ve all the time sung, it runs in my household. My dad is the singer in one of many covers bands I play in, The Pale Aliens, and his dad used to sing at Bilston city corridor. My different grandad was additionally a musician, a bass participant in a jazz band, so I by no means actually had an opportunity!,” he says.
Amongst his different musical influences are singers corresponding to Bob Dylan and Billy Bragg.
“I like anybody who stands up for what they imagine in, and musicians aren’t any totally different. There are many tales of musicians who began out with noble and steadfast values, however as fame and notoriety caught up with them they compromised on these values to attraction to an even bigger viewers. I’m studying to understand their music for what it’s and provides them the good thing about the doubt, however I nonetheless appear to all the time come again to those that keep somewhat extra on message.”
Sam, who has been gigging since he was an adolescent, grew to become a full-time musician in 2017 after a couple of years working in schooling.
The primary tune he ever wrote was 7 Days a Week, a model of which opens his Anthology album, which was launched in 2012 and had adopted 2010’s The Record.
His final album was 2017’s As I Reside and Breathe which was launched along with his first ever full band present.
Crimson vs Blue showcases the skills of Daniel Hart on guitar and Dickie Davis on drums, in addition to Ewan Stevens on cittern/mandolin and John Hare on accordion.
Usually, Sam’s songs could begin life as a single lyric or are shaped round an concept that’s popped into his head.
“I like to put in writing songs about issues which can be vital to me or that I imagine in. I assume that comes with the territory as a ‘protest singer’. I wish to assume my music is no less than an trustworthy portrayal of who I’m as an individual and what I imagine,” he explains. As an unbiased musician, Sam handles every little thing himself, whether or not it’s recording, reserving or making and distributing music and merchandise. In addition to his solo work, he presently performs in two covers bands – The Replicas and The Pale Aliens.
“I’ve a listing of just about all of my gigs since I began taking part in on my web site which tells me that I’ve performed over 1,200 exhibits, so I’ve been round a bit,” says Sam.
“Regionally a few of my favorite venues to play are The Robin 2 and Katie Fitzgerald’s, each of which I’m hoping to return to with full band exhibits later this yr,” he provides.
Like for therefore many different musicians, life instantly modified for normal reside performer Sam when the primary lockdown was introduced – however the 33-year-old was decided to make the most effective of a nasty scenario.
“As a full-time musician who depends on reside efficiency for just about all of my earnings, it has vanished within the blink of an eye fixed. I had one gig when lockdown eased in the course of final yr, however aside from that I’ve not had any work since March 2020. It’s an identical story to nearly everybody throughout the trade and wider arts sector.
“However from a constructive facet of issues, it has given me likelihood to re-focus my efforts on my authentic materials.
“I’ve made no secret of the truth that I’m making an attempt to interrupt into the unbiased competition circuit, and whereas I laid the groundwork in 2019 with a couple of help gigs for acts established there, it’s been throughout lockdown that I’ve actually managed to make myself higher identified to the promoters, musicians and punters in that specific circuit, taking part in livestream festivals with lots of them on the invoice or watching from dwelling.
“There’s a actual neighborhood within the individuals who attend the festivals and gigs of the artists that frequent them, and I’ve been launched to a few of them just about throughout lockdown, so I hope to get the chance to play for these folks for actual as soon as restrictions are lifted.
“There’s additionally an actual likelihood that, with out the time at dwelling that lockdown has given me, this album wouldn’t exist, or no less than be recorded,” he tells Weekend.
Throughout lockdown his Fb reside streams each Wednesday at 7pm have confirmed a success with followers.
“I’m planning to proceed these in the intervening time. I’m additionally launching this new album on Might 1 with a particular reside stream gig, supported by three good acts in Matt Johnson, Jess Silk and Davey Malone. So far as reside exhibits go, I’ve began to tentatively guide dates for the second half of the yr,” says Sam.
4 years after deciding to pay attention solely on his music, he stays grateful to be doing a job he’s so obsessed with.
“I hope to maintain having the ability to make music that folks get pleasure from, and preserve having the ability to make a residing doing this, the most effective job on the earth! It took me fairly a very long time to be comfy writing songs about myself instantly, however now I discover it a extremely fulfilling expression of who I’m. It’s a privilege to have the ability to play these songs to different folks, so seeing and listening to folks having fun with my performances is a humbling and rewarding expertise.”
To seek out out extra about Sam’s music go to www.fb.com/samdraiseymusic or www.samdraisey.com