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10th January 2018

that joe payne

Ex-Enid frontman Joe Payne is back. Following the announcement last month of his relaunch as soloist That Joe Payne, today details of his live band are unveiled.

Referencing his updated name, Payne explains:

"If you're wondering where 'that' came from... it's a reminder to myself never to allow my anxiety to break me again."

In April 2016, shortly after the release of The Enid's last album, 'Dust', Payne fell ill with depression and anxiety. Unable to work, he officially announced his departure from the band in September 2016.

With confidence built up and new musical and personal depths discovered, That Joe Payne's debut single, 'I Need a Change', will be released in sync with his first live performance in almost two years, taking place at The Picturedrome, a converted cinema in his home town of Northampton on Friday 2nd March.

Promising "some familiar faces" performing "the best of my back catalogue", Joe introduces us to the band:

that joe payne

Oliver Day (Guitar):
Since studying at Leeds College of Music, Day is capable of anything on the guitar. He also plays for the UK's top Yes tribute band, Fragile, and Winter Springs, a harmony led folk-pop collective. Payne and Day first worked together in 2017, guesting on a record by John Holden, to be released later this year.

that joe payne

Moray Macdonald (Keyboards):
Known throughout the prog scene for collaborating with groups such as Crimson Sky, Godsticks and Ghost Community, Macdonald is one of the most skilled and experienced keys players in the genre. Currently, he plays for Pink Floyd tribute Crazy Diamond and psychedelic folk group North Haverbrook, as well as focussing on writing his own material.

that joe payne

Dan Battison (Bass):
With a background in indie-pop, Battison's early work is still commonly synced by MTV as mood music for their many reality TV shows. Previously working with Tim Muddiman and the Strange, New Cassettes and Oh Boy!, Battison is currently involved with other projects such as BBC Introducing's 'Ginger Snaps' and 'Century City'.

that joe payne

Josh Judd (Drums):
Judd may be remembered from Payne's ex-band The Enid as the bassist on their 2016 'In The Region Of The Summer Stars' 40th Anniversary Tour. A talented drummer, Judd will be performing with a mixed kit of electronic and acoustic percussion. He will also be filling the support slot with his own project, Burrowing Bees. Other projects include Low Acre, Adolphus Tips and Knees.

that joe payne

The singer-songwriter has launched pre-sales for his debut single, 'I Need a Change', via his online shop, describing the song as "the most heartfelt thing I've ever done" and "eight minutes and twenty-three seconds of pure unadulterated me."

The music, written and arranged entirely by Payne, was brought to life in the studio with the help of three other recently retired Enid members; Max Read (singer and producer), Nic Willes (drums and bass) and Duncan McLaughlan (guitar).

Artwork and typography for the single is credited to Louis Sidis and Martin Kielty. The Limited edition CD contains special bonus material, as Joe tells us:

"I've picked apart the arrangements for you so that all the detail can be taken in, fully. We're talking over fifty minutes' worth of stuff here, and this is just the single!"

Pre-orders are available now, from here.

As a taster for the new work, Joe has released the B-Side, 'Moonlit Love', a very special re-working of Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata', with heartfelt new lyrics. Check out the lyric video right here:

Tickets for the launch show on Friday 2nd March are available at this link.


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