Howie Payne returns with new tour and a free download of 10 demos

Howie Payne

Howie Payne

As The Stands frontman readies a new album, releases previously unheard material and announces new live dates, GetintothisDavid Hall looks forward to what’s next.

Howie Payne, frontman of cult Liverpool favourites The Stands, has released the demos of 10 brand new tracks, titled High Times, Home Recordings as a free download. Recently completing his first headline solo tour since 2010, Payne has just announced another short tour including a Buyers Club date on Thursday, February 9.

Payne is set to release the long-awaited follow-up to his solo debut album Bright Light Ballads in 2017. His solo debut was recorded and mixed in just seven days on an 8-track. Never previously available on vinyl, a limited edition heavyweight vinyl LP will be released on December 9.

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After the original release of Bright Light Ballads, which followed a decade of near constant live performances, Payne took a hiatus from touring and recording to focus on songwriting and production.

“I’ve been thinking about what to call this… a kind of official bootleg? It’s a collection of songs, yes, but it’s not my next official record, that’s for 2017, and these songs most likely won’t be on it,” says Payne of High Times, Home Recordings,

“Are they perfect? Nah, more like a moment caught, with a vibe and a sound all of their own. When I was writing and recording these songs at home in late summer of 2016, I wasn’t planning to put them out or anything, I was just doing it or the love of doing it. So call them a mix tape, sketches, musical musings, ruff cuts, demos. Anything you like. They’re 10 songs I recorded at home, low fi, funky and pure in a totally beautiful way.”

Howie Payne plays Buyers Club on Thursday, February 9 2017. Doors 7:30pm.

Full UK tour dates:

February 7 2017: Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
February 8 2017: The Castle, Manchester
February 9 2017: Buyers Club, Liverpool