shares new single “Tiny House”
New album Transience
out 17th May and UK tour dates
Eric Goulden, the man everyone knows as Wreckless Eric, is a rare example of an older and established artist who hasn’t lapsed into comfortable formulas. Exactly a year after his last album, the well-received Construction Time & Demolition, he’s back with a new album, Transience – out 17th May on Southern Domestic.
Today, Eric shares a second single “Tiny House” from his new album, and will be performing a live session on Marc Riley’s BBC 6Music show tonight. In Goulden’s world everyone is on the move and a radical and thoroughly inconvenient change in lifestyle might be a cure for everything. Eric says of the single “Imagine no possessions… yeah, right. The easy fix….get on board with the varnished chassis-mounted pine and keep on moving. There are even Tiny House TV shows where people who’ve decided to go tiny stare around compact interiors in moronic, wide-eyed astonishment – Oh my god, it’s so tiny! It’s not going to work – some people spend their entire lives running away from themselves.”
For every song of Wreckless Eric’s you remember from his early days on Stiff Records, he’s recorded 10 more that you’ve probably never heard. The early DIY British indie label may have been his entry-level position into the music business, but Eric Goulden didn’t stop making music after the novelty of Stiff Records – and his being known as Wreckless Eric – wore off. Forty years on, Goulden is still making insightful music while the original label is but a footnote in music history.
On Transience, Eric is joined by friends including acoustic 12-string guitar playerAlexander Turnquist, Cheap Trick bassist,Tom Petersson, Amy Rigby on piano and backing vocals, jazz horn player Artie Barbato, and on drums Steve Goulding, late of Graham Parker & the Rumour – the first time he and Eric have recorded together since Eric’s enduring hit “Whole Wide World” back in 1976.
Eric wrote the songs on the move, alone in grubby rooms in dilapidated motels, and ‘poolside’ at rundown, out-of-season resort hotels – during gaps between touring. He also wrote in roadside cafes, parking lots and launderettes. “I was seeing stuff and writing it down, little vignettes. I felt like I was in a succession of Raymond Carver short stories.”
Eric has already shared the first single “Father To The Man” from the new album.
Catch Eric on tour this May!
02 May – LEEDS The Wardrobe
03 May –
LIVERPOOL Royal Philharmonic
04 May –
07 May – NOTTINGHAM Trent Students Union
08 May – HULL Union Mash-Up
09 May – NEWCASTLE The Cluny
10 May – BRISTOL Fiddlers
11 May – BUDE The Bush Inn
12 May – FOLKESTONE Quarterhouse
17 May – LONDON 100 Club
18 May – BRIGHTON Patterns
24 May – EDINBURGH Voodoo Rooms
25 May – GLASGOW Oran Mor
26 May – NORFOLK Holt Community Centre