Acclaimed indie-folk quintet Patch & The Giant, release their long awaited debut album, ‘All That We Had, We Stole’, out 10th February 2017.

Produced by Nick Trepka, whose credits include Emmy The Great and Mercury Prize Winner Speech Debelle,‘All That We Had, We Stole’ is a polished and accomplished debut. Showcasing Patch & The Giant’s eclectic take on folk music, the album effectively harnesses elements of indie, rock and blues and fuses them with inviting story-telling, courtesy of lead singer Luke Owen’s rich and tender vocals, and a unique instrumentation ‘Tucked somewhere between the music of Balkan enthusiasts Beirut and the rustic elegance of modern DIY folk’ says Folk Radio UK.

“As soon as we began talking to Nick about working together, he was adamant that we should record as much as we possibly could live” says the band. “So we locked ourselves into the studio and didn’t leave until we had an album. It’s quite a varied mix and we feel it says a lot about who we are, who we’ve been so far and who we’re becoming.”

Highlights include the bold aggression of opening track, ‘The Beggar’s Song’ to the more traditional shanty sounds of tracks like ‘A Local Man’ and ‘The Sleeping Boat’. The mournful melody of ‘The Day You Went To Sea’ is a great contrast to upbeat songs like ‘Another Day’ – a conventional break up song, but with trumpets and the glorious ‘America’ – a song about how we measure success. But it’s the album’s quieter moments that are some it’s best. There’s the delicate ‘Love And War,’ about letting go of something that you hold dear, the sweet simplicity of ‘Are You Listening?’ and the stunning single, ‘Flowers’, released in September. The track made Apple Music’s ‘Hot Tracks’ Playlist and the accompanying video hit 5-figure plays overnight helping the band to win the public vote for Amazing Radio’s Audition Poll.  Finally don’t miss the quiet beauty of closing title track ‘All That We had We Stole’, about balancing art and life and the bare but pained hidden track ‘The Walk And The Weight.’

“We recorded most of this album over Easter 2015 and it’s been gestating since long before then” says Angie. “A lot of musicians talk about the process of making and releasing an album as being a like nurturing a child, now we get this. It’s like the longest pregnancy ever. The whole journey has been glorious, emotional and we’ve been able to work with so many brilliant and creative minds at every stage of the game. Even though we can’t wait to get the record out there, it’s also a weird and slightly reticent feeling that this process will have finally come to its end and we have to release these songs into the wild.”

Patch & The Giant are a dynamic troupe of musicians who have fast become a genuine force within the UK alt-folk scene, since releasing their debut EP The Boatswain’s Refuge on Folkroom Records in 2013 (produced by BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker).  National radio support has come from BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 andAmazing Radio, they’ve had loyal support from the blog community and have recorded live sessions for the BBC’s legendary ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, Bandstand Busking, Songs From The Shed, Sofar Sounds and many more.

They’ve also been winning over crowds on the festival circuit, playing everywhere from Green Man Festival, Secret Garden Party, Cambridge Folk Festival and Larmer Tree Festival, to Wilderness, Deershed, BoomTown Fairand Standon Calling. They’ve supported artists including The Twilight Sad, Roo Panes, Matthew&TheAtlas, John Spiers (Bellowhead), To Kill A King, Elephant Revival and Keston Cobblers’ Club and they’ve played their own headline tours around the country alongside performances at some of London’s most iconic venues, including Cecil Sharp House, Bush Hall and Scala.  The band have also just announced a full UK tour to support the album kicking off with the album launch party in London, full dates below.

‘All That We Had, We Stole’ is out 10th February 2017.

ALBUM TOUR:

10th Feb // LONDON – The Brewhouse (ALBUM LAUNCH)

11th Feb // BIRMINGHAM – The Victoria

13th Feb // MANCHESTER – The Castle

15th Feb // YORK – The Basement

16th Feb // SHREWSBURY – Hole In The Wall

17th Feb // CAMBRIDGE – Cambridge Folk Club

18th Feb // IPSWICH – Cult Café

19th Feb // SURBITON – The Lamb

 

Patch & The Giant are:

Luke Owen – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin

Angie Rance – backing vocals, accordion, trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, harmonica, mandolin

Gabriel Merryfield – violin

Derek Yau – cello, double bass

Nick Harris – backing vocals, bass guitar, percussion, acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo

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