Lout Promotions Presents:
SAM JORDAN & THE DEAD BUOYS
EP LAUNCH SHOW
In Spring 2016, Sam Jordan & The Dead Buoys, (previously ‘Dead Boys’ but more on that later), released their debut When Golden Morning Comes E.P. via Dead Good Records and Cooking Vinyl Publishing. It blended mesmerizing and melancholic folk-tinged soundscapes with an aura of dark, troubled romanticism. Sam’s “distinctive” (Steve Lamacq) voice a surprising marriage of booming baritone, Tom Waits-esque gruffness and a gentle falsetto. The E.P. clocked up an impressive run of accolades for an unknown artist; tracks premiered on Q Magazine 405, Clash and Gigslutz; Folk Radio, For Folk’s Sake; big name sessions were recorded for the likes of Daytrotter and Sofar Sounds, songs were spun by Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 6Music), and gigs sold out at London’s The Islington and Servant Jazz Quarters (among others).
Autumn, 2016 was as eventful for Sam Jordan & The Dead Buoys. Some time was spent fighting New York punk rockers The Dead Boys, (and their formidable fans), and Dead Good Records over rights to use the name. The result a subtle name change for the former, the ‘u’ in Buoys giving Sam Jordan & The Dead Buoys an aptly romantic flair with its nautical edge. While more importantly, work began on the second release, the Thoughts Of Paradise E.P. at Tilehouse Studios, the Analogue studio built by Mike Oldfield in the 70's and now run by his son Luke Oldfield. Luke Mixed and Produced the record using 16 track tape. The result is an expansive set of four songs that defy the short creative period between the two releases, such is the evolvement of Sam Jordan & The Dead Buoys’ sound. From My Nirvana’s slinky psychedelia, through to Favourite Messenger, its spoken word opening and layered, coiling percussion reminiscent of Tindersticks’ classic Sister before jolting into its country hued chorus. Only I’ve Never Seen Her Fall shows traces of Sam Jordan & The Dead Buoys debut, conjuring as it does doomed characters from the night’s underworld, in its gentle tale of unconventional love.