William The Conqueror today release their critically acclaimed second album ‘Bleeding On The Soundtrack’ via Loose and share the album’s lead track Thank Me Later via Soundcloud and YouTube, a cynical take on teenage romance, as songwriter Ruarri Joseph expands:
“Romance as a teenager was a good distraction to reality but I was pretty hopeless really. It’s good look back with a sense of humour and know that for any girl who’s heart I broke, I’m sure I probably did them a favour. Like the song says, I’m a loser at heart, complicated to boot.” – Ruarri Joseph on Thank Me Later.
William The Conqueror are aforementioned ex-Atlantic singer-songwriter Ruarri Joseph (vocals/guitar), Harry Harding (drums) and Naomi Holmes (bass). Alongside the band Joseph is able to be bolder and more honest lyrically and also bolder musically. The exact sound of William the Conqueror is hard to pinpoint. They create a sound with an old soul that fuses a dark, driven Americana with a big grunge/alt-rock influence, a hint of blues and Southern rock and with indie-rock’s energy, with new album ‘Bleeding On The Soundtrack’ being produced by Ethan Johns (Jayhawks, Kings of Leon, Laura Marling).
‘Bleeding On The Soundtrack’ is the second album in a trilogy of part-autobiographical albums following the equally well-received debut ‘Proud Distributor of the Peace’ (2017, Loose). While the debut dealt with Ruarri Joseph’s childhood spent in idyllic Cornwall (where Joseph now once again resides), ‘Bleeding on the Soundtrack’ is a darker more disturbed journey into addiction seen through the eyes of an adolescence. It’s brutally honest, raw, sometimes humorous in a deliciously acerbic way, and ultimately very cathartic.
‘Bleeding on the Soundtrack’ was recorded at Real World Studios with aforementioned producer Ethan Johns. It is out today on Vinyl, CD and Digitally via Loose.
This month William The Conqueror play a string of in-store dates around the country including Rough Trade East, London on 21st February, with an extensive UK tour following in April/May including a headline gig at The Lexington, London on 21st May. The band will also perform at this year’s SXSW, Austin.
2nd March: Vinilo, Southampton (1pm)
UK Tour + Festivals:
30th May: Red Rooster, Suffolk
Tour dates + ticket links HERE