About the artist

“I wanted to make a rock album!” 

So claims James Andrews, the London based songwriter and alt-rocker. Having spent the best part of fifteen years focusing on a delicate and introverted approach to making music, he felt that for this record - it was time to stomp on some pedals. “During the beginnings of the COVID crisis, I decided to group a bunch of unreleased songs together and start recording a new album. At the time I had become re-obsessed with the bands I grew up listening to, like Blur, The Smiths and Manic Street Preachers. I thought; well, this is the music that inspired me all those years ago when I first started to play music – why not approach this record with that style of rock ‘n’ roll that I adore?”. And so that was it, he began laying down tracks in April 2020 and by June of the same year, the album was finished. Or so he thought. 

“I finished recording all the parts, and it felt nice and full and I was happy with it. But then it occurred to me, we’re in the middle of a pandemic, there’s so much misery and grief out there at the moment and artists are suffering. I wanted to connect with people, so I thought - let’s see who is up for getting involved in this”. He put an ad up online asking if anyone was interested in adding parts to the record. The response was overwhelming. “Within a few days, I had drummers, bassists, piano players, guitarists and vocalists showing interest and it just kept growing.” The process also enabled him to reconnect with those he’d previously worked with. “My friends Stephen Good and Nathan Chan are amazing musicians, and they have helped me work on arrangements and production in the past, so to have the chance to do so again was a real honour. We’ve all come far on our respective journeys, and that sense of experience made its way onto the record.” 

Lyrically, the album is about redemption and regrowth. The cycles of life, the birth and death or everything, and the regeneration of all things, “So the small things then” - he jokes. "A lot of my songs are about suffering and the fragilities of life, but I realised that this collection of songs contain a message of optimism – about the nature of change and how tomorrow is always another day. A kind of ode to the yin and yang of existence, I guess.” 

…And Then The Light Went Out is an LP to get lost inside. It’s almost an hour’s length of emotional outpouring, diving from scratchy and crunchy guitars to tender breakdowns with powerfully melodic vocals and wistful, wonderment-filled lyrics.

The record is out now.