The Hanging Stars
Continue tour with Wolf People this week
April 5th – Bristol – The Exchange (supporting Wolf People)
April 6th – Islington Assembly Hall, London (supporting Wolf People)
April 15th – Shacklewell Arms – London (supporting Paperhead)
June 1st-3rd – Red Rooster Festival
Having wowed the crowds at shows in Hebden Bridge and Stockton-on-Tees over the weekend, The Hanging Stars continue their tour with Wolf People this week, with a date at Bristol’s The Exchange on 5 April and at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on Thursday 6 April. It will be the third time that The Hanging Stars have played at Islington Assembly Hall, appearing with The Clientele and Teenage Fanclub on the previous occasions. You can pick up some limited edition screen printed Hanging Stars posters at the shows!
Blending folk pastoralism with swampy 60s Americana, The Hanging Stars sound like the missing link between the California desert sun and the grey skies of London Town. The album was recorded between LA, Nashville and Walthamstow, with each of these vastly different places leaving an indelible mark on the songs. Their debut album Over the Silvery Lake came out in March 2016 and the band are working on their follow-up, due to be released later in the year.
The band is made up of songwriter, singer and guitarist Richard Olson, Sam Ferman on bass, Paulie Cobra on drums, Patrick Ralla on banjo, guitar, keyboards and assorted instruments, with pedal steel courtesy of Horse and Joe Harvey Whyte.
The Hanging Stars place themselves firmly as part of a long folk tradition encompassing European and North American influences – as a continuation rather than a pastiche of these styles.
On the back of their album release, The Hanging Stars played sold-out shows at The Finsbury in Manor House and London’s The Lexington for an end of year extravaganza. They also played at the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia in 2016 and will be playing this year’s Red Rooster Festival in June.
Watch video for “The House on the Hill” here (directed by Paul Kelly)
Listen to “She Never Sleeps” here
Praise for Over the Silvery Lake
“An album with enough of a hazy, sun-dappled charm to make the capital’s dreariest weather bearable.” The Times 4*s
“A promising debut from London’s The Hanging Stars, who switch deftly between deliciously sentimental Americana and swaggering psychedelia.” Uncut
“Bushy-tailed debut.” Q
“A truly beautiful record.” Louder than War
“a hazy, desert-dream of a song, nicely sharpened with steely-eyed guitars, Mersey-laced harmonies and just a whiff of the Gun Club.” – Guardian
“Swampy psychedelia that recalls the Medway Delta as much as the Mississippi, the band’s new single neatly conjoins these influences.” – Clash
“Smoothes its way through, spreading its charm with consummate ease and totally capturing a sense of place and time.” Record Collector
“Songwriter Richard Olson knows how to take modern folksy skiffle, melancholy balladry and swampy pop and lets his band knit it something new but somehow classic.” Shindig 4*s