4th December via Trout Records
Grand Pocket Orchestra frontman Paddy Hanna is set to release his second single, ‘Underprotected’ via Trout Records.
Part of the same Dubln scene which spawned Girl Band – who he recently supported on their Irish tour – as well as his Trout label mates O Emperor and Saint Sister, Hanna’s songwriting calls to mind Elvis Costello at his lovesick, literate best, as well as the rickety genre-spanning of Ezra Furman.
‘Underprotected’ merges a relentless krautrock beat with complex interlocking guitar lines, not unlike Wilco at their most airborne, with some cheeky “sha-la-la” backing vocals thrown in for good measure. Hanna describes the track as “an ode to self-doubt, a story of embracing worth, while mourning the loss of a sorrow which once defined you,” and his voice – draped in his proudly undisguised Dublin accent – commands the track.
Bouncy b-side ‘Chocolate and Salt’ shows off all aspects of his voice, veering from gentle Edwyn Collins croon to Tom Waits growl in the space of a sentence. Meanwhile, his unique turn of phrase – “the dusty rug of old world thinking has covered me too long” – mark him as a singular voice amongst his Dublin peers.
PADDY HANNA – TOUR DATES
NOVEMBER 30th LONDON: Shacklewell Arms (with O Emperor and Saint Sister)