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Tuesday 28 March 2017

Truth & Fiction: The Undercover Hippy Returns To Brighton With Songs From The Serious To The Ludicrous

Sensing the shadows cast by tyrannical forces growing ever greater by the day - The Undercover Hippy is back and on a mission to combat the sinister powers-that-be with his cunning blend of humour, optimism and hard-hitting political commentary.

Mounting a new campaign with his first studio release since 2014's Monkey Suit, the subversive DJ turned singer-songwriter makes his long overdue return this Summer.

Largely inspired-by and rallying-against much that has come to grip politics and society over the last twelve months, Truth & Fiction is the forthcoming new record from the artist AKA Billy Rowan and will land on 20th May 2017.

Covering topics from the serious to the ludicrous, The Undercover Hippy's latest effort sees him offer his unique take on: fake news, internet privacy and the U.S. election, nappy wearing barristers and best friends trying to snog your mum.

Truth & Fiction is a much needed dose of passionate storytelling and thought provoking protest pieces that make for a must listen from one man on a mission.

Speaking about the writing and recording of the new album and what to expect, Billy says:

"For a while I was a bit worried that the last album Monkey Suit might have been the best I had to offer, especially when three weeks before going into the studio we still only had five songs written for a 10 track album! 


"But actually, the songs that have been written and developed during and after the recording process are probably my favourite tracks on the album. 

"It"s also meant that those songs are still really topical, as I've literally been writing lyrics and recording vocals right up to the final week of mixing. So yeah, I'm really happy with how it"s turned out, so you can expect big things!"

Those familiar with Billy"s music, will already know he is definitely not your average singer songwriter. After seven years spent DJ'ing and MC'ing on the Drum & Bass circuit, Billy switched up identities, swapping the decks for a guitar as he began a new life with a new moniker in 2007: the Undercover Hippy was born. 

Touring relentlessly ever since, The Undercover Hippy brings together soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc, with a charismatic style and playful sound that has had audiences rapt from day one.

Working with producer and engineer Dean Forrest (Backbeat Soundsystem, Easy Star Records) at Cube Studios in Cornwall, they laid down the groundwork for the follow up to the Monkey Suit album with eyes on making their most accomplished piece of work to date.  

Locking himself away in his studio, Billy set about writing and developing the recordings into finished songs, before finally working with grammy nominated mix engineer Dean Barratt (Natty, Shy FX, Anoushkar Shankar) to mix, finesse and truly bring the resultant tracks that now make up Truth & Fiction to life.

With Truth & Fiction ready to drop this May, The Undercover Hippy - backed by his full band, mixing guitars, keys, drums, bass, horns and backing vocals - will visit Komedia Brighton on Wednesday 3rd May 2017. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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