Nixon Tate releases debut solo single
‘Gentle and Ruthless’ – 24 July 2020
Opening for Graham Coxon on one of the Blur legend’s rare recent gigs convinced Stoke troubadour Nixon Tate that one day he would go solo.
With his band The Honey Club, he had caught the attention of 6Music’s Tom Robinson, as well as BBC Introducing in his home city. A series of sold-out live dates and festival appearances cemented Nixon’s reputation as a storyteller with soul.
But it was the Graham Coxon support slot at the end of 2018 with The Honey Club that sowed the seed for this solo project. Nixon wanted to see what would happen if he created music alone, with only his unique vision to guide him. Now is the time for Nixon Tate to strike out on his own: on 24 July, his debut solo single – the first song from a four-track EP – will be released.
‘Gentle and Ruthless’ is stripped back, raw and emotional. Just piano, and strings from Manchester’s The Untold Orchestra. The perfect stage for Nixon’s voice and a tale of regret and confusion.
Nixon will be marking the debut single launch with a live-streamed performance on the day of the release. Tickets are available for free from his website at nixontate.com.
Nixon Tate on ‘Gentle and Ruthless’
“It’s a fleeting internal conversation about old relationships and questioning how things managed to go awry. Sometimes things get away from you, out of your own hands, and you’re not 100% sure how or why. Maybe it’s because they needed to. But the way these things work out are often tinged with some sort of regret in one way or another: could I have done this or said that and perhaps changed the course of the ship. I imagine it’s a conversation everyone has had with themselves at some point”
Producer Thom Twemlow
“I’ve worked with Nixon on his band recordings, but this solo material is really feeling like a truer representation of who he is as an artist. The potential he’s got to present his songs in a really authentic and intimate way shines through here. I loved ‘Gentle and Ruthless’ from the first demo recorded on a phone to this version, complete with some of the members of Manchester’s best recording orchestra, The Untold Orchestra. It was a pleasure to work on this song and I’m excited for the other tracks we’re working on too”
Stoke has always had a legacy of Gallagher wannabees and metal bands. But in recent years, something really exciting has been building in the city, a much more diverse and inclusive music scene, with bands and artists now starting to get much-deserved national attention.
With his band The Honey Club, Nixon Tate firmly established himself in this new scene, catching the eye of 6Music’s Tom Robinson and BBC Introducing in his home city, and with a string of sold-out gigs leading to a support slot for Blur legend Graham Coxon at the end of 2018.
In 2020, Nixon Tate is striking out on his own with his first solo material. Inspired by classic songwriters like Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, Nixon has the soul of a storyteller. “I need songs to talk to me,” he says, “and lyrics to tell stories and conjure narratives and realities.”