When Richard Hawley croons his particular brand of lushly arranged chamber pop hearts tend to swoon. The Sheffield, England native exists in the twilight somewhere between the heyday of Scott Walker, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley in equal measure.
The son of a steel worker, Hawley was taught the guitar at an early age while living on the wrong side of the tracks in the working class city of Sheffield. In 1994, Hawley co-founded the short lived Britpop quartet Longpigs and the band soon signed to U2’s Mother label. After two albums and a final American tour that left Hawley in a drug induced alcoholic stupor he was approached by long time friend (and Pulp frontman) Jarvis Cocker to be the Pulp’s touring... Read More