TUNE Willie J Healey - Would You Be
Artist: Willie J Healey
Track: Would You Be
Focus Date: 16th December 2016
Label: National Anthem / Columbia Records
Where From: Oxford
Willie J Healey has premiered new single ‘Would You Be’, which is released today via National Anthem / Columbia Records. He has also confirmed a set of dates with Hinds – having previously toured with Beach Baby and Summer Camp – in addition to further solo shows below.
As drawn to lo-fi slackers like Mac Demarco and Ariel Pink as classic US storytellers like Bruce Springsteen or Lou Reed, 22-year-old Oxford-based misfit Willie J Healey’s songs explore themes of alienation and escape. It’s an open-road soundtrack which feels both warmly familiar in its lackadaisical stylings, and refreshing in its celebration of youth and young manhood. His most instant and impressive track to date, ‘Would You Be’ is a sprawling three-minute pop leviathan - restless in its twists, turns, and befitting a songwriter getting lost in his own world.
Willie’s formative recordings – ‘HD Malibu’, ‘Saturday Night Feeling’, and the single ‘Pipedreams’ – have informed a gradual transformation which began when leaving college. He worked for his dad as a plasterer for a couple of years, travelling around his everybody-knows-everybody town in a battered old limo by way of eye-catching transportation. Songs were written and self-produced by Willie in his garage, lending the likes of ‘Would You Be’ its gruff, raw energy. Yet it’s a sound which is suitably panoramic, and pan-Atlantic: equal inspiration comes from cult film classics, The Girl Next Door, and subverting small-town tedium into wry and invigorating modern rock and roll. It’s true to himself, constructed by himself, and mostly for himself, but it’s a sound that Willie J Healey looks set to drive further forward still.
Oct 29 - Bristol, Breakfast Records (All-Day)
Nov 4 – Manchester (Off the Record Festival)
Nov 26 - Manchester (w. Hinds)
Nov 27 - Glasgow (w. Hinds)
Dec 15th - Oxford Headline. - The Bullingdon