After massive reborn success with Squeeze last year, Glenn Tilbrook strips it all right back again for his latest tour.
The Happy Ending tour – which takes its name from his forthcoming album - will see Glenn
tour the UK completely solo and acoustic for the first time in four years.
Along the way he will be showcasing songs from the new album which is due for release early next year.
CD copies of the album will be available at the show, and then in January the album will be released as a vinyl, CD, download card package – his first solo recording since
The tour takes him to the Komedia in Brighton on Monday, December 16 and then the Brook in Southampton on Wednesday, December 18.
Glenn is relishing the freedom the solo, acoustic format will give him: “Just being myself, I have the ability to wing the show, and that gives the show a different edge. It’s more intimate, and it means that I can span all parts of my career, with Squeeze and the solo stuff, and The Co-Operative that I did and The Fluffers.”
And rest assured. The album might be called Happy Ending, but there is no ending in sight, Glenn can confirm.
“For the album I just wanted to get back to just acoustic instruments, and I wanted also to use my iPad. The iPad gives me a lot of different sounds, a lot of different apps. The challenge was not to use drums or electric guitars, and that gives the album a certain texture. Some of the apps are just amazing, and you can make the iPad into a proper musical instrument.
“I have been fooling around with music all my life, but I also love the technology. I am not a luddite when it comes to working with the new technology.”
He used that technology a couple of years ago when he was last at the Brook, issuing that night’s concert as a live album at the end of the show. He did the same with Squeeze when they toured the UK in the autumn of last year.
“People like to get quite a lot of new songs delivered that way. I said to Chris (Difford) and the rest of the guys in Squeeze that we should do that, and every night we delivered two albums worth of stuff. Everything is about how far your audience will take you.
“Record sales are not the staple of my existence, but the important thing is to make it fresh each time you do it. With my new album, I am going to be selling copies of the CD at the show, but next year I am going to be releasing the album on vinyl, but within that will be the CD and a download. The reason is that vinyl is such a beautiful way to present your music that I have gravitated towards that. If you buy the vinyl, you get so much more. It is like a way of underlining the value of the music. I love Spotify, but sometimes, it can be too much. When you used to walk into Tower Records or HMV, it was just a bewildering array.”
But now the re-emergence of vinyl is offering something different: “I love the fact that the renaissance (for the independent record shops) is very much vinyl-driven.
“With the vinyl, it is the sound quality you get, but it is also such a beautiful format. It is much nicer than the little plastic box you get a CD in!”