John Hassall & The April Rainers release a new single ‘Whether Girl’ through VAM Records on July 28th. ‘Whether Girl’ is taken from the bands acclaimed debut album,‘Wheels To Idyll,’ produced by Kalle Gustafsson from The Soundtrack of Our Lives and released in March of this year. John Hassall & The April Rainers feature as ‘Artists In Residence’ for Radio X, with a specially recorded four song session, broadcast week commencing 19th June.
John Hassall describes ‘Whether Girl’ as being a play on words about “small-mindedness and nationalism. When you don’t even question the correctness of your own view, because of your arrogance.” The video was filmed at the botanical gardens in the bands’ hometown of Aarhus, Denmark.
John Hassall moved to Denmark with his wife Line in 2009. John (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) met fellow Brit, James Jefferys (lead guitar/vocals) and Dane Jakob Bruno (drums/vocals) at Line’s poetry club, and completed the lineup with Norwegian Erlend Eggestad (bass & vocals).
The April Rainers supported John’s Libertines band-mate Peter Doherty at Manchester Albert Hall & the Hackney Empire last year, played their own UK headline tour in February and appeared at the Isle Of Wight Festival earlier this month. They will be playing in London’s Proud Camden in June and the Standon Calling festival in July:
23rd London Proud Camden
30th Standon Standon Calling
John Hassall will also be touring with the Libertines during the summer, with festival dates at: Tramlines Festival (July 21st-23rd), Truck Festival (21st-23rd July), Newcastle – Live From Times Square (3rd August) and London – On Black Heath (10th September).
What the press said about ‘Wheels To Idyl’
“A Sprightly, Laurel Canyon-style bucolic rock voyage, with Hassall’s hushed tenor voice cooing over CSN harmonies, wistful major-seventh and Robby
Krieger-ish guitar explorations.” (Uncut)
“Hassall’s tunefulness rarely misfires… and the homely nostalgic charms never wear out their welcome” (Mojo)
“West Coast harmonies dominate amid blissful psychedelia – a safe haven from his stormy day job.” (Q Magazine)
“Wheels to idyll is an inspired, brilliant and demanding record. It represents everything that a fan of English pop can expect” (Sound of Violence)