Here come Danny & The Champions Of The World with album number 6 – writing themselves large, giving themselves the space and taking the time to deliver a magnum opus. With Brilliant Light Danny Wilson has made his All Things Must Pass – a big record of hit after hit stretching over two albums plus a further bonus set of instrumentals. He’s allowed both himself and his band the absolute freedom to explore experiment and collaborate – and they’ve grabbed it with both hands. The Champs are understandably proud of what they’ve achieved.
Producer and bass player Chris Clarke says outright it’s the best record the band has come up with so far while for Danny it’s “a bit like taking a peek into somebody’s house, there’s great stuff that immediately grabs your attention and then there’s other stuff and you start out thinking it might be a bit mundane, but as the whole picture takes shape it proves to be incredibly beautiful”. That’s typical Danny Wilson a brave stab at modesty but far too honest to sell himself short. He and his band are already much loved for their whole-hearted openness their democracy and their sheer joy in what they do. They’re going to be loved too for this record. Very soon Brilliant Light will be the soundtrack to an awful lot of people’s lives and that is no small achievement.
‘Swift Street’ is the first song to be shared from ‘Brilliant Light’. The song is deeply personal to Danny George Wilson who co-wrote the song with Polly Paulusma and Carra Bacon. “Swift Street is the house where my mother grew up, the song is about 3 different photographs – one of me and my brothers playing in a billy cart in the driveway, the second is of my grandfather aged 14 standing with his mother outside his childhood home in Aberdeen – he left for Australia after the Second World War. The third is of my folks in the garden of the house in Swift Street before they left to live in London. Each photograph takes a verse. I was nervous about my mum hearing it, but she loves it”.
Youtube stream: https://youtu.be/rbR3lXzJd2k
Soundcloud stream: https://soundcloud.com/loose-music/danny-the-champions-of-the-world-swift-street/
The band embark on a UK tour in September:-
DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD
+ Special Guests WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR
SEPTEMBER 2017 TOUR
12 – LEEDS Brudenell
13 – NOTTINGHAM Maze
14 – SHEFFIELD Plug
15 – MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
16 – GATESHEAD Caedmon Hall
18 – BRISTOL Lantern
19 – CAMBRIDGE Junction 2
20 – LONDON Scala
21 – CARDIFF Globe
22 – OXFORD Bullingdon
23 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS Forum