Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts have just signed to Wicked Cool Records and they have been working with the legendary Stevie Van Zandt. The band are proud to announce the first single with the new label Bottoms Up (Here’s To Goodbye) on 19th October. Released as a limited edition pink vinyl 7″, the B side is a swaggering cover of Paula Abdul’s 80s smash Straight Up.
In 2017 Ryan and the band reaped critical acclaim with debut album ‘The Devil’s In The Detail’ – under their previous name ‘Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors’. Singles ‘Heavy Heart’ and ‘Smarter’ received heavy radio play and were each voted Classic Rock magazine’s ‘Track of the Week’, as well as their Ginger Wildheart collaboration and Samaritans charity single, ‘F**k You Brain’.
Having already achieved Steven Van Zandt’s ‘Coolest Song In The World’ thrice on his ‘Underground Garage’ radio show, Little Steven recently heralded Ryan as ‘hope for the future’ – holding him up with such luminaries as Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl and Bille Joe Armstrong.
Speaking of the video to accompany ‘Straight Up’, Ryan says:
“I wanted something fun and quirky, something that looks like the 80s threw-up on a music video! In making it we limited the technology to old school 80s/90s effects – we’re super happy how it turned out.”
Taking Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ as a reference point for artwork on the new single, it incorporates the band’s love of all things 80’s (and Star Wars) – see how many you can spot:
To celebrate the releaseof Bottoms Up (Here’s To Goodbye) Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts go on a 9 date October UK Tour, with very special guests Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers.The two bands join together for what promises to be one of the essential tours of 2018.
Starting in Leeds at Brudenell Social Club on Wednesday 10th October, the tour culminates with a show at the Camden Assembly Room in Camden on Friday 19th October.
“Expect the most fun you’ll have at a show this year“,promises Texas based singer/songwriter Ryan Hamilton “This tour is gonna feel like a celebration of hard work paying off, and dreams coming true. PLUS, I get to tour with some of my musical heroes. Roger Clyne has been a BIG influence and it is very surreal to be touring with him.“
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, who last played the UK in 2010, exclaimed “We’re excited to return! People can expect to see a loose, fun, revivifying rock ‘n’ roll band from the American Southwest grateful and excited to play before an audience in the United Kingdom.”
Following the Bottoms Up headline tour Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts are special guests on The Alarm’s 7 date UK tour, kicking off at London’s ULU on 28th November and wrapping up at the Liquid Room in Edinburgh on 7th December.
Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts / Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
The Bottoms Up UK Tour dates
Wed 10th Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Thur 11th Voodoo Rooms (the Speakeasy room) Edinburgh