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Codeine Velvet Club

Codeine Velvet Club are fronted by Glasgow based jazz singer Lou Hickey and The Fratellis lead singer Jon Lawler.

Jon Lawler stated in 2008, while The Fratellis were touring their Here We Stand album, that he wanted to release a solo effort to keep himself busy between albums, indicating that the band were going to take a break once they finished touring the album. When The Fratellis finished their touring commitments in July 2009, after the Hop Farm Festival, the band went on to their new projects.

Fans already knew that Jon was going to do a side project by this point. It was later reported that he had formed a band called ‘Codeine Breakfast Club’ with Lou Hickey on NME, but fans had already been aware of the involvement of Lawler and Hickey.

On 23 August 2009, it was reported in the Sunday Mail that the band was to be called Codeine Velvet Club and will be releasing their eponymous debut album on 16 November 2009. The article also included a track-by-track with Jon Lawler. This article also mentioned that Lawler and Hickey shared songwriting duties between them.

The band’s official website was unveiled (although in a basic form for now) and featured a clip of their song Vanity Kills. Fans who sign up to the mailing list were able to view the full song as performed by the band. Later on, the website contained information about their debut shows (15, 17 and 19 September), a video player was also added to the site, showing full versions of “Vanity Kills” and new track “Hollywood”. Reviews to the initial shows were positive, complimenting the duo’s vocals and the musical arrangements.

The full website debuted on 28 September 2009, with a free download of album track “Nevada” in acoustic form. The band were confirmed for “Homecoming Live: The Final Fling”, taking place at the Glasgow SECC on 28 November 2009. After, the band confirmed their first full UK Tour on 8 October 2009, stopping at various club venues across the country.

The band unveiled their video for debut single “Vanity Kills” on YouTube on 11 November 2009

“The Black Roses” – Codeine Velvet Club

To buy the music of Codeine Velvet Club click HERE especially their great cover of The Stone Roses “I Am The Resurrection”

Here they both are in their day jobs

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March 9, 2010 - Posted by | New Music, Video | , ,

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