New album out in June!
THE MUSTANGS, one of the UK’s most established blues rock bands, are to release their new environmentally-themed concept album WATERTOWN in June. The band’s drummer Jon Bartley is co-leader of the Green Party.
The album has been mixed by Wayne Proctor, award-winning blues producer and former drummer of UK blues rock giants King King. The Mustangs singer Adam Norsworthy has regularly been cited as one of the country’s finest songwriters by a number of music publications and websites
Jon Bartley says: “This new album feels very fulfilling for me. It’s the first time that we’ve gone out with a record that has a message that aligns with what I do politically. I loved playing on it because it’s got some great tunes and lovely performances by the rest of the band, but there’s an extra dimension due to the themes and the story. I’m looking forward to playing these songs at festivals over the summer.”
WATERTOWN, which is a follow-up to 2017’s Just Passing Through, will be coming out on Skyfire Records on June 7th. Just Passing Through was also mixed by Wayne Proctor and Steve Wright of House of Tone at Y Dream Studios, North Wales.
Wayne Proctor says: “House of Tone has been working with Adam Norsworthy and the Mustangs for a while now. We’ve done two of Adam’s solo records, and the last Mustangs album. You always know you’re getting A-grade song writing with these guys; not just interesting arrangements, but also great lyrics and melodies. There’s plenty to get our teeth into and have fun with!”
Wayne is a four-time individual winner at the British Blues Awards, and has also lifted the ‘Best Band’ and ‘Best Album’ awards three times each with King King. His burgeoning production credits take in Oli Brown and Ben Poole, as well as four of King King’s albums.
Adam Norsworthy says: “WATERTOWN is about the conflict between unchanging nature and the all-consuming march of city and industry, told through the eyes of a young couple. Jon Bartley was really the inspiration for the story, which came to me when we played at the Glastonbury Festival last year. We played in the Green Fields area, where Jon also did a lot of public speaking. The festival is a piece of heaven on earth for a few days every year. We met so many people who are passionate about preserving and protecting what’s left of our natural environment, and we wanted to have our say too.”
The Mustangs, who were originally formed in 2001, have produced eight albums of original material. They have long been a favourite on the live circuit, and have previously been nominated for four British Blues Awards. They are known for critically-acclaimed albums of original songs, and their dynamic live show.
Adam says: “Just Passing Through was a concept album as well, but it was very recognisably by a blues band. We’ve stretched our wings on this record to take in more of our influences and the music we love, including folk, rock, and psychedelia. There’s even a nod to Frank Sinatra in the title! The Mustangs DNA is still present, and we’re hoping that our fans in the blues and R’n’B communities will enjoy taking this journey with us.”