In this video Pat Dam Smyth plays live in session at Manchester’s Carol Nash Hall and talks with Paddy Kinsella, ahead of his Manchester show with Ren Harvieu at Manchester’s Deaf Institute on the 22nd October 2019.
Pat tell’s Paddy about working with Ren on his latest album ‘The Last King’ and the process of funding it via Pledge Music. He also talks about his experience of growing up in Northern Ireland as a teenager with the war as a constant back drop which is a theme to some of the tracks on his latest album.
The Last King is the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2012 debut ‘The Great Divide’ and, along its mesmerising way, takes in the Northern Ireland of the Troubles which formed the backdrop to Pat’s formative years; first loves, lost loves, brotherly love; a breakdown in Berlin; and a king who destroys the world. Sentiments underpinned by a desire to let go: “if it didn’t matter then, doesn’t matter now…” As the Floyd-esque swirling synths of ‘KIDS’ open the album, mimicking the sound of the Chinooks that beat out the soundtrack to Pat’s childhood, the scene is set for an album that takes the listener deep into the rubble; no sooner have your ears adjusted to the dark than they are blinded by the light. While the album may not quite be a love letter to the Northern Ireland of his youth, it is certainly a fling with his formative experiences and defining decisions he made. The new album ‘THE LAST KING’ is out now on Quiet Arch Records.
“Big , bombastic… deliciously widescreen. A remarkable flowering of Smyth’s talent.” –Q Magazine
4 **** “A mesmerising follow up… Ten tracks that merge together and yet stand out majestically with individual strength” – Clash
“Mournfulness and sunshine splashed throughout… a unique sparkle” – Gigslutz “Epic” – Cerys Matthews
An outstanding follow up… unavoidably on the nose in current times – 8/10 The Belfast Telegraph “Brilliant Stuff!”- Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 MUSIC
“An artist whose candour, lyricism and musicianship leaves affectation and hubris at the door” – The Thin Air