Howie Payne today releases ‘In Dreams’, the title track lifted from his newly announced ‘In Dreams’ EP, due for release on May 15, 2020. The new single follows on the tail of January’s ‘Into Daylight’ – former Stands main man Howie’s first new music in 2 years, also due to feature on the new EP – and a sold-out London headline show. Stream ‘In Dreams’ from here.
Born out of a period of sleep-disturbed jet lag and captured live within the week on 2020’s Leap Year day, Payne says of ‘In Dreams; “I’d just got back from a trip to New York and had some jet lag that was messing up my sleep and making for some pretty far out dreams. So it’s the middle of the night, I’m awake and I started thinking about how in dreams everything you see, hear, feel, touch, do, you invent it all yourself. This line ‘You’re everyone and everything in dreams’ is floating around in my mind, and the song came together around that thought. We recorded it a couple of days after I wrote it. I wanted it to be really guitar heavy, and loud, so we turned everything up and recorded it live with the whole band in the room. Doing it that way is always a real buzz so it was a very cool recording session and because I’d only just written it, it feels very fresh and the music has a real intent behind it.”
The ‘In Dreams’ EP – the much-anticipated follow-up to Howie’s critically-praised 2017 album ‘Mountain’ – is the latest addition to a burgeoning solo career begun back in 2009 with Payne’s Ethan Johns-produced debut, ‘Bright Light Ballads’. Payne came to widespread recognition in the early noughties – far beyond the buzzy, fertile local scene of his beloved Liverpool (his brother Sean is drummer for The Zutons and super group The Jaded Hearts Club, and sister Candie is a visual artist & musician) – via his solo-project-cum-band, The Stands. Highly regarded both by critics & musical luminaries alike including the likes of the Stone Roses, Spiritualized, Jack White, Noel Gallagher and Bill Ryder-Jones (the latter two both of which made appearances on the band’s debut album), The Stands toured variously alongside Paul Weller, The Libertines, The Coral and Oasis. The band released two enduring albums (2004’s debut ‘All Years Leaving’ and the following year’s ‘Horse Fabulous’), burning brightly before Payne disbanded the outfit in late 2005.
In Dreams EP track-listing
- Faster Than Light
- In Dreams
- Into Daylight
- Fade Out, Fade In