Wednesday 21 February 2018

LISTEN: Joe Hicks - 'Rest Your Head'

I've just realised that I've been to gigs on the 21st of February in 2015 (a Sofar Sounds Oxford show with Rachel Sermanni, Tom Terrell, Twin Hidden, Benedict Benjamin and Monument Valley), 2016 (Eliza & The Bear) and 2017 (Jack Savoretti playing an intimate acoustic show for War Child.) Not one to ruin a pattern, I'm looking forward to seeing Adam Barnes tonight at the launch of his brand new record Vacancy At Nasa at St Pancras Old Church. As if Adam and the special venue weren't enough for one evening, there's Christof and Joe Hicks in support - it should be a beautiful, if heartbreaking, evening. Who doesn't love sad acoustic/folk songs? In fact, I recently set up a playlist for my favourite acoustic songs this year!

I was first introduced to Joe Hicks as Adam's guitarist/backing vocalist back at one of the first gigs I went to while I was at uni, while volunteering at the local Oxjam Festival in October 2014. He's been releasing solo music for a year or so now and tonight is the first opportunity I've had to catch him playing live and I'm really looking forward to it! He recently shared his first new music of the year in the shape of the single Rest Your Head, a track written about a friend's struggle with depression. While the subject matter is sad, with lines like "you've gotta see you can fight this", "come and rest your head on me, if you're feeling low" and "I'll do anything if I see the signs" Joe has managed to maintain a pretty uplifting, empowering and inspirational message in the track. It's an incredibly moving tune and more than worth a listen.

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