Monday 17 February 2020

LISTEN: Ciaran Lavery - 'Can I Begin Again'

From an acoustic set opening up for Luke Sital-Singh a few years ago, I remember Ciaran Lavery's music as folky and unassuming... so I am absolutely loving his rebirth of sorts for the first single from his upcoming fourth record. Can I Begin Again sees Ciaran diverging into the gritty world of indie rock, with the main lyric of the track "I need to please myself" becoming the central message of a song about starting again.

Ciaran explains that the track "was written under the encouragement of my therapist to write everything down, whether it's rational or irrational, to just get it all on to paper. The song is for anyone, who either in their personal or professional life, have spent too long servicing the needs of others, putting their own thoughts and feelings second." 

Talking about the upcoming record, Ciaran explains that "I knew there needed an urgency in the songs that were being created in order to balance the nakedness of the lyrics [...] It's the Joy Division trick of making people dance while you punch them in the gut with the true message - which I love." 

Ciaran is touring the UK with Boy & Bear on UK dates this month - tickets here.

20th Feb: Gorilla, Manchester
21st: Arts School, Glasgow
22nd: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
24th: Institute 3, Birmingham
25th: Thekla, Bristol
26th: O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

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