Release Date: Sep 2, 2013
Record label: Heavenly
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Towards the tail-end of the noughties, Bolton-born Simon Aldred released two albums as Cherry Ghost. Despite a Later… with Jools Holland appearance, a short-lived placing in the Top 10 of the album charts and a surprise win at the Ivor Novello Awards, Cherry Ghost’s commercial momentum spluttered to a halt somewhere in the vicinity of I Am Kloot and other indie-rock also-rans. Invasion Of Love is Aldred’s third full-length, and it’s a striking departure from what came before it.
"You caught me on a bad night, when all my dreams were lying face down in a cheap motel," sings Out Cold's Simon Aldred, whose pungent songwriting has somehow missed out on the acclaim that garlands contemporaries such as Richard Hawley. That line, from the track Fingers Through the Glass, is typically Aldred: his writing flows with imagery so striking that you can see and feel the "blue-collar romance" he yearns for in Murder Black Corvette. Better known as the frontman of country-noir outfit Cherry Ghost, he's formed Out Cold as a solo project, partly to indulge his love of 1980s dance music, but also to mark his coming out as gay.
Probably not too many people were holding their breath for a solo project from Simon Aldred. He is the frontman of the middling UK indie band Cherry Ghost, who have had some chart success but are hardly reinventing British rock. But, like a lot of younger artists these days, Aldred is a fan of ‘80s pop and soul music, and he wanted a chance to show the love.