"One of the
most promising singer-songwriters to emerge this year" - Clash
"Some of the
best pop / rock you're likely to hear this or any year" - Irish Times
mixture of melody, intelligence and sonic innovation. Extremely
impressive" - Irish Examiner
"An express train of emotions" - Daily
"Sublime, compelling stuff" - Hotpress
These are just a few of the things that have been written about Chris
Singleton and his music. A Dublin-born, London-based musician obsessed
with classic pop/rock, he writes gems of songs absolutely drenched in
In 2007 Chris released his ‘Twisted City' album in the UK and Ireland.
Taking the DIY approach, Chris self-produced this record, played most of
the instruments on it himself and then set up a label to release it on
his own. But it wasn't long before people took notice; Universal liked
what they heard so much they offered him distribution in Ireland, and
the UK quickly followed suit.
on London public transport to reflect the album's travel themes led to
coverage on BBC and ITV television; and a record which was recorded on a
shoestring budget started to gain national airplay and serious plaudits
in both the UK and Ireland.
To record his second album, 'Lady Gasoline', Chris has teamed up with a
group of London musicians who have played with an intriguing mix of
well-known acts, from the Killers to Cat Stevens.
The Distractions are Andy Fleet (piano), John Gibbons (backing vocals),
Stelios Kalisperides (guitars), Zane Maertens (bass) and Ben Woollacott
(drums), who have helped to give the new record a big dose of energy and
'Lady Gasoline' is an album which basks in an overriding sense of
influence, ambition and inspiration. There's 90s indie (Let Me Out);
articulate electro-pop (Lady Gasoline); 70s glam (Valium); and a
wonderful tribute to the Velvet Underground, the appropriately titled
Lou Reed. Sonically, this record falls very much where it lands,
gloriously fidgeting between eras.
The album's title hints more than a little at its subject matter:
ladies. Whereas each song on Chris' debut album, Twisted City, was
conceived as a stop on a tube journey through London, each track on this
record – with the obvious exception of Lou Reed – deals with a different
The album was recorded at a variety of London studios and mastered at
Abbey Road by Steve Rooke, the engineer behind the recent Beatles