We met up with Graham Coxon, before his Leeds concert, to talk about the new album "Love Travels at illegal speeds" and new single "standing on my own again" aswell as his UK tour.
Graham Coxon releases his brand new album "Love Travels At Illegal Speeds" on Parlophone on March 13. The album, easily his most focussed and cohesive work to date, is preceded by the single "Standing On My Own Again" on Feb 27.
Graham will be touring the UK in March/April to coincide with the album release, and will also support the Kaiser Chiefs on their April UK tour.
"Love Travels At Illegal Speeds" was recorded in London and was produced by Stephen Street. All songs were written and performed by Graham.
The single "Standing On My Own Again" sets the tone of the album, a tour de force of inescapable hooks tied to the most powerful tunes Graham has ever come up with. Love, in all its states, gives the album a rough theme - as Graham says, "This album is like a trip down the fine line between love and hate".
Graham's tour dates are listed overleaf. His last album "Happiness in Magazines" was his most successful solo album to date and included the anthemic hit single "Freakin' Out" and further hits "Bittersweet Bundle of Misery" and "Spectacular".
20 Newcastle University
21 Liverpool Academy
22 Glasgow Garage
23 Edinburgh Liquid room
25 Leeds Cockpit
26 Norwich Waterfront
27 Leicester University
28 Manchester Ritz Ballroom
30 Cambridge Junction
31 Oxford Zodiac
1 Nottingham Marcus Garvey Centre Ballroom
2 Bristol Bierkeller
4 Brighton Concorde
5 London Hammersmith Palais
Photographer: Pennie Smith - Date: 01 Nov 2005 - Copyright: Pennie Smith
He also slapped a jet-lagged Taylor Hawkins.
The acclaimed performer had just cancelled touring due to a battle with cancer.